Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Windy City Tim

The Chicago Cubs had no illusions about their chances against Tim Lincecum. They had a lineup that featured Lee and Fukudome and nobody else. We are talking pinch-hitting depth today. I guess its a good day to rest when The Franchise's spot in the rotation rolls around, but this was ridiculous. However, I must admit that they were probably absolutely right as Tim ripped off his fourth straight quality start: 7 innings, 2 runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts. During this nice little run he given up 6 runs in 30 innings ( 1.80 era ) with 40 punchouts and 6 walks. On top of that, Lincecum now has a lovely 2-0 record ( 1.69 era, .167 avg) in 3 career starts at the Friendly Confines. It could be argued that the game was over as soon as "Big Money" Molina delivered a three run homer in the first, since Tim is an unearthly 23-1 when he gets 3 runs of support. That is a stat that never gets old no matter how many times you hear it.

Pop Giants Trivia Quiz!!

#1 The Cubs (16-16) are one of only three teams that are at or above .500 at our home field. What are the other two?

#2 Which current Giants pitcher has NEVER lost?

#3 Tim was the youngest Cy Young winner in either league since _____ won in ___ .

(Answers will be posted only if I remember to...so somebody better remind me!)


M.C. O'Connor said...

The Mets and the FloMars.

You have a man-crush on Merkin Valdez.

Dwight Gooden? That would be . . . hmmm . . . 1984?

Tim is fucking great. That's it. He's the shit. He's the real fucking deal. Need ace? Got ace. In your fucking face!

OK, I'll give the Old Farts credit--they took their VSC injections today. See what a little nagging will do?

JC Parsons said...

Negative for both NY and FLA

Yes I do! Merkin is starting to settle into some big innings. Once he lowers his whip, he will be a force. An undefeated force!

Nope on Doc. Although it was very near that time.

Anonymous said...

Atlee in 1983? SIR

M.C. O'Connor said...

Atlee never won a Cy. He did pitch in an All-Star game and he did win an ERA title.

LAtriners > .500 @ PhoneCo?

Zo said...

I'm guessing the Oakland A's and two other AL teams, probably those that played here 3 times only, like Cleveland or Boston.

And wasn't Fernando Valenzuela barely weaned and chock full of baby fat (unlike Tim) when he won the Cy Young?

Ron said...

No one really knew how old Fernando Valenzuela was, so it shouldn't count.

I think that Saberhagen in '85 might be the answer.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Good call. Saberhagen was a pup.

I'm assuming that "2 outta 3" don't count. Gotta be an NL team.

JC Parsons said...

Sbaerhagen, Gooden and Fernando won the award in their first full season but not at 24. The correct answer.....Roger Clemens in 1986 (I think)

The doggers (unfortunately) and ......the Pirates! go figure.

Thanks for playing!!!

Ron said...

Bret Saberhagen
Born: April 11, 1964
Chicago Heights, Illinois

That made him 21, when he won the Cy Young.

What am I missing?

Ron said...

Now, I get it ...

Roger Clemens
Born: August 4, 1962
Dayton, Ohio
Roger Clemens was 24 & 3 months in 1986

Tim Lincecum
Born: June 15, 1984
Bellevue, Washington
Tim was 24 & 6 months, when he won

So, assuming you believe anything about Roger Clemens anymore, Tim was the youngest since Roger Clemens.

By the way, if we win >50% without hitting HR's, that a good 2009 in my book. No panic moves to get power hitters, if it means giving up ANY of our young pitchers.

M.C. O'Connor said...

.500 is a good goal for this club. We'll be lucky to get there. I agree, no BS trades this year "cuz we coulda been a contendah" or somesuch. We ain't no contendah.