Most of us remember the 2012 Aceves for his rough start, worse finish and his confrontations with Bobby V at the end, and his season ending stats are certainly unimpressive. However, many overlook that from April 23 to July 29th he was pretty darn good.
Over this period he pitched 50 IP, 43 games with 20 saves in 23 opportunities, and had a 2.34 ERA. That was a tremendous workload and he kept the team in the race for a WC spot until August.
Following the infamous player-owner meeting it was all downhill for Aceves and the team. Over his next 20 games he had a 8+ ERA which killed his season stats line, but the season was over. Whether his poor performance was due to his workload the previous 3 months, or conflicts with Bobby V, I have no idea.
My main point is that for the part of the season when games actually counted, Aceves was a valuable member of the team, and that was true in 2011 as well.
Edited by Sampo Gida, 17 February 2013 - 08:53 PM.