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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Lincecum Looking Like "The Franchise"

The Giants two best pitchers at the moment helped them to a series win in Milwaukee over the weekend. Noah Lowry won his 10th game on Friday as he turned in another solid, quality start. Tim Lincecum turned in his 5th straight quality start on Saturday and he did it in impressive fashion going 8 shutout innings while striking out 8 and only allowing 5 baserunners against one of the best lineups in the National League. Those who had their questions about whether Tim Lincecum should be sent back down to triple A or be sent to the bullpen when he was struggling a few weeks back are now seeing the answer. The rook has now turned his season around in a few short starts as he's knocked about 2 points off his era in the last month while continuing to strike out over a batter per inning. Lincecum is really starting to find his groove. With the season pretty much all but over as far as contending for the playoffs, I like focusing on the young players, and I'm definitely looking forward to the final two months of Lincecum's rookie season. He looks even more dominant than Matt Cain did after his first couple months in the big leagues and that is really saying something. I've noticed in his recent starts that Lincecum's control has been a lot better and he was keeping balls low in the zone when he was missing. When he's down at the knees with that 97 mph two seam fastball, and controlling his curve and split, he's almost untouchable. It's shown, as he's only allowed 15 hits in his last 27 innings pitched.

In the latest on the "Bonds Watch", Barry Bonds went homeless over the weekend and returns to AT&T park still 2 home runs shy of tying Hank Aaron. With a seven game homestand on the horizon, It's going to be very interesting to see if the next time Bonds goes back on the road, it will be as the all-time home run king. I thought he would have hit at least one in Milwaukee over the weekend and would have come back to San Francisco just 1 shy from 755, but he didn't and now he'll have about a week to try and hit 3 home runs if he wants to try and break this thing at home. Isn't it fitting that the first stop on the road after this homestand is going to be down in Southern California for 3 vs. the Dodgers? It is very possible that Bonds makes history is the spot where he's been hated the most. I predict he'll break it at home, but not until the first homestand in August.
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  • At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Twins15 said…

    Lincecum is absolutely filthy... as he's shown, even at his young age, when he's on there's not a whole lot of pitchers that are better than him.

  • At 4:35 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    yeah, the special thing about it is that he generates all this power from a 5'10" 160 lb. frame. A lot of people compare him to Roy Oswalt because of size, but Lincecum throws harder.

  • At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Coreyisarealboy said…

    Lincecum did look incredibly impressive against the Brewers yesterday. You can definitely see in the way he pitches how he gets so much velocity on his fastball. I'd be surprised to see him go long without some kind of back injury the way he torques it with every pitch.

  • At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Brendan.Canney said…

    Only if that Giants lineup could get younger. Watching Lincecum (anyone else feel dirty after typing his name) will probably one of the highlights of the second half of the season, that and watching Ryan Howard send baseballs to the moon.

  • At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Romiezzo said…

    Lincecum is the MAN!! He is a good pitcher, and will be heard for years to come. With him, Lowry, and Cain, all they need is some good offensive talent, and they should be good to go in the next couple of years, once Lince, Lowry, and Cain get a couple more years under their belt.

  • At 4:46 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

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  • At 4:48 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    Yes, unless Lowry brings in an Alex Rios type player, you hang on to the big three. It's amazing to think that Cain and Lincecum are still just 22 and 23.


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