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McCovey Chronicles Sep 16, 2014

Giants lose ground in every race because of stupid game

Other than that ... The problem with evaluating pitchers, a one-act play: Ryan Vogelsong doesn't fill me with confidence these days, but that shouldn't be a slight. I'm comparing him to Ryan Vogelsong from 2012. Matt Cain from 2011 and Tim Lincecum from 2010. Madison Bumgarner the whole danged time. The bar is high, and most of the active pitchers these days don't clear it. This is an Ivy League secret club, Whiffs and Breakers, and you have to be invited to join. Vogelsong isn't there right now. Which means, by default, he probably never will be again. If he starts a postseason game, it's...

Ryan Divish's MLB power rankings

Rank (LW) Team Comment 1. (1) Angels 2. (2) Nationals 3. (4) Dodgers Coming into Saturday, Yasiel Puig was hitting .125 (7 for 56) with one extra-base hit and 16 strikeouts. His batting average has dropped from .312 to .291 in that time. 4. (7) Cardinals 5. (3) Orioles 6. (8) Tigers 7. (10) Giants If it wasn't for a guy named Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner would be a lock for NL Cy Young. He's 18-9 with a 2.91 ERA. He's struck out 204 batters and walked just 52 in 217 innings pitched. 8. (9) Mariners 9. (5) Royals 10. (6) A's 11. (13) Pirates 12. (16) Blue...
McCovey Chronicles Sep 10, 2014

Tim Lincecum almost certainly wouldn't make a postseason roster

Not sure if you've thought that far ahead, but in case you haven't ... Look at that damned headline. Take yourself out of the present and think big picture. Think about where you were on Sunday night when Tim Lincecum debuted in the majors, how hard you rooted for him to win his first Cy Young. How hard you rooted for him to win his second Cy Young, seeing as awards were the best that Giants fans could hope for. How normal it was for him to be matched up with Cliff Lee in a possible series-clincher because aces are supposed to match up with aces. Now look at the headline again. This feels...

SF GIANTS EXTRA: Lincecum has a good inning, Bumgarner gets a lot of advice

They were only five pitches to three Tigers who are not household names. He threw them in the ninth inning of a blowout, after midnight, but they might be remembered as a turning point in Tim Lincecum’s bid to rejoin the rotation,which could happen this season. Lincecum threw five strikes to James McCann, Steven Moya and Nick Castellanos to finish Friday night’s rain-delayed 8-2 victory: three fastballs, a curve and a splitter. Manager Bruce Bochy said the pitcher was “pretty excited” and “all smiles” afterward. Lincecum said he was happy because he could throw strikes without...
Sacramento Bee Sep 6, 2014
Rain can't help Tigers in 8-2 loss to Giants

Rain can't help Tigers in 8-2 loss to Giants

After Rick Porcello allowed an early barrage of hits, about the only thing that could have helped the Detroit Tigers was the weather. San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval hits a home run against the Detroit Tigers in the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in Detroit. Detroit Tigers’ Steven Moya walks back to the dugout after striking out against San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum in the ninth inning of a baseball game early Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Detroit. The Giants defeated the Tigers 8-2. San Francisco Giants’ Angel Pagan, right, scores...

Fun in the sun — SF Giants win sixth straight, rout Brewers

The Giants didn’t want August to end. Now they can’t wait for September to begin. Ending the penultimate month of the regular season with a six-game win streak, the Giants crushed the Brewers 15-5 on a picture-postcard Sunday by the bay that kept most fans to the finish. The Giants will enter September trailing first-place Los Angeles by 2 1/2 games. It started with another strong start by Madison Bumgarner and ended with new long reliever Tim Lincecum pitching two innings. Through it all, the Giants, young and not-so-young, collected 16 hits, including 10 for extra bases, their most in...

Tim Lincecum: Spotlight on San Francisco Giants starting pitcher

Tim Lincecum is a two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, but that was half a decade ago.
PREGAME NOTES: Petit to make next start, Bochy looking for the right opportunity for Lincecum

PREGAME NOTES: Petit to make next start, Bochy looking for the right opportunity for Lincecum

Yusmeiro Petit was a national story yesterday, and so there was little doubt that this announcement was coming: Petit will start Tuesday in Colorado. Tim Lincecum remains in the bullpen, and manager Bruce Bochy said Lincecum has felt good about… Continue Reading → 
KFFL Aug 29, 2014

Giants | Unsure how Tim Lincecum will be used

San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum could be used in long or short relief, depending ...
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 28, 2014
Scoreboard Watching: August 28, 2014

Scoreboard Watching: August 28, 2014

I guess Timmah is finally going to find time to wash his hair, as Yusmerio Petit gets the nod instead of Tim Lincecum in today's Giants-Rockies game. The Rockies' Jordan Lyles (6-1, 4.05) faces off against Petit (3-3, 3.59), who is getting heralded for retiring 38 consecutive batters (seven batters shy of the MLB record, set by Mark Buerhle in 2009). But hold on there, Tex: In six appearances this year as a starter, Petit is 1-2 with a 6.32 ERA. On the other hand, Lincecum has allowed 26 ER in his last 24.2 IP; so, Bruce Bochy has Petit fours'd into the game. 12.45p, first pitch.

The lineup, and full transcript of Tim Lincecum talking about move to bullpen

Sorry about the delay, but Tim Lincecum was available for a brief time in the clubhouse and I got a chance to talk to him along with the Sacramento Bee’s Matt Kawahara. Lincecum had a lot of things to say… Continue Reading → 
Athletics Nation Aug 26, 2014
Daily Link Dump 8/26/14

Daily Link Dump 8/26/14

Links before the second game in Houston. Anibal Sanchez is likely to miss the remainder of the regular season. The Rays' protest from Saturday was denied. Jason Giambi is still alive. In fact, he's just about to begin a rehab assignment. On this day in 1939, a Major League game was televised for the first time. Three teams are reportedly interested in Bartolo Colon, but Aaron Gleeman believes that one of those teams can't afford him. The Mariners have extended the contract of GM Jack Zdurencik. Perhaps Tim Lincecum should become a closer. What has led to the massive shift in the AL...
Sacramento Bee Aug 26, 2014

Lincecum removed from Giants starting rotation

SAN FRANCISCO - Tim Lincecum is being removed from the Giants' starting rotation and replaced by Yusmeiro Petit, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday, and the switch will be open-ended depending on how both pitchers perform in their new roles.
McCovey Chronicles Aug 25, 2014
Giants skipping Tim Lincecum in rotation

Giants skipping Tim Lincecum in rotation

Yusmeiro Petit will start on Thursday. After Tim Lincecum's dreadful start on Saturday, Bruce Bochy said that he was having discussions with Dave Righetti about options for the struggling starter. Once the existence of those conversations are uttered in public, they rarely end with a decision of "just keep running him out there," and it's official: Lincecum is getting passed over in the rotation. From Henry Schulman: Bochy and his staff have had some success getting pitchers on track by holding them back for one start, including once with Lincecum. Now, Bochy said, the pitcher needs to...

PREGAME NOTES: Lincecum out of rotation for one start, possibly more

Since I had to file a story on Lincecum ASAP, you might as well read it verbatim here … – SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Lincecum is being removed from the Giants’ starting rotation and replaced by Yusmeiro Petit, said manager… Continue Reading → 

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