Tag:Tim Lincecum
Posted on: August 13, 2011 10:28 am
Edited on: August 13, 2011 7:13 pm
 

On Deck: Uggla and Braves on 5-game streak

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By C. Trent Rosecrans


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Continuing the streaks: You may have heard that Dan Uggla has a streak going, but so does his team. While Uggla's hitting streak is now at 32 games, the Braves have a more modest five-game winning streak going, tied for the longest current streak in baseball along with the Rays. Atlanta's still 7 1/2 games behind the Phillies in the National League East, but at 70-49, it has the second-best record in the National League and a six-game lead over San Francisco and St. Louis in the Wild Card race. Uggla is 1 for 2 with a walk in three career plate appearances against Cubs starter Randy Wells, who is allowing 10.7 hits per nine innings. Cubs at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET

Tim LincecumAce time: After a loss and a Diamondbacks victory on Friday, the Giants are two games behind Arizona in the NL West, their biggest deficit since May 7. The good news is that their ace is on the mound tonight in Florida, as Tim Lincecum faces off against Javier Vazquez . Lincecum struggled some (by his standards) in the first half of the season, but since a disastrous start against Cincinnati in June, he has a 1.67 ERA in his last 10 starts. Of course, he needs someone to score some runs for him to pick up a victory, because even in those 10 starts in which he's allowed a total of 13 runs (12 earned) and struck out 71 batters in 64 2/3 innings, he's gone just 5-4 and the Giants are 5-5 -- maybe if he were hitting better than .095/.156/.095 -- but at least he has an excuse, he's a pitcher. The rest of his team has no such excuse. Giants at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET

Jered WeaverCy Weaver returns: Ervin Santana stepped up nicely on Friday filling Jered Weaver's usual spot in the Angels' rotation, and now the Blue Jays get to face Weaver, who was pushed back a day because of his six-game suspension for his part in the fracas in Detroit. Weaver enters the game 14-5 with a 1.78 ERA and 3.85 strikeouts for every walk. As good as he was leading up to his All-Star Game start, Weaver's been better since then, going 3-1 with a 1.49 ERA in his five starts since the break. He allowed seven hits and struck out eight in his last start, a shutout against the Mariners on Aug. 5. That said, his opposite is hardly a slouch. Toronto lefty Rickey Romero has gone at least eight innings in each of his last three starts and has given up just three runs and nine hits over that same span, while striking out 21. Angels at Blue Jays, 1:07 p.m. ET 

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Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Lincecum challenges fans to repeat delivery



By Evan Brunell

Imagine Tim Lincecum, nicknamed The Freak, hurling a 95-mph heater past you so fast, appearing on top of you with a massive stride and hearing the pop of the fastball hitting the mitt before you have time to react. Or a knee-buckling curveball sending you spinning like a top. A slider appearing at the perfect location to rap for a hit, but then disappearing... well, you're not sure where it disappears. Or how about a changeup following up the fastball, leaving you so far ahead of the pitch, your attempt to slow down and catch up to the ball just sends your limbs flying every which way as you struggle to maintain your balance.

Sound fun? Well, then you'll want to sign up for a video competition that Lincecum, the Giants ace, is putting on that asks fans to duplicate his delivery for a chance to face Lincecum in the batter's box at spring training in 2012. Entries are open as of Apug. 9 and runs through Sept. 16 and is being put on by Red Bull. There will be multiple rounds based on creativity, originality, performance, skill level and demonstrated passion for the sport and Lincecum. You may only submit one entry.

Before you think it's a piece of cake to mirror Lincecum's delivery, note that his delivery is most certainly not the vanilla, standard delivery so many pitchers use these days. No, sirree. This delivery , as you can see above in slow motion, includes a controlled leg kick past the hips, angling his back to the hitter with a long stride, his glove arm angling above his head, loading up the pitch from a 3/4 angle but which comes over the top thanks to his delivery that finishes with his back leg above his head.

Good luck. Enter the contest here.

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Posted on: August 7, 2011 10:51 am
 

On Deck: We're going streaking

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By C. Trent Rosecrans


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Winning streak: Roy Oswalt returns from the disabled list and looks to extend the Phillies' winning streak to 10. To reach double digits, Philadelphia will have to top Tim Lincecum. Lincecum set the tone last postseason against the Phillies, topping Roy Halladay in Game 1 of the NLCS, before losing Game 5 in a rematch against Halladay. A little more than a week ago, Lincecum threw six shutout innings in a victory in Philadelphia in a 4-1 Giants victory over Kyle Kendrick. Philadelphia's Roy Oswalt is making his first start since June 23, spending the last six weeks on the disabled list with lower back inflammation and two bulging disks. Phillies at Giants, 4:05 p.m. ET

Losing streak: On the other side of Pennsylvania, the state's other team is looking to avoid a 10-game streak of its own. Pittsburgh has lost its last nine and 11 of its last 12. The Pirates now trail the Brewers by nine games and any shot at making the playoffs seems remote at best. The team may now have to change its focus from the postseason to ending the streak of 18 consecutive losing seasons. The Pirates stand at 54-58, so that's a more realistic goal than the playoffs at this point. All-Star Kevin Correia (12-9, 4.71 ERA) starts for the Pirates opposite San Diego's Mat Latos (5-11, 3.94). Padres at Pirates, 1:35 p.m. ET

Dan UgglaFreddie FreemanHitting streaks: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 27 games on Saturday, going 3 for 5 with his 24th homer of the season on Saturday in a loss to the Mets, but he's not alone on the Braves' streaking list -- rookie first baseman Freddie Freeman singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. Uggla's homer was his 12th during the streak and has seen his average rise from .173 to .220 during the streak. He's 2 for 8 against Sunday's Mets starter Dillon Gee. Freeman is 1 for 5 against Gee. Braves at Mets, 1:10 p.m. ET

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:51 am
 

On Deck: Bonifacio looking for 26

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By C. Trent Rosecrans


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Emilio BonifacioBonifacio going for 26: Marlins outfielder Emilio Bonifacio extended his hitting streak to 25 games last night.  Bonfifacio is 4 for 12 in his career against Thursday's starter for the Nationals, John Lannan. That may not matter, though, as Bonifacio has picked up a hit in his final at-bat five times during the streak, including Wednesday night when he singled off Nationals' right-hander Ryan Mattheus in the eighth inning of the team's 7-5 victory over the Nationals.Brad Hand is on the mound for the Marlins after three starts in Triple-A. Hand is 1-3 with a 2.77 ERA in five starts for Florida this season. Marlins at Nationals, 12:35 p.m. ET

Carlos BeltranBeltran in Philly: Not only did the Phillies not win the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes, they'll have to see what they missed out on up close, as Beltran is expected to make his debut tonight against Philadelphia. Beltran is 6 for 19 with a homer in his career against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. The Giants are expected to have Tim Lincecum back on the mound today after missing two starts due to sickness. Giants at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET

How about playing 9?: The Braves and Pirates went 19 innings on Tuesday and 10 innings Wednesday. The two teams have combined to use 25 relievers in the first two games of the series, so they certainly hope Paul Maholm and Derek Lowe can go long tonight. Maholm is averaging 6 1/3 innings per putting, Lowe is averaging 5 2/3 inning per start. This is nothing new for Atlanta, though, as the Braves have played 22 extra-inning games this season, the most in the majors. Pirates at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:50 pm
 

On Deck: Braves/Pirates meet after blown call

On Deck

By Evan Brunell


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PiratesBravesONE DAY LATER: A day after the Braves essentially stole a win thanks to an umpire's blown call, the two teams will meet up with a nice pitching duel lined up. Jair Jurrjens no longer has an ERA under 2.00, but that can be forgiven as it's still low, with a 2.44 line going up against Paul Maholm and his 3.26 ERA. The Pirates are doing everything they can to stay in the NL Central hunt and must feel a bit of pressure at their backs to make up for the loss Tuesday night, as well as the knowledge the Cardinals just upgraded their pitching by adding Edwin Jackson, Marc Rzepcynzki and Octavio Dotel. Pirates vs. Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET

RasmusDONE DEAL: The Blue Jays made yet another smart deal on Wednesday, yet another in a series of trades since Alex Anthopoulous took over as GM. The centerpiece in the three-team deal for Toronto is center fielder Colby Rasmus. Rasmus isn't in the lineup for the game, but it's possible he will arrive in time to make an entrance. More than likely, Rasmus' Blue Jays debut will wait until Thursday. Toronto may also be dealing with a short bullpen, having traded away Dotel and Rzepcynzki. They have Ricky Romero toeing the hill against Alfredo Simon. Romero threw eight innings of one-run ball the last time he faced Baltimore, so the Jays will be hoping for a repeat. Orioles vs. Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. ET

GiantsPhilliesPITCHING DUEL: The Giants added their own outfielder on Wednesday, agreeing to add Carlos Beltran for the Mets. There's no chance Beltran has of making it to San Francisco in time for the game tonight, largely because the deal is not yet completed thanks to some procedural moves. It's OK, though, because we've got a nice pitching matchup to make up for it. The Phillies will toss ace No. 4, Cole Hamels, who deserves much more than that label. Hamels has a sterling 2.62 ERA on the year with a 0.96 WHIP, striking out 134 and walking just 29. Tim Lincecum was supposed to go for the Giants but is ill (Barry Zito started in Lincecum's place as well Tuesday night), so Matt Cain will step in Lincecum's place. No problem: Cain's got a 3.06 ERA in 138 1/3 innings. Giants vs. Phillies, 7:00 p.m. ET

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Cain to start for ill LIncecum

Tim LincecumBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Tim Lincecum is still sick and it appears to have come at an opportune time for the Giants, as Monday's day off could allow the team to move up its entire rotation and letting Lincecum recover until he'd be needed on Saturday in Cincinnati, MLB.com's Chris Haft reports.

Lincecum was a scratch on Tuesday with flu-like symptoms, resulting in a Barry Zito start (that ended like most Zito starts, with lots of runs on the board) on Tuesday in Philadelphia. 

Matt Cain will pitch Wednesday night in Philadelphia, while Ryan Vogelsong could pitch Thursday and Madison Bumgarner on Friday.

Cain last faced the Phillies in Game 3 of last year's NLCS when he held the team to two hits in seven innings of a 3-0 Giants victory.

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Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: July 20, 2011 12:16 pm
 

On Deck: Dueling out west

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By Matt Snyder


With six day games -- including several of pretty solid intrigue -- we'll hit you with On Deck early on this Wednesday. Why? Well, we aim to please. It is a full slate, as usual on a Wednesday, as there are nine night games. The last one of the night is one of the most exciting matchups, too. Let's dive in.

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Pair of aces: How does Clayton Kershaw (10-4, 2.88) vs. Tim Lincecum (8-7, 2.99) sound? Pretty awesome, right? Because that's happening Wednesday afternoon. Kershaw's Dodgers are 14-1/2 games behind Lincecum's first-place Giants in the NL West, but Kershaw has owned the offensively challenged Giants in his career. The major-league leader in strikeouts is 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 60 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings against the defending champs. The Giants have a new toy in infielder Jeff Keppinger and have added prospect Brandon Belt to their punchless lineup in hopes to get things kickstarted, but Kershaw's a tall order. Then again, two-time Cy Young Award winner Lincecum is likewise a tall order for the Dodgers. Don't expect this one to last long, unless it goes 0-0 or 1-1 to extras. Oh, and did I mention that whole Dodgers-Giants rivalry? This is a must-watch. L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m. ET.

Haren's tough task: While the afternoon game out west is a must-watch, so is the last game of the night. The Texas Rangers have opened up a five-game lead in the AL West on the strength of a 12-game winning streak. They had some huge offensive games early in the streak, but the pitching is doing the heavy lifting at this juncture. The Rangers have only allowed two runs in the past six games, which include four shutouts. Toeing the slab late Wednesday night is Derek Holland (8-4, 4.32), who just happens to have thrown a complete-game shutout in each of his last two outings. So the Angels need to find a way to scratch across some runs against one of the hottest pitchers -- and pitching staffs, for that matter -- in baseball, meanwhile cool off one of the best hitting teams in baseball. Dan Haren (10-6, 2.75) certainly has the ability to do so for the Angels. He's looking to stop the Rangers' 12-game winning streak and the Angels' three-game losing streak. Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET.

More pitching:
The most underrated pitching matchup of the day just happens to include the first-place Pirates, who are catching the eye of the nation. Did you know the Pirates haven't had a winning season in 18 years? Of course, you did, but we aren't gonig to let you forget it if they continue to play like this. Tuesday, the Pirates got a 1-0 win in Cincinnati. Wednesday, one of the most -- if not the most -- surprising starters in the league takes the hill for the Bucs. Jeff Karstens (8-4, 2.34) ranks third in ERA in the NL among qualifiers, trailing only a pair of All-Stars in Ryan Vogelsong and Jair Jurrjens. Karstens has been lights-out since the beginning of June, though, as he's 5-0 with a 1.26 ERA in that time. His counterpart Wednesday, Johnny Cueto (5-3, 2.01), is no slouch either. The Reds need a win to avoid a sweep and falling six games back in the NL Central. Of note: Karstens has a pretty bad career history against the Reds, though the Pirates are 7-1 against the Reds this season. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:45 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Bauer wins Golden Spikes Award

Trevor BauerBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Trevor Bauer, the third overall pick in last month's MLB Draft, won the Golden Spikes Award as USA Baseball's top amateur player on Friday.

The right-hander went 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA in 16 starts for UCLA this season nd also led the country with 203 strikeouts. The 203 strikeouts was a Pac-10 record, eclipsing the mark set by USC's Mark Prior.

He's been compared to Tim Lincecum because of his unorthodox mechanics, but he's bigger than the Giants' ace.

Bauer was one of three finalists for the award, along with Texas right-hander Taylor Jungmann and Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen. Jungmann was drafted 12th overall by the Brewres and Hultzen went second to the Mariners.

The last 10 winners of the award were Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey, David Price, Lincecum, Alex Gordon, Jered Weaver, Rickie Weeks, Khalil Greene and Prior.

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