Not to be confused with Pablo Sandoval, the Giants’ other plump Venezuelan who came over from the Kansas City Royals mid-season was a fantastic addition to the orange and black, despite only pitching 17.2 innings in his 27 appearances. With both Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez on the roster, there weren’t a lot of situations or innings for Mijares to claim, but in the few he did – the results were good.
Mijares’ Giants career started off solid as the big reviler went un-scored upon in his first six outings but was bombed in his seventh outing of the season, where he gave up three earned in 1.2 innings of work against the San Diego Padres. The hiccup was just that though as Jose didn’t allow a run in his final sixteen outings of the regular season and his mid-season acquisition proved to be extremely fruitful to the orange and black.
Unfortunately, Mijares’ first appearance of the the postseason didn’t go as well as the final sixteen outings of the season as he gave up three earned against the Reds in the Divisional Round in the Giants’ 9-0, Game 2 loss. Still, the lefty proved his worth as he appeared in five more postseason games after the initial disaster and held the opposition to just one hit and zero runs in his 2.2 innings.
There weren’t a lot of times where Mijares could make his mark on the game as in many situations he was placed in a mop-up role, but in the few chances he had, the big left hander did his thing and proved to be another good Sabean mid-season pick-up.
Season Grade: B