Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cirque de Freak

Today marks Tim Lincecum's second start of the season, this time a home start from the friendly confines and weird angles of AT&T park. I have made a commitment to watch every Giants game that Lincecum pitches, in what is my unofficial "3rd straight Cy Young" watch.

Only two other pitchers in history have won three straight, Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson (Johnson has actually won four). I love breakable records and this pursuit is one I definitely will enjoy keeping and eye on. So from now on through October, I introduce...Lincecum's Log.

First though, I am one game behind. The pursuit began last Monday afternoon against Roy Oswalt and the Houston Astros. Lincecum just looked dirty and in control for most of the game. Actually the scariest moment was this...

Yep, a fork. It was around the 4th inning when it appeared that Lincecum had called out for a trainer. My heart skipped a beat as I envisioned the trainer picking a bloody stump of an arm off of the field after a high-velocity fastball. Turns out though (and I still really don't know why the trainer came out) that Lincecum was just having trouble keeping mud out of his spikes and was busily scraping the mud out of his cleats between pitchers. Why a fork I also have no idea, but at least he was not hurt.
Final line...7.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, and 7K's.
So now today's matchup...Giants v Braves. Lincecum (1-0) v Kawakami (0-0)
More to come...
UPDATE: After a long-rain delay that ended up cancelling television coverage, the SF Giants and Atlanta Braves finished up their series, as Jason Heyward continued to impressive, but once again the Freak was on fire. After a rough first inning where he gave up a 2-run HR, Lincecum settled in nicely and kept the Braves in check as the Giants slowly rallied and eventually took the lead for good. Timmy kicked it up another notch, fanning 10 and allowing only 1 walk in 7.0 innings pitched. So far out of the gate Lincecum and some dude named Halladay are mowing down the NL.
Lincecum Line: Win (2-0) 5 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10K's and now sports a 1.27 ERA.
Next probable opponent: LA Dodgers, next weekend.

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