Friday, March 16, 2007

The 3rd Giants pitcher of the day was Tim Lincecum. He had another good news-bad news day. He had a relatively easy 6th inning, allowing a 2 out single, a fly out to RF and 2 groundballs. Then in the 7th inning he gave up a 5 pitch leadoff walk, followed by a groundball fielder's choice and a 2 run HR by Jeff Baker. The HR was hit to RCF and was not a cheapie. After the HR, Tim had a strikeout and a groundball to end the inning. As you would expect from a youngster....a little wildness and one pitch left over the plate is causing him problems when he gives up runs. BUT.....the pitches are zinging in there and he still looks like the real deal to me.

5 comments:

phil said...

What type of pitch did Baker go yard on a fastball or a breaking pitch?

Anonymous said...

It was a breaking ball he didn't get on top of.Out of the zone..Tim didn't even think he'd swing at it.His body was out ahead of his arm a bit..He merely needs innings to hone it down,All breaking balls had bite. The batters other than that were just protecting the inside half of the plate..Other than the hr no one got around on his pitches.He'll probably throw again in 5 or 6 days.
CLL

phil said...

thanks...

I was looking at his numbers and what amazed me is Tim has recorded 13 outs by groundout, 7 by strikeout and 1 by a flyout. lol,I guess they do have a tough time get around on his pitches. Im also glad to see that he has only walked 1 batter.

DrBGiantsfan said...

Looks like all the Cactus League scores are generally a lot higher than the Grapefruit League scores. I am under the impression that this spring has been hot and dry even by Arizona standards. Seems like balls are just jumping out of the parks over there. I'm guessing it's quite a challenge to get any bite on breaking balls in that kind of air too, sink on sinkers, hop on fastballs.

Probably the most important thing to watch for in pitchers is health and how they are throwing. They are going to give up occasional or not so occasional HR's in that climate.

Giantfan9 said...

You are right DrB. Other than the first couple of games, this has been the hottest Spring I can remember here in Arizona. Yesterday was ridiculous. I am always shocked when there is ANY bite to a curveball. That's one reason Zito's performance in Surprise was so impressive. Remember what Kirk Rueter's spring performances were always like? Off speed stuff is just so flat out here.

The ball is carrying really well too. I have seen several HR that I thought were going to be warning track jobs that are like the Everyready bunny.......they keep going and going and going.

As far as Lincecum goes......without CLL's input, I would have guessed changeup or a fastball that got overthrown and had nothing on it. It really didn't break at all. And I am not sure it was out of the zone....I think the umpires have been instructed to call the high strike again. They have been calling pitches way up almost to the shoulders and the knee high strike seems to be non-existent. I think Uncle Bud had been back at it again , trying to increase the offense.

Bottom line is....I am excited about Lincecum. After a couple of months to work on consistency in AAA he will be ready to take Morris or Ortiz' place in the rotation (or any other injury that might occur). I hope the Giants don't give in to the temptation to make him a reliever and use him sooner. I want him as a starter........for year to come I want him to be a starter.