Royals Nightly
Monday, June 28, 2004
Gone for 6-8 weeks. As Hawk Harrellson would say, "he GONE!" It looks like his coveted team lead in saves might be in jeopardy!! Its essentially been a lost season for Affeldt, and if going on the DL saves his arm (and possible blisters) some mileage I'm all for it.

The troubling thing with Affeldt has nothing to do with his injury, or even with the-too irrelevant-to-even-be-worth-worrying-about move to the closer role, is the disappointing lack of development he's shown this season.

2003: 3.93 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, .261 BAA, 126 IP- 38BB/98K
2004: 4.70 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, .313 BAA, 61.1 IP- 26BB/33K

In sum, in 2004 Affeldt started a) walking more guys b) striking out fewer guys c) giving up more hits and was subsequently a staggering failure. There's just no way around it.

You can question Allard's plan on many levels, but the total inadequacy shown by a few players is simply not Allard's, or Pena's fault. Affeldt, along with most glaringly Mike Sweeney and B. Anderson, are in this category. In another universe everything has turned out better for this organization and Affeldt, May, Runelvys, Greinke and Gobble are an above average major league pitching staff, that actually helps the team win ballgames. Sadly, this world is not our own, and so we have to settle for what small pleasures we can gather from the scrap heap of reality. It is OK though, theres always that VHS tape of G7 1985 on hand.


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