Andres Torres

Happy, um, Lincecum Day?

After two weather-related posts last week, I promise not to obsess over another, milder heat wave in San Francisco that’s supposed to start tomorrow. Talking about the weather usually means you don’t know what else to talk about, and I really don’t want anyone to think the author of this site is Bill Martin if I can help it.

But it’s clearly getting hot again. You don’t need the Weather Channel anymore, you just need to see home runs being hit into the AT&T Park arcade, especially at night. If you’re a numbers person, it’s supposed to be in the mid-80’s tomorrow. But all you need to know is it’s September in San Francisco and it stopped being windy.

Tomorrow’s game isn’t a day game, but when Tim Lincecum takes the mound it still figures to be pretty toasty at 6:15 pm. Right now it’s not a worry of whether Lincecum can handle the heat; he hasn’t been able to string together six or seven good innings in any weather. And yes, I swear I’m not Bill Martin!

The hope is Lincecum can look more like the guy that pitched innings four through six on Friday night than the pitch-tipping guy he was during the first few frames. Did Lincecum and Posey iron out that whole “the opposition knows everything we’re doing” thing? Will it even matter against a lineup stocked with left-handed power in what will probably be a very live AT&T Park? As this slump for Lincecum has gone longer and longer, it’s harder and harder to look forward to these types of questions lately. While people happily greeted each other with “Happy Lincecum Day” salutations earlier in the year, you hear a lot less of that now. These days, it’s been more about surviving Lincecum starts than celebrating them.

Andres Torres is not a platoon player

– The best part of Torres’ home run Tuesday night to give the Giants the lead was the camera angle from the side that showed the trajectory of the ball as it left his bat. That thing went nearly straight up, like an Andy Lee punt.

– Tonight Madison Bumgarner gave up 5 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings (and threw 94 pitches, if you care about these things). It was the fourth time in 13 starts that Bumgarner gave up fewer hits than innings pitched.

– Bumgarner’s sneer when he pitches is up there in the all-time Giants pitching faces, alongside Trevor Wilson’s grimace and Matt Cain always getting caught looking up in the air, nowhere near home plate.

– It was a pretty good win for a team that had runners on 1st and 3rd and nobody out with a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning and came out of it with nada.

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