If you are a Lincecum freak like me, then you have been anxiously awaiting BayCityBall's PITCHf/x analysis of Timmy. These reports are terrific and an absolute MUST READ for all Giants faithful. I was most surprised at Tim's numbers relating to swings and misses. It turns out batters swing and miss his changeup almost a quarter of the time. I always thought 10 - 15% was really good. Hit that link and give it a good read, I guarantee you will learn something. Besides, how can you not love I guy that writes like this:
"The first rule of being a Giants fan is 'You must love Tim Lincecum' if not, I’m sorry but you can’t join our club full of sadsacks. Tim Lincecum is awesome. Tim Lincecum gives me hope. I bet Tim Lincecum even smells nice."
He smells like victory. Unfortunately Brian Wilson has a different fragrance hanging over him tonight. Tim went six strong innings, giving up seven singles, one run, one walk and seven strikeouts. The bullpen looked like it could hold on, but then Wilson started the ninth with a walk and there went the save. I really thought the one difference from last year would be fewer blown saves....oh well, Tim sure was good, wasn't he?
Household chores, a ticking clock, and a premonition of a poor ending are all conspiring to send me away now. I'll admit it, I'm afraid to hear the ending. I know I'm weak, but am I evil?