Analyzing the game of baseball, which is what I think we are trying to do around here, is a ridiculous endeavor. I didn't say it wasn't noble, just ridiculous. Case in point: the last two games against the pesky Brew Crew. Yesterday was a shattering defeat that left many of us wondering why we ever followed this sick excuse of a sport in the first place. And then ... Today the joy and thrill of our proud pastime was on glorious display, highlighted by a brilliant Tim Lincecum performance. It is hard to believe that the same sport could deliver such divergent experiences. One moment I'm looking for a sharp razor blade; the next I'm scheduling a visit to the hot springs! Trying to analyze something that is so complex that it can produce such crazy ass emotions feels a lot like analyzing a kaleidoscope.
So I won't analyze it, I'll just revel in it.
Tim Lincecum quite nearly matched his July 13th no hitter as the Giants cruised to a 4-1 win over Milwaukee. A few too many curves and the resulting blister may be all that kept him from his second complete game ever. Eight dominant innings, ONE frigging hit and a blistering 87 game score. Eighteen swinging strikes, his second best this season, leading to eight strikeouts. Dude was dealing! It seems like it was his curveball that was his key tonight. That makes about six of his last seven starts, quality starts ( a simple metric that I still appreciate ). He had about six quality starts in his first 17 this year. I would say this definitely qualifies as a resurgence.
Which makes me think of the other way Tim is dealing right now. Free agent dealing. His agent can probably buy another yacht based on Timmeh's new success. Oh yeah, that no hitter helps some too. I fear if Tim keeps up this "resurgence", the slimy Yankees, or even worse, the "new" Yankees on the west coast will throw a HUGE amount of dough at him and it may knock us out of the running. We should shut down Matt and MadBum, but we need to take a hard, long look at Lincecum.
I can often post without mentioning the offense, but this time a couple shout outs are in order. First, Brandon Crawford seems to be finishing the season much as he started it and that is a very good sign for next year. Three hits tonight gets his average to .279. Sweet, huh? Secondly, it would be remiss not to mention Brandon Belt's big homer out of the clean up spot. The rest of this year is a great chance to stick Belt in the middle of it and get a final look. He is certainly good and he may be great, but I'm still not impressed for a first baseman. For example, his OBP is only 8 points higher and SLG 46 points higher than Crawford, our shortstop. Maybe he can prove me wrong with a surge at the end though. It is worth the look.