Found June 22, 2012 on Seed Spitters:
Between worrying about Tim Lincecum‘s performances, the recovery of a “heavier” Pablo Sandoval, the joys of watching Matt Cain pitch perfectly or Melky Cabrera move into third in the National League for starting outfielder in this summer’s All-Star game, I’ve decided to shed some light on the future of the Giants organization. Before this season, I was excited about the developments of Joe Panik, Gary Brown, and Heath Hembree. Now almost two months into it, my excitement has somewhat diminished. Sure, I am excited to have a future all-star center fielder with “all the tools” in Brown, but after a rough two months, his development might take a little longer than I initially anticipated. Brown, 23, so far has been okay. Not great, not terrible. Okay. The only problem with that is the Giants didn’t draft him to be “okay,” they drafted him to become the future all-star talent of the San Francisco Giants. Here is what he has done so far:  Gary Brown #14 Center Field .242/.316/.306 (ouch,...

SF Giants Rumors: Another Series Loss, Huff DL, Cains Perfect Game

First Seattle, and now Anaheim. The San Francisco Giants have lost back-to-back series to American League teams on the road. Next up for the Giants is the Athletics in Oakland.   Infielder Aubrey Huff is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, but manager Bruce Bochy isn’t going to guarantee he’d rejoin the team that day. Perfect Game Matt Cain‘s hat, cleats, game...

Postgame Wrap: Tim Lincecum Pitches Poorly, Then Well, Answers No Questions

There was a point last year when Tim Lincecum would start games and look pretty bad. Keep in mind, this is back when Lincecum was generally a really good pitcher. Still, he had a tendency to give up a couple hits or walks before he got a good command of the strike zone and truly settle in. Typically at that point he’d be in great shape, but it led to quite a few antsy first innings...

Lincecum's father lashes out

Prior to this season San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum was about as close to a sure bet as you could find in Major League Baseball. Over the last four seasons he averaged 244 strikeouts with a 2.82 ERA and 15 wins. He was named to the All-Star team each year, led the [...]

Once again, one bad inning ruins a Lincecum outing

Three consecutive singles. Two walks sandwiched around a defensive misplay. Then three consecutive strikeouts. That's how San Francisco Giants right-handerTim Lincecum gave up three first-inning runs Friday at Oakland. Weird inning in a weird game in a weird season for the two-time Cy Young Award winner. Lincecum followed up a sloppy first inning with five hitless innings...

Lincecum working every angle to figure out funk

Tim Lincecum looks back at his extreme, 30-pound weight loss before this season and wishes he had approached it all differently. He says he dropped it too fast, taking drastic measures. All because the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner didn't feel right at the 190 pounds he reached in 2011 eating whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. The thing is, he was still winning then...

Daily Notes | Tim Lincecum's Season Turns Around Tonight

Tim Lincecum is 2-8. He has not won since April 28. His team has lost 9 straight games he has started. He has an ERA over 6.00. He has a career worse 4.8 walks per 9 innings. His average fastball velocity is lower than ever. Tim Lincecum is also 28. He has won two Cy Young Awards. He is striking out more than a batter per inning this season. He and the team claim that he is healthy...

Giants 5, Athletics 4

Brandon Belt hit a tying two-run double and scored on Hector Sanchez's single during a four-run ninth inning, and the San Francisco Giants rallied past the Bay Area rival Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Friday night. Ryan Cook (2-2) walked Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval on nine pitches to open the final inning. Belt sliced a double down the left-field line just out of the reach of...

Giants 9, Athletics 8

Brandon Belt hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, Buster Posey added a two-run drive in the seventh, and the San Francisco Giants backed Madison Bumgarner's fourth straight win with just enough offense, holding on for a 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday. A night after the Giants rallied in the ninth inning to win 5-4 in the opener of the second...

Postgame Wrap: Three Balls, One Strike

4, 2, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 0, 6, 0, 6, 10, 3, 4, 4, 1, 5, 5, 0. Those are the total runs scored by the Giants in each game they’ve played since the beginning of June. Before today’s game the Giants were averaging 4.01 runs per game, which is just below the league average of 4.17. They had an OPS+ of 101, and had managed to scrape together a perfectly cromulent offense. Weird. Except...

Several '11 All-Stars are floundering

Tim Lincecum is not alone. Sure, the Giants' foundering ace is the most obvious example of year-to-year All-Star regression, but plenty more 2011 All-Stars have struggled to repeat their success. It was only last July that Lincecum arrived at the Midsummer Classic as a National League selection for the fourth straight season. He was a defending World Series champion, too, en...

2012 Fantasy Baseball, Week 12: Buy Low On Lincecum, Sell High on LaHair

Tim Lincecum (credits below) I won’t be doing the self-rating this week. It will be an every-other week thing, so that it doesn’t become redundant.

Sell High: Bryan LaHair

One of the nice surprises of 2012 has been Bryan LaHair, who has both invigorated Cubs fans and infuriated them. LaHair has provided the Cubs with the dilemma of whether to sell on LaHair to make...
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