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All-Star in Lincecum?
Posted By Chris Tolbert On Jun 23 2011 @ 9:25 pm In San Francisco Giants | No Comments
Alright, the first game of the series was just flat out horrible for Madison Bumgarner who did give up 9 hits before two outs which was a modern Major League Baseball record. However, the Giants, like only the Giants can do, get back up, dust off their shoulders, and just play ball. Last night, Eli Whiteside had one of his better games with a two-run triple and an RBI single for the Giants. But today, shows Giants fans why Tim Lincecum will probably be an all-star.
He won’t just be an all-star because of his numbers, but Bruce Bochy is the National League manager for the All-Star game. Now, Cain in my opinion will be an all-star for this reason as well, but he is 6-4 with a 3.44 era, so he will be an all-star. Wilson, the Giants closer will definitely be an all-star, I mean let’s be honest, his commercials are good enough for him to be an all-star. Now here’s where it gets interesting, we all know the usuals will be in the all-star game among pitchers, except Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals, who is 1-7 with a 3.40 era. So that takes one pitcher off, yet Cliff Lee is back from the American League, hence he’ll be an all-star. I would say there is a decent chance that Ryan Volgesong will be an all-star this season with Bochy being the manager his chances remain high, and the only problem is he hasn’t pitched enough innings as of yet to be considered the ERA leader, but with more starts he’ll get there. So in my final analysis, Lincecum, Cain, and Wilson are going to be all-stars this season, with Volgesong in contention if someone gets injured before the all-star game.
Today’s game featured the two-time Cy Young Award winner at his best, 12 strikeouts in 7 innings against the Twins lineup. Giants’ fans, breathe, he’s back. Honestly he was going to come out of it because he had went too many starts without a quality start. Now he went through this in August and you saw what he did in the postseason. He won’t be winning any Cy Young Award this season, but he’s still who you want in a series clinching game. Baseball is a long season, it just keeps going and going, and things don’t always go your way, but if a player is in the prime of his career he’ll perform to the back of his baseball card. No real worries anyway, with being a half game out of first place and your two best offensive players are done for the season (Sanchez is in rehab), but as long as our pitchers stay healthy the Giants are favorites to repeat. They go through the season like a playoff game, tight, low-scoring, and a grind until the end. That’s why Duane Kuiper touted the phrase, “Giants baseball, Torture!” Keep this in mind, the Giants are 20-11 in one run games this season, so the Giants will be ready for the stretch run in September, but can they get through the dog days of summer with this lineup?
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