Monday, April 23, 2012

Sufficiently Tim

Start #4:  WIN  !!! (1-2)   5 innings    4 hits   1 run   5 walks    8 strikeouts

Game One of today's double-header with the Mets was far from a dominating performance by Tim Lincecum. But it still feels damn good. It was a WIN (6-1) ...which is the bottom line, after all...and it officially ended a nasty little "unfreaky" streak of three straight 5+ runs allowed games.  I'm betting that Timmeh is breathing quite a bit easier after this 108 pitch mini-marathon.  Far from a quality start, but definitely something to build upon.

Good stuff:   Pablo's hit streak reaches 15 with a single, but the flashy hitting came from Buster (homer #2) and Nate (a double shy of the cycle!).  Manny ended the fifth with a slick DP and it seems like The Freak was lovin' it:
"You don't have any control once it gets past you, and you're hoping your middle infielders take care of you in that situation," said Lincecum of the double play. "I'm getting really close with a lot of players now, and [when] guys see us scuffling like this, they want to pick us up. That was big for Manny."
Bad stuff:   Can't think of a thing ...Tim won and the world is good again.


M.C. O'Connor said...

Did you see this story?

Team looked great today. Tim will get back to being The Freak and all will be well. Posey HR, HSanchez HR, Pablo HR, Nate HR, I like it. Nice to see Burriss looking OK at the plate and smooth with the glove. What can you say about Madison Bumgarner? Wow. Keep it rollin', boys.

Matt Cain matches up with our old friend Mat Latos tomorrow.

nomisnala said...

Timmy really needs to get his intensity, focus, and control back. He could also do well by adding at least 2 or 3 miles per hour to his fastball. I think he could use his sharp biting curve a little bit more. Location precision would help him a lot. Too many pitches per AB. Put these guys away. 108 pitches in 5 innings including the get out of the fifth fantastic double play. Timmy goes 5 with 108 pitches. Last outing Matt went 9 with 91 pitches. Of course Tim got the win, and Matt got a no decision.

Zo said...

And how about that Nate? 6 for 10 on the day, a triple in each game and a home run. That's a Monday OPS of 1.2. Player of the day!

JC Parsons said...

The Huff absence was an interesting development. It could not have come at a worse time - after his debacle at second - and it may lead to big changes. Are we about to eat his huge salary?? Is this just a normal part of the game now? Do all teams have dead weight being paid millions??

Brother Bob said...

What a great day for the Giants! Yeah, Timmy was just sufficient, but that's what we needed. Plenty of offense, good defense, Scheirholtz looking like a star, etc. I'm particularly happy about how well Sandoval is doing. He should be a superstar. Maybe he's ready for that now.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Dodgers still owe Manny and Andruw Jones. Manny about $17M over 2 years, Jones $10M over 3 yrs. Yanks owe AJ Burnett about $20M over two years. Braves owe Derek Lowe $10M. (q.v. Cot's Contracts)

It's ugly. Giants owe Rowand $12M and Fontenot 0.25M, but that's it. They won't be ready to add Huff's $10M and $2M buyout to the list. I expect he'll be back, get another shot to deliver, and we'll see if he is mentally ready to play again.

Zo said...

Huff apparently said he had a family emergency. You have to take him at his word, that this is unconnected to any on-field performance. Having him come back and be a stud would be the best outcome.

M.C. O'Connor said...

What Zo said.