Start #22 WIN !!! ( 5-11 ) 7 innings 6 hits (only 2 doubles) 1 run 1 walk 7 strikeouts
Tim Lincecum, with a studly assist from Jeremy Affeldt, pitched the Giants out of their five game funk and BACK INTO FIRST PLACE, with a lovely 4-1 pasting of the Mets. Any 2012 Lincecum quality outing is worth singing about from the mountaintops and I would love to give it a big yodel... but an exhausting day has taken it's toll on me. Admit it, waiting for a Tim start can be a little nerve-racking lately.
Without a vibrant fastball, Lincecum kept the Mets ( a weak lineup if you don't count Super-Hairston ) off balance with his usual slider-change-curve shit (game score 67). This version of Tim needs good defense ( did I mention how good-looking Brandon Crawford is ? Umm, I mean as a ballplayer. ) and a fair modicum of luck. He got both tonight. Plus, there was just enough of the Freak ... like when he schooled the super talented David Wright for his last out. I love when he does that.
The good: Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence in the lineup everyday will be quite an improvement. I really like what I have seen from Scutaro so far. I would not be surprised if they end up with better numbers than their evil dogger counterparts (Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino) from here on out. In fact, that could end up being a key factor in the race; how the FNG's do.
The bad: Brandon Belt is really starting to make me sad. Literally depressed. Not for long because...
Tim Didn't Suck and
We are Back in First Place !!!!!!!