The Giants go from facing the best in the West in the Oakland Athletics to possibly the worst team in the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks have boosted their muscle a little bit with the activation of Mark Trumbo and the optioning of former Giant Roger Kieschnick to Triple-A Reno. As Tim Lincecum takes the mound for the Giants, everybody knows about the unreal numbers Paul Goldschmidt has against Timmy. Even this year, Goldschmidt continues to essentially ask Lincecum, “Why are you even pitching to me?”
Being outdone by just a little bit this year is Aaron Hill, who will be batting leadoff tonight for the Diamondbacks. Even though he doesn’t have the grossly high extra-base hit numbers, he still has found a way to get on base against Timmy.
Keys to the game for Timmy is always locating that fastball, and some suggest keeping runners off base (may seem like an obvious key to the game). Eleven out of fifteen on stolen base attempts, as well as sixteen extra-base hits:
Lincecum also has a pretty big home/road ERA split:
You can check out his game logs here. Ok, enough spreadsheets, let’s go to the lineups, starting with the Diamondbacks:
7/11 @Dbacks lineup vs. SF Hill 2B Peralta CF Goldscmidt 1B Montero C Trumbo LF Prado 3B Parra RF Gregorius SS Bolsinger P
— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) July 11, 2014
Now for the Giants, who have no Marco Scutaro, no Buster Posey (not Lincecum’s personal catcher, and should get a day off anyway), and Tyler Colvin starting in CF in the bigs for the first time since July 8th of last year with the Rockies.
Notes on Marco Scutaro, and other items of business not Cleveland-related:
I thought that Buster Posey would be the logical choice to replace Yadier Molina on the All Star roster, but Miguel Montero is the choice, and the stats suggest they are not far from each other in terms of performance this year. The bright side is Buster Posey gets to rest for the second half of the season.
— Steve Berthiaume (@BertDbacks) July 11, 2014
Lastly, the Giants have signed first-round pick Tyler Beede out of Vanderbilt to a deal worth $2.613MM. The rest of the unsigned draft picks that were waiting on Beede to sign should start inking their deals soon.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:15PM PST. In case you missed last night’s Dodger game, the Giants are now in second, a full game back.
So far in the 2014 season, only Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw had thrown no-hitters. Now, as in the past two years in Matt Cain against the Astros in 2012 and Tim Lincecum against the Padres in 2013, Lincecum has done it again against the Padres. Tried as the Padres might to slow the game down, perhaps give him four balls in his last plate appearance to mess with his rhythm, and try to adjust, Lincecum shut the Padres down minus a 2nd inning walk to Chase Headley. Timmy joins Christy Mathewson as the only Giants to have multiple no-hitters, and also is in a group of three others that have thrown two no-hitters in a calendar year timeframe along with Homer Bailey, Nolan Ryan, and Sandy Koufax. Some exclusive names and notable talents. This is the sixteenth no-hitter for the Giants franchise. Here are the videos. Three of the last four no-hitters by the Giants have come against the Padres, between two of Timmy’s and from Jonathan Sanchez in 2009.
The top of the ninth inning of the game, home feed, complete with Powerade dumps afterwards.
Tim Lincecum and battery-mate Hector Sanchez talked about the no-hitter in the post-game press conference.
Manager Bruce Bochy raises a glass (or paper cup) to Lincecum and his teammates.
MLB Tonight spoke with Lincecum after all the celebrations and conferences.
Jeff Nelson of MLB.com talks about Lincecum’s no-hitter.
More breakdown from MLB Network:
Video of the two Lincecum no-hitters courtesy of MLB.com.
For pictures, check out the San Francisco Giants photo blog. As you’d expect, they got some pretty good shots.
Congrats, Timmy. We love you.
Two wins and eight losses in their last ten games, the Giants would love to get back on the winning side of the standings as they find their division lead isn’t the tall mountain it used to be. As bad as the Diamondbacks have been at home at 13-27, having Tim Lincecum on the mound may not instill confidence in the hearts of Giants fans. Also not having Angel Pagan in the lineup isn’t the most ideal spot to be in, but per the beat writers, manager Bruce Bochy hopes to have Pagan in the lineup tomorrow. For me, seeing will be believing. but per the beat writers, he was taking batting practice today. The big news of the day is that Marco Scutaro was in the locker room and on the field doing some baseball activities. I read Andrew Baggarly’s version of Scutaro’s conversation with the beat, but if you prefer to read Pav’s version, click this, meanwhile Hank Schulman’s twitter timeline before game time featured some pictures of Sctuaro. As I type this out, I notice Pavlovic just posted a video of Scutaro and Brandon Belt working. Good to see Marco on the field again, of course we hope he feels 100% soon.
Tonight’s #SFGiants lineup: Blanco CF Pence RF Posey 1B Sandoval 3B Morse LF Crawford SS Sanchez C Adrianza 2B Lincecum RHP
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) June 20, 2014
Paul Goldschmidt is the name to watch, as he’s had seven home runs in twenty-eight plate appearances against Lincecum in his career. That’s stupid ridiculous. Maybe just walk him every time? Small sample sizes be damned, hard to not feel like Goldschmidt has Lincecum’s number.
Josh Collmenter, the tomahawk throwing righty is no stranger to the Giants nor their fanbase, but has not started against the Giants since 2012. In 2013 and 2014 he’s only opposed them as a reliever. Collmenter for the most part is a cutter-changeup guy, with the cutter sitting 85-87, changeup 78-80, and the occasionally thrown curve at around 73. If you’re a hitter going up there guessing cutter, chances are you’ll be right the majority of the time.
Tim Lincecum, although he throws more pitches, has a fastball that has looked so straight, and sometimes without command that hitters can either wait on a breaking ball, lay off the breaking pitches they know will be out of the zone, or wait for Timmy to groove a fastball in and absolutely punish it. I say this all the time, but if Timmy’s fastball command is there for him, chances are he can really be in for a good night. He does like to rely on fastball-slider to righties and fastball-split to lefties.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PM PST in the desert at Chase Field. I also put together some links that talked about a couple relievers in the Giants system, one on the big club, and one playing in San Jose, and I encourage you to take a look.
The social media world is abuzz over the Baltimore Ravens’ Running Back Ray Rice Press Conference where his wife apologized for the role she played in the incident, and rightly so. As long as the world continues to act like athletes are the holiest of the holy and the victim of being dragged on the floor of a hotel should be apologizing, we have ourselves a problem. On to more San Francisco Giants-related note, the second-place Minnesota Twins are in town, and they are two games over .500. The only thing I remember from the last time Minnesota visited AT&T was that time Madison Bumgarner pitched an inning and all of a sudden was down 8-0. That wasn’t fun. Hopefully, the 14-8 at home Giants can beat up on the 11-10 on the road Twins.
Here’s what the Twins will be throwing out there tonight:
5/23 @Twins lineup vs SF Dozier 2B Mauer 1B Plouffe 3B Parmelee RF Suzuki C Kubel LF Escobar SS Hicks CF Gibson P
— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) May 23, 2014
HERE’S HOW THE GIANTS WILL LINE UP TONIGHT WITH TIM LINCECUM ON THE MOUND:
Not really sure why we’re screaming. I’m excited about Orange Friday, too, but goodness. Here are some quick facts about the Minnesota Twins players/team to get you ready for this series:
- Brian Dozier is the 2B for the Twins and he’s been going nuts this year: a matching .370 OBP and wOBA with 11 HR and 12 SB already in 44 games played.
- Kyle Gibson, Friday night’s starter, has a 0.5% difference between his K% (10.6) and his BB% (10.1)
- The Giants have hit twenty more home runs than the Twins (55-35), but the Twins are .001 better in wOBA and 0.18 better in OBP than the Giants
- The Twins have the third-highest ERA (4.51) in MLB, while the Giants have the fourth-lowest (a stone cold 3.16). There is a 0.38 difference in FIP between the Giants and Twins (3.59-3.97)
- Glen Perkins, their closer, has a 34.1% K%, 12th-best in the bigs. Also has a 1.27 FIP, which is 5th-best. He’s good.
- The Twins bullpen has had it’s shutdown moments and meltdown moments, being a Top-10 team in Shutdowns (42, T-8th), and a back of the pack team in Meltdowns (23, T-20th). The Giants are at 49 (2nd) and 20 (T-9th), respectively.
Here’s what I know about Kyle Gibson: I had him on my fantasy team and he was doing awful until he got dropped and then he did well. This kind of happening is also called “Fantasy Baseball.” Gibson throws his heat in the low-90’s and has seen his changeup receive the most punishment in terms of BA and SLG% against. Here are his game logs for you to look over:
Pretty low number of swinging strikes (StS), with eight being the high number. Meanwhile, at the hittable fastball factory, Tim Lincecum‘s fastball is hittable. In comparing swinging strikes, you’ll notice Tim Lincecum has gotten into the double-digits in the majority of his starts, with the anomaly being the swing-happy and once-cold Atlanta Braves.
The positive I see is the one home run allowed in his last five starts (hashtag arbitrary endpoints), but those walk numbers are still high. One might expect this game to be of the higher scoring variety, maybe a 8-6 type game. I’m never good with guessing, so your prediction is probably better.
Pablo bought tight spandex superhero undershirts for everyone. Morse is superman, Pablo is batman, and Hector is… Captain America. — Eno Sarris (@enosarris) May 23, 2014
First pitch comes at 7:15PM PST.
On Friday night at AT&T Park in a Spring Training game between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants, you may have heard the stadium go silent in the 4th inning. It happened when Daric Barton hit a screamer right back up the middle that went off of the left leg, Lincecum’s landing leg when he pitches. Lincecum did his best to stay up and walk it off, but it wasn’t happening, as he would fall to the ground, pointing to the back of his left knee as the Giants trainers tended to him. He was assisted off the field with a man on each side, making an effort to put weight on his left leg as he walked off.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) March 29, 2014
Lincecum says he’s feeling OK but won’t know until tomorrow if he’ll be able to make his first regular season start. #SFGiants
— Carl Steward (@stewardsfolly) March 29, 2014
If Lincecum’s out, as Baggs said, the Giants could load up on eight relievers, which means Derek Law could get some big-league time, which would be cool for him. Front office has given hints though that they’d want him to go down once Law’s at the MLB level. So, could Edwin Escobar get called up? I believe he’s the story like Law is, so no to that one. With Timmy’s statement, it looks like we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see where we’re at. So until then, enjoy the last thirty seconds of these Sweet 16 games.
Here is a free agent list of pitchers. The Giants just took one off the list and gave him a full no-trade clause (which in the end could mean nothing if $omeone give$ him the right rea$on$ for ignoring it). Tim Lincecum is back as a Giant, which might be sweet music to a lot of Giants fans ears, but immediately the question to volley back is, “Is it worth it?” No matter what argument I present, there will be people that agree and disagree.
Lincecum has been a head-case for me in terms of his performance the past two seasons, despite contributing to a World Champion team in 2012. He nearly reached 200 IP as he had been doing since 2008 (only 186 IP in 2012), but fell short at 197.2. His combined fWAR of 2.5 in 2012 and 2013 is less than any other season he has pitched in a Giants uniform. We have seen his K% be as high as 28.8% in 2009 to as low as 23.0% in 2012-2013. 23.0% still put him at 21st in the ML for qualified starters in 2013. He did have his lowest BB% since 2010 (8.5%) as he walked 9.0% in 2013. His velocity has decreased on his fastball, as happens with most human beings. Going forward, if his average velocity on the fastball drops more, he is going to need improved command, and that tended to escape him at times during the season, especially with his fastball. His splitter is still an exceptional pitch, and the curveball can flash greatness when it’s on, but not to the level of elite.
This move is probably an overpay, but how many starters on that list could you have had for the upside that Timmy has, and for the years he signed to? You would probably be paying for more of a sure thing with Bronson Arroyo and A.J. Burnett, but nothing sells off the shelves in the off-season like the “Let Timmy Smoke” shirts. I like that Timmy is coming back because what’s on the market right now does not appear to be enough to take on the West.
Here are some reactions from the internet, in case you were curious:
If 1 win now costs $7M: http://t.co/7nJuOErJDv – Lincecum at 2/35 isn’t that nuts. Need to adjust perception of what is/isn’t a lot of $.
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) October 22, 2013
Two years, $35 million and full no trade for Lincecum? If true, an indication of how relative a word “value” could be this offseason
That’s a lot of money for a not very good Lincecum. I’m guessing they’re very confident he’ll bounce back?
— Chris Rodriguez (@chrisrod13) October 22, 2013
Tim Lincecum agrees to 2-year deal with Giants. He had a 2.81 ERA from 2008 to 2011, a 4.76 ERA in 2012/2013
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 22, 2013
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) October 22, 2013
Fast reax: The Giants have never been shy about overpaying for their stars. Lincecum certainly qualifies, and familiarity was big for him.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) October 22, 2013
2/35 for Lincecum? Maybe every single free agent should get the qualifying offer then. Holy smokes.
— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) October 22, 2013
17.5 mil a year for Lincecum? Wtf?
— Jenny (@jp_on_rye) October 22, 2013
So there you have it, the opinions of social media. So the Giants have Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, and Tim Lincecum locked in to their rotation, with the current team at around $97.1MM for 2014 as Lincecum gets the first $17MM of his contract in 2013. You can look at this deal one way similarly to how you viewed the Hunter Pence deal: this contract just beefed up the moneys for everybody else searching for a quality starting pitcher, whether by free agency or by trade.
The Giants have taken care of most of their foreseeably expensive additions, maybe another starter can be added if the payroll ceiling is bumped up, but you have three starters, a bullpen that doesn’t need to be expensive (but Javier Lopez will be added back to it in time), seven of the eight non-pitchers for sure coming back in the starting lineup. We’ll continue to see what Sabean and company do to field a more competitive team in 2014.
Tim Lincecum took the mound for the Giants on an Orange Friday at the yard, as the tied for first place in the NL West Rockies and Giants squared off for a good old fashioned nine inning baseball game. If you missed the game, let me
mislead tell you about some of the things that happened.
Here’s some evidence of the good pitches that Lincecum threw
Tyler Chatwood was SO unsuccessful on this butcher boy attempt and the runner at first would get doubled off for a double play. Nice try, Colorado!
Yerrrrrrrr out, Toddy!
Nolan Arenado was showing off tonight playing defense. Quite good, this young fella!
But Brandon Crawford is always there to help out with a double play.
Yea! Go Giants!