Tim Lincecum throws 7 shutout innings in Colorado, a tremendous feat for any pitcher, and gets a big, fat ND in a loss. Jonathan Sanchez gives up 7 runs in 5 IP in a typically nutty Colorado start and gets a WIN. As Brother Bob frequently says, this is why we love baseball.
Speaking of 7, Chris at Bay City Ball convincingly demonstrates that Fred Lewis is AT LEAST the 7th best LF in the NL. Throw in his improving baserunning and fielding and he's pushing past sluggers like Carlos Lee. Fred has more hits and more runs scored than Alfonso Soriano! Soriano has 26 XBH (15 HR, 11 2B). Fred has 26 as well (5 HR, 14 2B, 6 3B). Scott Hairston and Juan Pierre are the bottom feeders in the NL LF list, and the expected names like Pat Burrell, Matt Holliday and Ryan Braun take up the top spots. Adam Dunn and Jason Bay are delivering the goods, but they cost a hell of a lot more than our boy, and have far greater MLB experience. Be sure to read "Right Said Fred" on BCB. Chris does the heavy lifting for us with some in-depth analysis and throws around saber-stats like xBABIP with aplomb.
Two things I want to see: (1) a trade with Dave Roberts, acknowledging FLew is our guy, and (2) Nate Schierholz getting a call-up. Youth, damnit, youth!
Since the good doctor, JCP, is on holiday, we had no Link post after Wednesday's game. My bad. I should have stepped in to fill the void. Big D at Giants Win provided the necessary Link-love, though, with a link to this cool site.
Happy Friday the 13th to all the G-fans out there!