09/24/09 10:03 PM ET
Affeldt enjoying breakout season
Lefty sports lowest ERA among National League relievers
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
"The later the curveball snaps, the better chance you'll have of getting a ground ball," he said.Affeldt has continued to gain command of the two-seamer, which he picked up last season from right-hander David Weathers when both played for Cincinnati. Affeldt said that he has gained enough confidence to throw it when he's behind on the count, adding, "I think I throw it in the [strike] zone enough to where if they make contact, it's going to be a ground ball." Affeldt has been particularly efficient lately. In his last 14 appearances before Monday, he had allowed one earned run in 10 2/3 innings. Though the Giants have received criticism to varying degrees for many of their free-agent signings, such as Barry Zito, Aaron Rowand and Edgar Renteria, nobody has questioned their deal with Affeldt, who signed a two-year, $8 million contract last offseason.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.