Ranking every player on the San Francisco Giants post-All Star break
Apr 2, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt (41) pitches during the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics in a preseason game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
- Jeremy Affeldt
With a near-6.00 ERA, the Giants’ once lights-out left-hander finds himself at the bottom of this list. Considering he had a bounce-back 2014 campaign, the Giants will almost certainly give the 36-year-old a chance to redeem himself in the second half.
- Joaquin Arias
Arias has gone from a serviceable backup to a fringe roster candidate this year. His defense is still decent, but his .214/.214/.286 slash line is not. He might make it onto one more postseason roster, but it will be his last hurrah if he does.
- Jean Machi
Machi’s seen a sharp decline across the board this year, and his ERA has nearly doubled: 2.58 in 2014 to 4.98 in 2015. “El Baquiro” has looked a little better since coming off the DL, but I could see Osich, Broadway or even Tim Lincecum (?!) taking his job if he doesn’t keep that ERA below 5. Speaking of Timmy…
- Tim Lincecum
He started the season off strong, but Lincecum’s early performance was largely smoke and mirrors (a favorable BABIP, among other things). With a crowded rotation and Timmy’s trade value diminished, it will be interesting to see what the Giants do with their former ace once he’s ready to pitch. Even with all he’s done for the organization, I’d lean towards a change of scenery.
- Yusmeiro Petit
Continuing with our trend of bullpen disappointments, we arrive at the Giants’ longman. Poor performance in starts inflated his numbers last year, but he’s been used almost exclusively out of the ’pen in 2015, so that excuse is out the window. Just one season removed from MLB history, Petit could be on the chopping block if he continues to falter.
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