Friday, July 2, 2010

Hittable Tim

With every loss this week it feels like a journey through hell. The seven rings of Bochy's Inferno, if you will. Tonight's special new horror is particularly heinous and potentially devastating to the cause: a hittable Tim Lincecum.

Tim's performance may not seem too bad at first glance : 6 innings, 9 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts. However, a couple important details give evidence that it may have been one of his worst outings yet. First, the nine hits allowed are a season high and four of them were for extra bases. Even a feeble Lincecum gives up hits, but not usually BIG hits. Second, Tim was given the lead TWICE and each time promptly returned it. Nothing ace-like about Tim tonight. His velocity may have been a little better but his poise, command and aggressiveness were all AWOL. Again.

Is our journey over yet? What new horrors await?


Anonymous said...

I don't care that he hit 95mph, his command and pitches all got better when he actually lost some of his velocity. He doesn't look as confident out there. When Bochy doesn't fk up the lineup too much, he's fks up the bullpen (really? put in Affeldt for more than an inning?). Be nice if we were somehow able to beat Ubaldo. That would jump start the team quite nicely. A guy can dream can't he.

I almost cried today. They're really testing me. I wish I paid attention after it was 5 to 3. I want to see this Chris Ray guy.

Anonymous said...

If Matt Cain came up with the Yankees he would be on his way to having a hall of fame career. He lucked out by being with the Giants and so far he has been a pitcher with a losing record with nice peripherals.

M.C. O'Connor said...

It's a trying time to be a fan, to be sure. Right after Timmy gave up the run to put the Rox up 4-3 in the 6th, he wasted the next guy with two unhittable changeups. It's all there--he still has the stuff, but something is off with his mojo.

A well-rounded team could survive these lapses. A few key hits, a few rallies, we could be managing this bad spell instead of going into free-fall. All three of the teams we've played have key players missing due to injury. We have no excuse. And we simply don't have the guns to play catch-up. We're a one-trick pony, and when that act fails there nothing else in the show.

ChrisQ @ BCB points out that we have to play .542 ball to finish with 85 wins and .602 ball to win 90.

Tall orders, those.