Magic # 7
Tim Lincecum continued to salvage his "challenging" 2012 season and the Giants continued their march to the post-season with a convincing 6-3 victory over the Rockies. The smogsuckers got rained out in D.C. (lucky chumps have to play a DH tomorrow) but it really doesn't matter. It seems clear that we control our own destiny in the division ... and the way we are playing, that is a very good thing.
Timmy has clearly turned his ship around. He may not be the dominant force he once was, but he is consistently getting the job done now. Something we all know he wasn't doing AT ALL earlier this year. The team record tells it all : first 14 starts - 2 wins and 12 losses, next 17 starts - 11 wins and 6 losses. Those are numbers that can't be denied. Timmeh also took care of a couple other, less important, but significant numbers. First, he FINALLY got his friggin' ERA below FIVE ( 4.91 ) !! I know that still sucks but it sounds so much better. Second, and of historical interest, Lincecum became 1 of 7 pitchers in SF-era history to have double-digit wins in 5-straight seasons. The Freak has joined Jack Sanford (5 seasons from 1959-1963), Gaylord Perry (6, 1966-1971), Juan Marichal (11, 1961-1971), Kirk Rueter (7, 1997-2003) and Jason Schmidt (5, 2002-2006). That is a list of truly great Giants ! Congratulations Tim ! (Nice bunt, too.)
The good: The offense continues to look potent and well-rounded. Well, maybe no long balls, but I think sac flies are sexier anyway. Marco Scutaro (3 hits, 2 runs), Pablo Sandoval (2 hits), Xavier Nady (2 hits, 2 RBI's) and Hector Sanchez (2 hits) all chipped in. Oh yeah, two intentional walks for Buster Posey. Didn't that bring back flashes of rubber chickens?
What can I say? We rock right now.
How long will it last?