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Tim Lincecum silences catcalls, gets Giants closer to my dream World Series matchup.

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum can do whatever he wants.

If he wants to grow his hair so that it’s fourteen feet long, I’m into it—as long as he keeps winning.

Last night, Major League Baseball fans were treated to a semi-masterful performance by “The Freak” as he silenced the Phillie’s potent lineup for seven innings and struck out eight, including power-hitting first baseman Ryan Howard twice. For those not paying attention, Lincecum’s twenty-two strikeouts through his first two postseason starts ties a record set by the St. Louis Cardinals’ Bob Gibson way back in 1964. He’s also won seven of his last eight starts, including two postseason bids, a fitting cap to his unusually underwhelming 2010 regular season.

I couldn’t be more excited because I’ll be the first to admit it: I do not want another New York Yankees/Philadelphia Phillies matchup in the World Series.

I’ve been alive for twenty-five years and of those twenty-five years, the New York Yankees have appeared in the postseason fifteen times. Most of those appearances happened to occur during my formative years, and as someone from New Bedford, Massachusetts, I guess you could say I’m scarred. Knowing that the Yankees are an almost-lock to appear in the postseason means that there’s only three real postseason spots.

And recently, it seems, the Philadelphia Phillies have routinely occupied one of those three spots. It’s like Groundhog Day—things are predictable and boring and, as a result, I’m generally ho-hum about the postseason. Sure, a team like the Tampa Bay Rays pops in and makes its mark, but a year later, it’s the same old song and dance. It’s baseball’s version of a monopoly, and it makes for a poor experience for fans living outside of New York and Philadelphia.

So last night, I was dazzled, awed, even smitten, with Tim Lincecum’s performance. Even if he does look like a barely legal girl on the mound, I’ll latch onto anything he does, as long as it means that the Philadelphia Phillies don’t make the World Series and there’s still a chance of a Texas Rangers versus San Francisco Giants finale.

The television ratings would probably be lower than a Mormon’s blood alcohol level on a Sunday, but for me, the prospect of that matchup is exceedingly exhilarating.

Think about it: Tim Lincecum versus Cliff Lee in game one, C.J. Wilson versus Jonathan Sanchez in game two, Colby Lewis versus Matt Cain in game three, or some combination thereof. No, no pitcher tossed a postseason no-hitter, but that’s a damn good list of pitching matchups for die-hard baseball fans.

Something’s going to have to happen for this matchup to occur, however.

San Francisco’s offense is anemic. The Phillies’ big boppers haven’t gotten it going yet.

Add to that the relentless, unstoppable, just-when-you-think-you’ve-got-’em-they-beat-you New York Yankees, and my World Series dream matchup may be just that.

Still, I’ve got my fingers crossed.


Written by dylansharek

October 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm

L.A. Daily News: Deal Kershaw for Halladay. World: Learn baseball!

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The Los Angeles Daily New’s Tom Hoffarth wrote a piece a couple days ago called, “Thanks for all, Kershaw, but Dodgers now need a Halladay.” In it, Hoffarth chronicles the reasons the Dodgers shouldn’t hesitate to trade off their young lefty, Clayton Kershaw, for Toronto’s former-Cy Young and bonafide workhorse, Roy Halladay.

THINK/RESEARCH BEFORE YOU WRITE!If Hoffarth were a general manager, he’d be fired.

Hell, if Hoffarth’s editors even read what he wrote, he’d be fired.

At 21-years-old, Kershaw holds a 2.76 earned run average in just his second season in the majors. In the 21 games he’s started in 2009, he’s given up four or more earned runs only three times. All of those less-than-stellar outings occurred during the first month or so of the season.

Kershaw has recently been more consistent than the man Hoffarth argues he should be traded for. Over his last nine starts, Kershaw has allowed two or fewer earned runs. He is 5-0 with a 0.79 ERA during that stretch. He leads the National League in hits allowed per nine innings.

On April 15 of this season, Kershaw struck out 13 and walked just one in an outing against the San Francisco Giants. One long-time Dodger’s fan took it upon himself to research just how many other lefties had accomplished such a feat of domination. He found just 20 pitchers in the last 55 years, among them Koufax, Carlton, Johnson, Blue, Hamels, Santana, Lolich, and Guidry; pitchers recognizable by last names only.

And while it’s always difficult to predict someone’s career based on one performance, it certainly appears that Kershaw may have a few more good seasons under his belt.

Kershaw is under control for the next two seasons at the low renewal price of approximately $400 thousand. He’s then under arbitration control for the next three, meaning he’ll be 26-years-old until he commands big money for the first time.

Roy Halladay, on the other hand, is already 32-years-old. His ability to eat innings with extreme effectiveness certainly makes him valuable to any team, but next year he will earn at least $15.25 million. It’s going to take a hell of a lot more than that to retain him any further than 2010.

For 3% of Roy Halladay’s contract, would giving up Clayton Kershaw be worth it?

1+ year of Halladay ≠ 5 years of Kershaw.

$15.25 million for a year or so.

$15.25 million for a year or so.

Cheap for five seasons.

On the cheap for five seasons.

Is the Tiger’s Rick Porcello better than Justin Verlander?

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I think so.

After his great ’06 and ’07, Justin Verlander was the poster boy of the Detroit Tigers. But last year, the fireballer took a step back when instead of pitching, he simply threw. And anyone knows that someone who pitches beats someone that throws. Just ask the Washington National’s Daniel Cabrera.

Well Detroit, there’s a new face for your pitching staff.

I've got my bets on Rick.

Last night, the Detroit Tiger’s Rick Porcello won his first major league game after shutting down the Seattle Mariners for 7 innings. He only struck out three, but he also walked none.

Porcello is the Tiger’s top prospect. He draws comparisons to both Josh Beckett and Roy Halladay (to Beckett because of his advanced skills and to Halladay for his body and pitching style). Here’s his scouting report:

  • Fastball: Can reach 97 mph.
  • 2-Seamer: Perhaps his best pitch, it ranges from 92-95 mph with great action, especially against righties.
  • Changeup: Is not afraid to use it in any count.
  • Curve: It’s a work in progress, but he’s demonstrated an ability to throw it for strikes. It’s of the 12-to-6 variety.

In his two games this year, Porcello’s demonstrated a veteran ability to get out of jams with the strikeout and also to control the strikezone. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make strides towards becoming the Tiger’s new ace.