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Monday, October 08, 2012

Did you know? NLDS Game 2: Reds, Giants | SFGiants.com: News

It was all Reds last night.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2012 at 08:10 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: giants, playoffs, reds

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   1. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: October 08, 2012 at 08:24 AM (#4258948)
i was concerned for the reds in that ludwick's power had vanished in september and frazier also slowed down. thought maybe they would struggle to score runs and even with their fine pitching/defense in close games anything can happen

but they have scored runs.

latos has been d8mn impressive the last 3.5 months. once he stopped giving up homers left and right he became a metronome of consistently good. that 94 fastball of his jumps all over the place within the strike zone.
   2. Joey B. Posted: October 08, 2012 at 08:35 AM (#4258952)
Seeing Lincecum relegated to middle relief is strange, to say the least.
   3. smileyy Posted: October 08, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4259230)
I was surprised to see Lincecum in relief -- I thought "Damn, are they that desperate that they're using a starter to pitch?!" then realized that Lincecum wasn't penciled in to start any games in the series. He seems to be done, IIRC?
   4. Mefisto Posted: October 08, 2012 at 02:45 PM (#4259259)
Lincecum last pitched on Sept. 30. I think they just wanted him to have some pitches before his (presumed) start on Tuesday.
   5. tshipman Posted: October 08, 2012 at 02:47 PM (#4259261)
I was surprised to see Lincecum in relief -- I thought "Damn, are they that desperate that they're using a starter to pitch?!" then realized that Lincecum wasn't penciled in to start any games in the series. He seems to be done, IIRC?


Well, it's selective endpoints, but he was fine in the second half of the year--3.83 ERA, 8.7 K/9, etc.

Lincecum's problem this year was related to pitching out of the stretch. With bases empty, he had a 25.6 K% and an 8.8 BB%. With runners on, that went to 19.6 K% and 13.7 BB%. With RISP, that went to 18% K and 16.3% BB. In 2008-2011, his K rate actually went up (edit, or stayed the same) with runners on.



   6. Joey B. Posted: October 08, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4259279)
I think they just wanted him to have some pitches before his (presumed) start on Tuesday.

I suppose they can always change their minds, but the last I heard is that Vogelsong is starting tomorrow.
   7. esseff Posted: October 08, 2012 at 03:11 PM (#4259281)
Lincecum last pitched on Sept. 30. I think they just wanted him to have some pitches before his (presumed) start on Tuesday.


No, it's Vogelsong on Tuesday.

Cain may go on three days Wednesday, if they're still playing, because of his low pitch count Saturday.

Thursday? Choices would be Lincecum, Zito, or MadBum on short rest. Short leash in any event. Or maybe they'll decide, since they have to win out anyway, to hold Cain out until he's had full rest. Like next spring.
   8. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: October 08, 2012 at 03:23 PM (#4259290)
Vintage Arroyo last night, with speeds and arm angles varying constantly. He's had a terrific comeback season after throwing bp in 2011.
   9. esseff Posted: October 08, 2012 at 06:24 PM (#4259580)
Giants announce Zito for Game 4, if there is one, and Cain for Game 5. Lincecum remains in pen.

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