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Monday, June 11, 2012

Rangers Get Revenge on Lincecum, Giants

In their first appearance in San Francisco since the 2010 World Series, the Rangers showed up with a chip on their shoulder and thoroughly outplayed the Giants to take their 3-game set. They also beat up Tim Lincecum, who lost his 5th straight and has fans wondering aloud what is going on with the 27 year-old ace.

Lincecum's Struggles Continue
First off, I want to talk about Lincecum. I know we've talked a lot about his struggles here lately, as they've been a big reason why this team hasn't taken off and is up their with LA in the West right now. He's been bad, there's no denying that, but his struggles are specific and ones that should be smoothed out with more time. It's not like this guy hasn't gone through a funk before. Never has it lasted quite this long, but he went through a very similar grind in August of 2010 before the Giants took off down the stretch. As I've been saying all along, the Giants need Lincecum to right the ship, they need him to be an ace for them to really compete for a playoff spot. What I don't understand is how fans can turn on him so quickly and count him out after a rough stretch that's gone on for all of 5-6 weeks. There were people calling into the Giants' flagship station, KNBR, all evening after that game Sunday, asking for Timmy to be sent down or taken out of the rotation for a period of time in order to work things out. I wouldn't be totally opposed to giving him a start off to clear his head, as I do believe most of his mistakes right now are mental, but I would never consider sitting down the guy who's been your ace and best pitcher up until the last month or so. Yes, this is a "what have you done for me lately" league, but Lincecum's age and past success alone should give him more than enough benefit of doubt. Not all his starts over the last month have been nightmarish either. Sunday's wasn't good, I'll give you that, I can't take it when he gets into a rut and can't find the strike zone. That said, his last two starts weren't that bad, save for one bad inning in San Diego, and I believe him when he says he feels he's "crawling out of it". Give Timmy a break, he'll be back to form soon enough, his track record proves it.

Now, for the rest of the Giants, who lost a big series over the weekend to Texas and had their offense shut out twice in three games. They played the weekend set without Melky Cabrera, and their run production suffered mightily because of it. It kind of gives you an idea of what this Giants team would look like had Brian Sabean not pulled the trigger on the Jonathan Sanchez trade back in November, and it ain't pretty. It's almost like the Giants order stopped functioning without Melky. Even the return of Pablo
Melky To Return Tuesday?
Sandoval didn't help offset the lose of the .368-hitting right fielder. Sandoval went just 1-7 in his first two games back in the Giants lineup after missing over a month with a broken hand. He added a bunch of weight in his time off, and he's going to have to knock those pounds back off in order to get back in the form he was in before the injury. Balls were jumping off his bat before he went down, and his bat speed and overall quickness seemed a little slow this weekend. Also, Buster Posey's bat was nowhere to be found this weekend, as he to went 1-7 in the series. The Giants are hoping to have Cabrera back in time for Tuesday's series opener vs. Houston, but he's still not 100 percent clear. Regardless, with our without Melky, the Astros are a team the Giants should cleanup on. Another tidbit for the series to keep an eye on is Houston infielder Jed Lowrie, who's been an offensive juggernaut for the Astros and could be a guy the Giants look into if they feel a need to upgrade a spot in their infield again.
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5 Comments:

  • At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think Lincecum will be fine. He's still dominating when he's on, but he's just been walking too many guys and throwing too many balls.

     
  • At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Enriquez said…

    Holly crap, Jed Lowrie has 12 hr's? That's like 2 times more than anyone else on the Giants. I'd take him in a second, but what would they have to give up? They could even probably play him at first base, no?

     
  • At 12:45 PM, Anonymous hitnrun said…

    It looks like Theriot is starting to come around at second, so maybe the Giants will not be so desperate to find another middle infielder who can hit. The biggest non-hitter may be Belt, if he continues to struggle, the Giants will need to find another alternative who can hit for power at this position. With Melky out, Belt's contribution, or lack thereof sticks out like a sore thumb. And please no more talk about putting Huff out there, this guy really needs to be released asap, I would rather see Hector Sanchez at first if nothing else is done trade wise.

     
  • At 1:40 PM, Blogger Trevor Cole said…

    Yeah, I'm not quite sure what they're doing with Huff. He doesn't play and when he does make cameo pinch-hit appearances, he's not making anything happen. He's a waste of a roster spot right now.

    Lowrie is a good target because of his versatility. He's played a lot of 3rd and 2nd so I'm sure 1B wouldn't be a problem for him if the Giants were indeed interested. Seems like he'd come cheaper than a guy like Kevin Youkilis, and is more valuable right now.

     
  • At 12:06 AM, Anonymous hitnrun said…

    Youkilis will probably cost too much for the Giants, but he would be a nice threat, plus I would hate to see the Dodgers end up with him. I think Sabean will try and get another pitcher (reliever), or maybe somebody like Lowrie, if he doesn't cost too much. Agree that Huff's spot on the roster could be put to better use with just about any other player other than Huff. Give him his eleven mill and let him drink himself into another anxiety attack on his own time.

     

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