Sunday, April 20, 2014

Quality-ish Tim


An early offensive outburst (4 runs, oh my!) was just barely enough as the Giants beat the puds, 4-3, and avoided the series sweep.  Tim Lincecum delivered his first quality start (barely) and a rested Buster Posey did the rest with a homer and a couple fine defensive plays. Sure, we only got three frigging hits, but WE WON and that's all that really matters.

 Start #4  W  (1-1, 6.43)   6+ innings  7 hits  3 runs  3 earned  3 walks  7 strikeouts  1 hr

Timmeh saw the seventh inning - to throw one juicy home run pitch and get pulled - but, STILL, he SAW the seventh inning.  That is a very good thing, not the homer (#6 this year) but lasting a little longer into the game, getting that "quality" label.  If we can keep our bullpen (obviously the team strength at this point) a little fresher, then that will mean big things later this summer.  So, good job, Tim.  You stopped a three game losing streak with grit and  guile and just enough help from your friends.


The big play of this game was the third successful instant replay challenge by Bochy this season.  This time the ump missed a beautiful sweep tag at home by Buster.  I can honestly say I have never seen a catcher better at that particular skill in all my days.  Buster immediately started to argue the call so I figured we had it even before any replay was shown.  The overturned call erased a run for the puds and ended the inning; it was HUGE.  Just shows you another way Buster wins games for us.


M.C. O'Connor said...

Buster is the man! What a great performance all the way around! Nice to see Tim hang tough--I was bummed at the HR, he deserved better.

A win is a win is a win.

DrBGiantsfan said...

Hosing Everth Cabrera on the CS might have been even more impressive than the sweep tag. Buster has definitely taken his defensive game to a new level so far this year.

Brother Bob said...

Good-ish post Bro.

Shankbone said...

Buster has 8 throw outs, most in the Majors! Next up is Yadier with 5.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Pitchers have as much or more to do with CS than catchers. No matter how good of an arm or quick a release a catcher has if runners get big jumps then it will be hard to get them. So, kudos to Giants pitchers for holding runners. That being said, obviously guys like Yadier and Buster are better at their part of the equation than the average backstop. Just another reason to love Buster, if we didn't have enough already!

Here's an article from FanGraphs that looks at teams by wOBA differential:

Dave Cameron has some interesting things to say about the Giants here in the early going that seem to match what we've seen so far.