Found August 15, 2012 on
SF Giants Nirvana:
Tim Lincecum’s outing started in typically rough fashion today, as the Nationals tagged him for two runs in the first inning, and worked up his pitch count to 38. He was actually pretty sharp at times in today’s start, but by the end of the fourth inning, he was in the midst of his third go-round at the Nationals’ lineup and already up near 100 pitches. So that would do it for him.
There’s no question that today was all about Melky. But had Lincecum pitched well, and the Giants won this game (and the series), it would have been a heck of a lot easier to forget about Melky, even if only for a while. Today’s game was especially painful because five of Lincecum’s six second-half starts had been good — one more start like the one he had on July 14th, and I probably would have been ready to toss aside any concerns about Lincecum. Should we be as concerned about Lincecum as before?
In the later innings of this one, it looked like the Giants might be able to put together a comeback. They had runners on second and third with no outs in the eighth, but only managed to score one run. And in the ninth, when Pablo Sandoval appeared to have popped out to end the game, the ball dropped and Hector Sanchez came around to score. Suddenly, the Giants had Buster Posey up at the plate, representing the tying run.
And he struck out. And they lost. And that’s just how it goes sometimes.
There are a few silver linings though (not that they outweigh today’s unfortunate news). Among them:
- The Giants scored four runs on a day that Stephen Strasburg started against them.
- Brandon Crawford reached base a couple of times, and has now hit safely in eight consecutive games.
- Gregor Blanco, taking over in left field for Melky, had a multi-hit game. He had gone 21 at-bats without a hit before his single in the sixth inning.
- Pablo Sandoval went two for four with a walk.
Tomorrow’s a new day. A day off, in fact. Much needed.
BEST OF MAXIM
Major League Baseball suspended Melky Cabrera for 50 games after he tested positive for testosterone, a substance banned under the league’s Joint Drug Policy. The suspension is immediate, meaning Cabrera won’t be seen in the orange and black, patrolling left field and accumulating hits, for the rest of the season. After their loss yesterday to the Nationals, coupled with the...
During a season in which he leads the National League with 159 hits and is second in batting average, Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games without pay for testing positive for testosterone.The suspension means that Cabrera will miss the remainder of the regular season plus playoff games or the first games of next year.In a statement, Cabrera said that he...
SAN FRANCISCO -- In what might be the most significant drug-related suspension since Major League Baseball implemented its current program in 2005, San Francisco Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games Wednesday for failing a drug test. The loss of Cabrera, who was leading the major leagues in hits with 159 and was named Most Valuable Player of the All-Star...
The San Francisco Giants learned on Wednesday that they will be without the services of Melky Cabrera for the remainder of the season and start of the playoffs. Cabrera has been suspended by MLB for testing positive for testosterone. Cabrera was having one of his best seasons as a pro, appearing in his first all-star [...]
As you know by now, Melky Cabrera failed a drug test and was suspended for 50 games yesterday for using synthetic testosterone during the best season of his career. Cabrera will miss the rest of the Giants’ regular season, but he’s already been worth 4.5 WAR to the Giants, and some people within the game are grumbling that a mere 50 game suspension isn’t enough of a deterrent...
San Francisco Giants cheater Melky Cabrera is suspended for 50 games for testosterone use -- the rest of the season and then some -- while he sits in second place behind Pittsburgh Pirates center...
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The Giants took it on the chin Tuesday night, losing 14-2 to the Nationals. But that didn’t stop catcher Buster Posey from adding to the spectacular numbers he’s posted since the All-Star break: .457/.531/.787 with seven doubles and eight home runs in 113 plate appearances. His wRC+ over that time is an astounding 248. Simply put, he’s been the best hitter in baseball in the...
I wonder if he still gets to keep the car. For San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, 2012 has been a career-year. Things changed on Wednesday, however, after Cabrera was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after failing a drug test. Cabrera tested positive for testosterone which will cause the All-Star to miss the remaining 45 games of the regular season and possibly...
Ben and Sam discuss how they came to know that Melky Cabrera was about to be suspended for a positive PED test before the news broke, and how they decided what to do about it.
Effectively Wild Episode 22: "Why BP Didn't Break the Melky Cabrera Suspension"
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Melky Cabrera is just the latest in what will eventually be a long line of steroid users in baseball. It has been, is now and always will be the ruination of baseball.
There are those in the sports community, fans and writers alike, who believe naively or in a deluded fashion that steroid use in baseball is mainly confined to the "steroid era." There are those who...
Comcast Sports Net Baseball Analyst Bip Roberts joins Fox Sports Tonight to tralk about San Francisco Giants Outfielder Melky Cabrera's recent suspension.
You want my thoughts on Melky?
He let us all down. Plain and simple.
You remember this strip? I truly meant the words in the blog post I wrote after it, when Melky and the other Giants at the All-Star Game ruled. They backed up us fans backing them up.
The past few days is the opposite of that. Now, again, the sports world simply hates Giants fans, and for now the stupid...
The past 24 hours have not been without event for the Washington Nationals. The Stephen Strasburg inning limit discussion has reached a fever pitch not in DC, but nationwide. In their final game in against the San Francisco Giants this regular season, one of the Giants’ best players, Melky Cabrera, was suspended for 50 games for taking Testosterone, a performance-enhancing drug...