Saturday, August 3, 2013

Game Wrap 8/3/2013: Rays 2 Giants 1

Tim Lincecum battled David Price to a 1-1 standoff after 7 innings, but the Giants ultimately lost on a walkoff in the bottom of the 10'th inning.  Key Lines:

Jeff Francoeur- 3 for 4.  BA= .210.  This was the best Frenchy has looked since he was signed.  Let's see if he can sustain something here.

Joaquin Arias- 2 for 4.  BA= .293.  The last 3 batters in the order had 6 of the Giants' 7 hits.

Tim Lincecum- 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.43.  4 of Timmy's last 5 starts have been dominant.  The one non-dominant start was the game after the no-hitter and the All-Star Break.  Now that he is getting his command harnessed, we are starting to see the benefits of the better conditioning that is obvious from looking at him.  I believe this is the physically strongest I have ever seen him.

Joe West- Regulation Strike Zone:  Knees to armpits and the lateral edges of the plate.  Joe West's Strike Zone:  Mid-shin to the pubic bone and wherever the heck he wanted it to be on the lateral edges on a given pitch.  The strike zone was the same for both teams as near as I could tell, but it was tailor made for David Price who really took advantage of the low zone.  Timmy usually likes to work more up in the zone, so this was a challenge for him.

Guillermon Moscoso gets the start tomorrow in place of Barry Zito facing Roberto Hernandez


  1. doc,

    The STRIKE ZONE is that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the knee cap. The Strike Zone shall be determined from the batter's stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball.

    name the ump that actually calls balls and strikes based on the above description

    west is just the worst, because his k-zone changes game to game

    dont need umps to call balls and strikes anymore...laser tech can do it and do it better....time to rid the game of the bs human element

    looks like the mlb wants to ban arod for a year..."for the good of the game" if im arod, i fight it, and use the examples of mccourt, loria and wolff as my defense....if those crooks were and are allowed to own teams, how does one player hurt the integrity of the game?

    not guilty

    bacci for commish...i will clean up the game

    1. In other words, pretty much where I said the regulation strike zone is. There are a few who call it that way, not very many, but West's is farther off than most.

      I have mixed feelings about the suspensions. If there is proof beyond reasonable doubt that they used after their own union agreed that they would not use anymore, then the suspensions are warranted. I don't happen to believe that PED's make a whole lot of difference, but if everybody agrees on a set of rules, then they need to be followed and there needs to be appropriate punishment for those who choose to break them.

  2. Doc B,

    Totally agree on Timmy. He had to get his physical foundation rebuilt this past off-season - from In-n-Out Animal daze to in-shape. That done, this season he has had to learn how to pitch with less stuff while finding his fastball control again. Looks like he may be on his way. Maybe not to Cy Young/Happy Timmy Day level but at least to a solid #3 starter with still nasty strikeout stuff. Next step, work on his mound focus, confidence and holding runners on.

    Joe West can't recognize a curveball and he's a MLB Ump !@#$%!

    1. I think he's earned a multi-year offer. Of course he can crater back at the end of the year... But the only way he's going to ever learn how to pitch with reduced velocity (from awesome to average) is to face major league hitters. So the Giants are well positioned to make a good offer. Won't be 5/100MM but I bet it will be pretty substantial. Most likely Timmy & Agents will go one year on the qualifying unless some team overbids.

    2. I would be happy if Timmy accepted a Qualifying Offer. That just might be a win-win for both Timmy and the Giants and the fans would be the biggest winners.

    3. I agree Shankbone. I don't think that they will settle for a QO, I think a two year deal with bonuses and options would, though.

  3. Frenchy Experiment update: 217/234/261 with 1 walk (bases loaded run scoring!) is no way to go through life. We're up to 47 PAs. I think another 50 is all the Gints should have patience for, then its the Peggs Brown show.

    1. I think that the Giants will keep him around. He's had some success with the Giants, his contact rate is the best it has been for a long while, he's getting BABIPed right now, though, so they might keep him around longer to work with him. It is not like Pegs or Brown is killing it in the minors, either.