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Friday’s pre-gamer: No Scutaro yet, Colvin’s in CF, All Star second catcher named, lineups

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?”

2011 9 9 5 1 0 2 4 0 3 .556 .556 1.333 1.889 0 0 0 0
2012 8 5 3 0 0 3 6 2 1 .600 .625 2.400 3.025 1 0 0 0
2013 6 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0 1
2014 8 6 5 1 0 2 6 1 0 .833 .750 2.000 2.750 1 0 0 0
RegSeason 31 26 15 2 0 7 17 3 5 .577 .581 1.462 2.042 2 0 0 1
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Generated 7/11/2014.

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.

2007 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .500 .000 .500 0 0 0 0
2011 6 5 3 3 0 0 2 1 1 .600 .667 1.200 1.867 0 0 0 0
2012 8 7 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 .571 .625 .714 1.339 0 1 0 0
2013 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .667 .000 .667 0 0 0 0
2014 6 5 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 .800 .667 .800 1.467 1 0 0 0
RegSeason 25 19 11 4 0 0 4 5 4 .579 .640 .789 1.429 1 1 0 0
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Generated 7/11/2014.

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:

273 55 9 2 5 0 0 26 64 2.46 .224 .300 .337 0 .282 84 85
Men On 172 39 6 4 6 11 4 16 31 1.94 .257 .326 .467 8 .280 126 118
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Lincecum also has a pretty big home/road ERA split:

Home 2.81 11 1 1 67.1 49 21 6 26 63 2 4 273 1.114 8.4 2.42
Away 5.82 7 0 0 38.2 45 25 5 16 32 0 3 172 1.578 7.4 2.00
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Generated 7/11/2014.

You can check out his game logs here. Ok, enough spreadsheets, let’s go to the lineups, starting with the Diamondbacks:

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.

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.

The videos and pictures from Tim Lincecum’s second career no-hitter

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 talks about Lincecum’s no-hitter.

More breakdown from MLB Network:

Video of the two Lincecum no-hitters courtesy of

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.

Friday’s lineups and pre-gamer: Bochy hopes Pagan will be back tomorrow, Scutaro takes BP and grounders with team

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.

Back to the game, and the lineups, personal catcher Hector Sanchez gets the start behind the plate and Buster Posey gets his usual assignment at first on days like this:

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.

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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.

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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.

Pre-Game: I Checked the Standings and the #Twins Weren’t in Last Place. Series with #SFGiants Begins Tonight

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:


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:

Apr 5 @ CLE W,7-3 99 5.0 3 1 4 3 0 0 1.80 21 97 53 16 8 8 56
Apr 11 KCR W,10-1 5 6.1 5 1 4 3 0 0 1.59 27 100 56 14 5 12 58
Apr 17(1) TOR W,7-0 5 8.0 4 0 1 4 0 0 0.93 28 105 62 22 5 13 77
Apr 22 @ TBR L,3-7 4 3.0 10 7 2 3 0 0 3.63 20 86 55 17 7 6 12
Apr 30 LAD L,4-6 7 6.2 9 5 3 2 0 0 4.34 33 101 59 14 3 15 35
May 5 @ CLE W,1-0 4 7.0 2 0 3 1 0 0 3.50 25 100 56 15 4 6 71
May 10 @ DET L,3-9 4 2.0 7 6 1 1 1 0 4.74 14 48 26 5 4 7 18
May 16 SEA W,5-4 5 7.0 6 1 2 4 0 0 4.20 30 96 57 15 8 17 63
45.0 46 21 20 21 1 0 4.20 198
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Generated 5/23/2014.

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.

Date Opp Rslt DR IP H ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB GSc
Apr 3 @ ARI W,8-5 99 6.0 8 4 0 7 2 6.00 25 98 71 22 8 9 47
Apr 9 ARI L,3-7 5 4.0 7 7 1 5 2 9.90 20 71 44 14 6 2 24
Apr 15 LAD W,3-2 5 5.0 5 1 0 5 1 7.20 21 93 64 20 11 6 58
Apr 20 @ SDP W,4-3 4 6.0 7 3 3 7 1 6.43 25 102 56 19 10 9 50
Apr 26 CLE W,5-3 5 4.2 9 2 2 3 0 5.96 24 98 58 18 8 9 37
May Opp Rslt DR IP H ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB GSc
May 2 @ ATL W,2-1 5 6.0 6 1 3 4 0 5.12 27 93 62 11 12 5 57
May 7 @ PIT L,3-4 4 4.0 8 4 2 4 0 5.55 22 88 62 12 8 7 32
May 12 ATL W,4-2 4 7.2 3 1 4 11 1 4.78 28 113 70 16 24 8 76
May 17 MIA L,0-5 4 6.0 7 3 3 6 0 4.74 27 114 70 20 11 10 49
49.1 60 26 18 52 7 4.74 219
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Generated 5/23/2014.

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.

Take that, Buster Posey and David Wright.

First pitch comes at 7:15PM PST.

Tim Lincecum Taken Out By a Line Drive to the Leg, Doesn’t Know If He Will Miss Next Start

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.

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.

One More Year for Each Ring: Lincecum Gets Two Year/$35MM Deal

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:

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.

DeceivinGIFCap: Giants play game against Rockies on a Friday and wore orange

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!

Todd Helton tried to take second against Gregor Blanco, but he was just being silly!

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!

Lineups Posted: Pagan’s back vs. a pretty good Kyle Kendrick

After resting a couple days to give a sore hamstring a break, Angel Pagan is back in the lineup, while Jose Mijares gets reinstated from the restricted list and Jean Machi goes back down to Triple-A Fresno. A night after facing Cliff Lee, the Giants don’t get a break from successful pitchers in 2013 as Kyle Kendrick will toe the slab for the Phillies. Kendrick, like Lee and Bumgarner from last night, also has only one start of less than six innings this season, and has gone three times through the batting order in his last three starts, including a complete game shutout against the Mets two starts ago. He’ll go against Tim Lincecum, who just came off of a hit parade in Arizona, still was able to go five innings, and has gone at least that length in all of his starts, surprising as that may seem.

The lineups for the Phillies:

Laynce Nix playing tonight instead of Delmon Young. The Giants show off their lineup:

Brandon Belt moves up a spot in the order, and Gregor Blanco comes in against the RHP.

Both Kendrick and Lincecum have been around since 2007, but I find Kendrick’s evolution as a pitcher up to this point pretty fascinating since I feel his success is pretty quiet (west coast bias, perhaps?). Looking at the chart below, it looks like he relies on his two seamer a good deal, less on his cutter, and a healthy amount on his splitter, all the while his average velocity sitting around the same area.

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Lincecum, however, has these violent spikes and valleys in his pitch% chart, relying less on his two-seamer and cut fastball, and more on his four-seamer, slider, and his changeup/split as his career has progressed, though his fastball velocity isn’t what it used to be (to be fair, that happens to just about everybody).

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Lincecum also had his first start in a long while since he walked zero batters. His swings outside the zone percentage of 31.0% in his last start was the highest he had all season, as was the .563 BABIP against him that game. Stupid Diamondbacks.

Game time is at 7:15PM PST.

Lineups: #SFGiants continue NL West stretch in San Diego

13-9 through their first twenty-two games, the Giants have left the comforts of home and will play weekend baseball in one of the more comfortable cities to do it in San Diego. The Padres will throw out Andrew Cashner once again, and he faced fourteen hitters over four innings, walking one, giving up one homer, and striking out five in his Saturday outing. The last time Tim Lincecum saw Cashner and the Pads was also the last time the Friars were at AT&T and had his longest outing of the year, just short of seven innings (6.2), two walks, and eight strikeouts, and Buster Posey was catching him! A day for much rejoicing indeed, as it was another win of the three-game sweep of the Padres. The only team from the NL West that the Padres have not been swept by are those Los Angeles Dodgers, whom the Pads are 4-2 against. They have lost all six games against the Rockies, and haven’t played the Diamondbacks yet. They’ll look to not get swept by San Francisco again this weekend, and they’ll have Carlos Quentin back to help them out.

Tonight’s lineup for the Giants:

Posey catching Lincecum, Brandon Belt‘s back in the lineup (I know it’s a RHP on the mound for San Diego), all feels the way it should.

And the home team Padres:

Chase Headley came back during the series against the Giants, and the Giants were none to happy to see him homering and hitting off of them.

As for Lincecum’s pitch usage this year, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that the change/split is not being used that much to open the plate appearance or when the batter’s ahead, but primarily when he’s ahead or has two strikes on a hitter. That has really been his money pitch, and I know I say this all the time, but if he can command the fastball, his outings should be fun to watch and make that split (and his slider) that much more effective.

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I thought Cashner’s pitch usage stats might still be evening out since his spot starting began the last time he took the mound, but looking at his pitch distribution from his last start, the fastball distribution seems true, although he was pretty even with the changeup and slider.

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Cashner threw forty-four fastballs (five sinkers), ten changeups, and eleven sliders in his sixty-five pitches to the Giants last Saturday. Will be interesting to see what kind of pitch count will be on him and how long manager Bud Black lets him go tonight if he stays out of trouble.

Game time is at 7:10PM PST at PetCo Park.

Lineups Posted and Edited: Fireballer Andrew Cashner gets the start for the Pads vs. #SFGiants

Hopefully, after a night where it took a while for fans to get into the park, prospective attendees have brought themselves to the park earlier so as to get through security so they may see the first pitch tonight. Clayton Richard was originally scheduled to go against the Giants today in Game 2 of their weekend  series, but due to flu-like symptoms, he’ll miss tonight’s start and hope he can make his turn in the rotation again on Tuesday. Known high-velocity thrower Andrew Cashner makes his first start of the season. He made five starts last year in thirty-three appearances, but none of them came against the Giants. Only one of those starts went longer than 5.0 IP, against Houston, and the Giants will hope to take him out early as well. The lineups for the visitors:

and the root, root root for the home team:

This will be the first time this regular season that Buster Posey has caught Tim Lincecum. Finally.

Cashner hasn’t gone longer than 2.2 IP this year in his relief appearances, so if he gets into the 4th or 5th inning, his control and command will be something everybody makes a closer look towards. Since Cashner has only had to deal with his opposition in short spurts and they’ve really only see him one time in a game, the strategy will be a little bit different than that of his starting tonight, and the velocity may be dialed down a bit. This is Cashner’s pitch distribution for the season thus far in the few pitches he’s made so far.

Screen shot 2013-04-20 at 5.02.35 PMIf you have a good fastball-changeup combination, that can do you wonders as a pitcher (see: Tim Lincecum, even though his changeup is a split), and Cashner may have to utilize those other breaking ball pitches a little more if the changeup isn’t hitting the strike zone tonight. I feel like that’s the key for him tonight — to get that changeup in there, to make pitches other than the fastball get into the mind of Giants hitters. For Timmy:

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As Cashner’s key is the changeup and the strike zone, so is Timmy’s fastball and the strike zone. If the hitters see Timmy is hitting the strike zone, I’d be under the impression they are less likely to just spit on the slider and the split when he gets to throwing them.  I’m still pretty surprised that he’s gone at least five innings in each of his starts this season, and his walks in a game going from 7 to 4 to 1, so that means he’s walking -2 hitters tonight (put money down on that).

As of right now, the Giants are 6-1 against their NL West brothers while the Padres are 4-9. The home team hope to make that 4-10 tonight. Game time is 6:05PM PST.