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Bochy happy with no-decision, others still undecided about Lincecum

Lincecum is back—or is it: backkkkkkkkkkk? Whatever he is, tonight’s game was step in the right direction.

Lincecum’s performance was nothing short of dominant, striking out 11 over eight innings.

Sure, the Astros strikeout just over 8 times per game—good for second worst in the league. Yes, they are MLB’s worst road team, averaging the third fewest runs away. But let’s not focus on the negative.

Bochy certainly isn’t.

“He was outstanding,” Bochy said of Lincecum, following tonight’s victory. So outstanding that Bochy has already declared that Lincecum will start against the Philadelphia Phillies, a team averaging only 6.4 strikeouts per game—good for third best.

If my math is correct, Lincecum will duel Sacramento native Vance Worley next Saturday. Worley is performing reasonably well this season, with an 3.47 ERA and 3.59 xFIP. But, pitching aside, the matchup looks to be one that will allow Lincecum to continue his confidence building. Only Juan Pierre and Placido Polanco have done any real damage against Lincecum. The rest are mediocre at best.

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Shane Victorino 40 38 8 1 0 1 4 2 7 .211 .250 .316 .566
Ryan Howard 35 32 7 3 0 3 5 3 16 .219 .286 .594 .879
Chase Utley 35 32 6 1 0 1 2 2 10 .188 .257 .313 .570
Jimmy Rollins 34 31 6 2 0 0 0 3 8 .194 .265 .258 .523
Hunter Pence 30 29 5 1 0 0 1 1 8 .172 .200 .207 .407
Carlos Ruiz 25 21 5 2 0 1 1 3 5 .238 .360 .476 .836
Juan Pierre 16 15 6 1 2 0 3 1 1 .400 .438 .733 1.171
Placido Polanco 16 15 5 2 0 0 1 1 2 .333 .375 .467 .842
Mike Fontenot 13 13 1 0 0 0 1 0 6 .077 .077 .077 .154
Total 263 243 52 14 2 6 18 17 70 .214 .271 .362 .633
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/14/2012.

Closer Situation

Santiago Casilla picked up his 11th meltdown, tying him for the most in the majors. Granted, he wasn’t helped much by the Giants’ defense, but the walk to Scott Moore and the subsequent double by Justin Maxwell were squarely Casilla’s fault.

If the Giants want to replace Casilla, it seems unlikely they’d promote from within. As Scott Willis pointed out last week, “Casilla is arguably the Giants third best pitcher (as long as Lopez is pitching primarily to lefties). Using him as the ‘closer’ frees up Bochy to use his best relievers in higher leverage situations, instead of waiting for the possibility of a save situation that may not come.”

Casilla is closer by necessity, not by merit. Thus, if they were to upgrade the position, it would be via trade.

Stolen BASGs

Ray Ratto, a delegate at the “Timmy Caucus”, won’t endorse Lincecum just yet, but he will endorse chalk antacids. Ratto warns that Giants baseball will not be “user-friendly” this season. Perhaps this will be the slogan that usurps “Torture.”

–Bochy said Aubrey Huff might rejoin the team as soon as Tuesday. He went 1-5 in Single-A San Jose tonight. Draw your own conclusions.

–Pablo Sandoval had two infield singles tonight. For that, I present another Panda video.

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Stan
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The game time start temp was 56f. Unless the Giants devise some kind of Mr.Freeze outfit uniform for Lincecum…a hot day back east might have caused a different result.
I was looking at a fastball that didn’t top 91. What a far cry from his first years of 99mph heaters and the sound of Molina’s glove exploding with Lincecums blazers.
Maybe he’s on the way back. Or maybe not,only his dietician knows for sure.

JayT
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I’m actually glad he did this against a crap team like the Astros, because frankly Timmy’s biggest hurdle this season has been against the no-name hitters when he appears to lack focus. Like that game against LA when he struck out Matt Kemp 3 times but got shelled by the 7 and 8 hitters.

dj
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Cain might pitch a no no today. The Astros really sux.

swimfaye
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swimfaye

you are right the astros are bottom of every stat except losing

and please forgive me for what I am about to type…

I agree with Stan too..Tim’s pitches rarely met 95mph he was squarely at 88mph which is the same top speed of most minor league pitchers.

East Bay Sports Guy
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Oh no. The last thing we need is someone agreeing with Stan.

Stan
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Stan

You prefer being wrong? Typical repub.

East Bay Sports Guy
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Oh, Stanley. You flatter me.

Gooselosgatos
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Gooselosgatos

Every time he has a decent performance the media and fans believe he is back and evvvveeeertrry single time they have been wrong.

If he gives us five quality starts in a row then jump on the bandwagon but until then it’s all wishful thinking.

Butcherboy415
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Goose according to your older posts, fans are supposed to blindly support Joe Lacob cuz he’s new yet when it comes to Tim we need mountains of evidence? Goose your logic seems biased. The warriors have sucked for years and we doubt they ever will get it right, yet with Tim he he has one horrible half and we need 5 good starts? With that logic we would need to see the dubs PROVE they are fixed…would you not agree that you are overly critical abd pessimistic of a two time cy young winber/world seires champTim yet highly optomistic for… Read more »
Butcherboy415
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Good start for “Timmy” yes I said it Marty Laurie & scot ostler, but even my wife said this is the worst team she has ever seen. She kept seeing below .225 batting averages and an entire roster of complete no namers! I will take a good Timmy performance whenever I can get em, but my take from the 2 series’ with the Astros has been since the Carlos lee trade this maybe the worst roster ever assembled. Even a diehard baseball fan has trouble naming any 5 Astros. Houston leaving for the AL is also weak! Why did Bud… Read more »
Deep Thinker
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The pandas are cute, sure–but that music makes my head hurt!

Stan
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Stan

Today’s Casilla’s save performance was in the Lincecum mold,consider the opposition..but a sweep is sweet.

Gooselosgatos
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Butcher, You are on point in that Lacob would be well served to be modest and not ‘count his chickens before they are hatched.’ That being said, he has brought in a collection of hard working bright people who in my estimation have a high probability for success though they will have failure as its part of the job. With Timmy, I’m not counting him out. He can still put together dominant innings so I don’t buy that he’s lost it. But I’d like to at least see some consistency before I buy into any ‘he’s turned the corner ‘… Read more »
Butcherboy415
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Goose all points well taken, yet as far as work out warrior I would argue for pitchers it’s less about physique and more about guile…case in point Tom glavine Greg Maddox Jamie Moyer David wells etc all pitched into their forties and were never physically gifted or ever referred to as workout warriors. Yet the common thread for most if not all of those guys was pinpoint accuracy and a constant ability to adapt to the hitters as their “stuff” wasnt as hard velocity wise. On a lesser scale Dwight goodwin and David cone were two early 20s hard throwing… Read more »
Stan
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You only have to look at that photo of Lincecum to see “Dieters face”..the wrinkles he has are from his skin expanded from gaining weight fast-that 197,then losing it even faster. The skin hasn’t tightened.
And his start against the Nationals was so bad..he looked close to fainting.and that’s no exaggeration.
On the other hand, I strongly believe the kid can get back most of his heat and powers..just start eating.

Stan
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Actually Scott you remind me- dont take it personal,its not about you at all-..but Everything wrong about sports OFF the field is based on the Republican beliefs..the greed,the dog eat dog,the avarice and business of doing dirty.. and yet ON the field is the Democratic principles,teamwork,unity,sacrifice for the good of others, respect.
Interesting.

Stan
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Stan

Sort of a variation of George Carlin’s bit,now that I read it…

Stan
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And a Stan salute to BASG reader..Marcello Centofanti. He breaks for kittens. You would be shocked at how many in this world dont.

Stan
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Stan

“Breaks” for kitty’s…sheesh. Almost made an insult out of a compliment…

Stan
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Stan

Brakes!!

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