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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lincecum's Struggles Continue

Well, I'm not nearly ready to say I'm worried about the Giants young right-handed ace, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't the least bit concerned over his last handful of outings. Lincecum was already coming off of a couple forgetful outings his last 2 times out, otherwise the Giants could be 3-4 games in first right now instead of tied.

After shutting down the A's over at AT&T Park 2 weeks ago, the A's got their revenge vs. Timmy. The A's were on their game Friday night and Lincecum has dropped to 5-6 on the year as he struggled through 6 innings allowing 10 base-runners to reach across the bay. He held the A's to just 6 hits and 3 runs while striking out 7, which is pretty close to his norm, but his era is climbing bit by bit to the point where he'll be approaching 4 by mid-July at this pace. Again, Lincecum has had these spurts throughout his young career, which has before caused some panic, only to have him revert right back to form after a few bad weeks. The most recent example would be last August when he went 1-4 I believe, but then look how darn nails he was down the stretch and into October for the Giants. He was the Tim Lincecum we all know and expect when it came down to it and I don't see any reason to believe that will be different this time around. He seems plenty healthy and energetic and just has been a little off in his last few outings. Wouldn't surprise me to see him now turn and go 5-0 with a 1.50 era and 60 K's in July, even with the break. He loves proving his haters wrong, as much as any professional athlete I've really followed and very much like that old Left Fielder that wore #25 in SF for 15 years.

So, what do the Giants need to do to get back on track and take the next two from the A's? Well, they're going to have to hit. Even though Lincecum would even tell you he was off, he really was good enough to give the Giants the chance to win, but their offense came up way short vs. rookie journeyman Geoff Godfrey. Once again, the Giants made a mediocre pitcher look like the staff's ace, collecting just 6 hits and 2 runs in the 6 innings vs. Godfrey before being shut down by Andrew Baily and Brian Fuentes. The A's played like they needed to to win ballgames (pitch tremendously, limit mistakes and cash in on opportunity) and the Giants did what they'll do when they lose ballgames (offensive slump, impatience, rough defense). Only Cody Ross had 2 hits and a long home run, which weren't nearly enough in the end. On a positive note though, they get to send two of their best arms to the hill in the final 2 in order to get it done, and those guys need to be on their game. Jonathan Sanchez goes Saturday night, and I'd really like to see him focused from the first pitch and maybe take a game into the 8th or 9th inning, something he's rarely done since his no-no 2 years ago. Cain just needs to be Cain, and he'll get it done, although he does face a formidable opponent in Trevor Cahill on Sunday which should make for one helluva pitchers duel.
The Giants Baseball Blog


  • At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Jason Billingsley said…

    Yeah, he did go through that August slump in 2010, and I think like you, that he'll pull out of it no problem and be right in the CY Young race again at the end of things.

    What about Vogelsong? He's still pitching good, but he's only making through 5-6 innings at best, and Barry Zito is looking pretty hungry for that spot? What happens there... Anyone?

  • At 3:10 PM, Blogger Trevor Cole said…

    The Giants aren't nearly ready to just drop Vogelsong from the rotation and roster. He's been their best starter, no doubt about it, since he took over for Zito in May. Even Cain, Lincecum and Sanchez don't sniff him over that span. He didn't even throw bad yesterday either, just ran into some tough luck.

    That said, I would be kind of surprised to see Vogelsong in the rotation without Zito come August or September (barring another Zito injury). I just don't see the Giants figuring how to use him out of the bully and be effective in that role. Vogelsong would be better for the long relief role, but they you'd be taking you best pitcher from May-June out of the rotation...

    Big decisions on the horrizon for Sabes, Tidrow and Bochy.

  • At 9:20 PM, Blogger Giants Fan For Life said…

    Well, first of all taking Vogelsong out of the rotation and putting him in the MR spot is unreasonable. Like you said, he is by far the best starter in the Giants' rotation, and even with our bullpen not as sharp as last year, it's fine that Vogelsong doesn't go more than 6 or 7 innings a game because Lopez, Casilla, and Wilson can take care of the rest. As long as he keeps up the under two ERA, why take him out?

  • At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Rotation should stay as is.. that's not the problem...

    Scoring a peanut 2 runs vs. Oakland is the problem. They need hitters. Sorry guys, but Posey's loss was it... If they can't replace him, I think .500 ball, maybe better from here on out is all you'll get. It's a shame too, cause with a healthy Buster, they'd be WS Contenders again!

    Damn Cousins!

  • At 3:55 AM, Anonymous EZ said…

    This is the biggest roller coaster team I've ever seen.

    They look dominant in regaining 1st in AZ and return to the bay to become the A's Beeyotches! They need to make a move for offense, I don't care what Kruik nd Kuipe says.

  • At 5:39 AM, Anonymous dissertation writer said…

    Vogelsong??? Hmmm, strange that I never heard about him before. Could you share more info about him,please


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