BASG was all quiet on the Giants’ front the past few days because I was white-knuckling my way from Portland to Oakland (Do the locals call it O-Town, by chance?). If you drive truck in the Northwest, you may have happened upon a 16-foot Budget Truck taking every turn at 25 MPH. That was me.
So, what did I miss?
Well, of course, Lincecum seems back on track. Granted, he’s always pitched exceptionally well against Philadelphia, but tonight, he was dominant. Lincecum lowered his ERA to a respectable tolerable 5.72. Were it not for the Ryan Howard’s homerun in the sixth, Lincecum would have pitched a relatively perfect game. Sure, there was that weird slip/balk in the fourth.
Speaking of which, anybody else think home plate umpire Laz Diaz was a little too excited to call that balk? I mean, I have not seen such demonstrative pointing and shouting from an adult since “Flavor of Love” was in syndication.
Diaz has had history of such histrionics (word play). The most recent involved him and Russell Martin. In past, Diaz has been involved in dust ups with Dustin Pedroia (more word play), Brandon McCarthy, and even fans.
Apparently, Brandon Crawford is more than just a glove and great hair. In Atlanta and Philadelphia, he proved he can be a glove, great hair, and a bat. A triple threat, if you ask me. Tonight, Crawford posted a SLG% of 1.25. In game two of the Atlanta series, it was 4.00. His career posting is only .319, which is slightly below this seasons average of .349. Obviously, Crawford cannot be expected to continue hitting this way. The final game of the Braves series is proof of that. Still, it is fun to watch.
Barry Zito deserves to be considered Comeback Player of the Year. At least, Kyle McLorg thinks so. I’m on board as well. Sure, Buster Posey or Stephen Strasburg would be obvious choices. But why give it to a player who has come back from injury? Career ending/threatening injuries are mostly things of the past. Why not give it to the players who reinvent themselves?
–Huff might have aggravated his right knee in last night’s Grizzlies game. According to Alex Pavlovic, Huff pulled himself from the game after feeling soreness. He is returning to San Francisco for another MRI.
–Rumors are swirling of a possible Posey-Lincecum falling-out. Tonight marked the six straight Lincecum start sans Posey as catcher.
Before the game, Bochy was quick to dismiss rumors, stating, “That is completely false – completely false. Timmy doesn’t care who he throws to, and it’s my call when I want to get Buster a break.”
–There was a rousing debate on Twitter today over the Peanuts’ character that most resembles Buster Posey. Here are some of my favorite replies:
I thought the obvious choice was Linus. He’s practically Posey’s doppelganger. Apparently, nobody else thinks so.