Tim Lincecum brought some of the best junk of the season, the bullpen cruised, the defense choked and Buster Posey made a highlight film as the Giants dropped another game, 4-3 to the Mets in 16 innings at beautiful AT&T Park. Not only a gut wrenching loss but an epic waste of Buster (5 hits!!), who won't even be able to play on Tuesday after all that time behind the plate. We have lost 12 of our last 14 games and the vultures are clearly circling.
The placement of Brandon Belt in the third slot was amazing to me. How on earth has he earned that respect? When I saw the lineup I pretty much had to laugh. By the end of the game, no laughter. Belt went OH FOR EIGHT WITH FIVE STRIKEOUTS. That is quite likely the worst single game performance in many years. I am done with him, that was too painful to ever forget. I won't ever look at Brandon Belt again the same way. Our recent history of first basemen is terrifying, actually embarrassing. Yuck, how about some positive notes....
Timmeh never seemed to be able to command his fastball ( no news there ) but all his other breaking shit looked sharp. His ELEVEN STRIKEOUTS were a season high by a couple and included loads of swinging strikes. That is my idea of a good time. It is rather amazing how fast Tim has gone away from any resemblance of a power pitcher. He still racks up the strikeouts but, boy howdy, does he throw a pile of junk! Curves, sliders and the endless change ups. Sure seemed to work as he only gave up three runs in seven innings, and at least one of those runs was greatly aided by shaky defense. Tim Lincecum looks like he might be figuring out his new lively hood .... Wonder if we will get to see the progress continue?
And what about next year? Will he be a Giant? As each game passes, the outcome of the season gets less in doubt, but there are still huge questions to be dealt with.
Thanks for being you Buster.