As I guessed…

The Pablo-as-backup-catcher experiement didn’t last long. After Tuesday night’s game, Alex Hinshaw’s been sent down and Steve Holm was called up.  I think having the backup catcher provides much more flexibility than having 12 pitchers- there were several situations over this homestand where Bengie Molina got on base late in the game but they couldn’t pinch run for him. Well, now they can. If the starting pitching can remain consistent, I think they can get by with 11 pitchers.

While on the subject of pitching, the Giants also adjusted the pitching rotation to a slightly modified five-man format. With the two off days this week, Jonathan Sanchez will be skipped and be available for long relief.

So this weekend against Arizona, instead of Sanchez/Lincecum/Johnson, it will be Lincecum/Johnson/Cain.  Sanchez presumably will rejoin the rotation with the second Dodgers game on 4/28. I think this is a good move for a few reasons:

  • Sanchez has pitched relief before so it shouldn’t be a big deal
  • Lincecum can now pitch the last game against the Dodgers on 4/29
  • The pitch counts for the starters have been relatively low thus far
  • Any chance you get to give your top starters an extra start while still giving them normal rest, you gotta do it.

So, good move, Bruce Bochy- hope it works out.

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This post was written by Hank on April 22, 2009

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Tilt, Dangle, and Reach

I usually don’t read ESPN The Magazine, but if you’re a fan of Tim Lincecum, you just might want to pick up the March 9 edition as he’ll be on the cover:

Big league scouts told Tim Lincecum he was too small to succeed. Fantasy owners passed him over because they weren’t sure he’d hold up with that crazy motion. But he has news for all of ‘em: it wasn’t magic dust that helped him win the Cy Young Award

The online version of the article also features some home video of him pitching in high school. Read the full article (by Tim Keown)

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This post was written by Hank on March 3, 2009


Tim and The Thrill to Appear at Giants FanFest

The Giants released the details of this year’s FanFest a few days ago. This year’s KNBR 680/Giants Winter FanFest will be held at AT&T Park on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT. Admission is free, but fans are encouraged to donate to the Giants Community Fund at the door.

The most notable guests will be Tim Lincecum and The Thrill himself, Will Clark. Also, individual game tickets will go on sale at the ticket windows starting at 9AM.

The complete list of Giants guests scheduled to attend FanFest besides Lincecum and Clark include Jeremy Affeldt, Vida Blue, Bruce Bochy, John Bowker, Emmanuel Burriss, Matt Cain, Orlando Cepeda, Jesse English, Tim Flannery, Dave Flemming, Kevin Frandsen, Mark Gardner, Alex Hinshaw, Steve Holm, Bob Howry, Randy Johnson, Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper, Carney Lansford, Fred Lewis, Joseph Martinez, Osiris Matos, Jon Miller, Pat Misch, Dave Righetti, Dave Roberts, Ryan Rohlinger, Sergio Romo, Brian Sabean, Billy Sadler, Jonathan Sanchez, Nate Schierholtz, Lon Simmons, J.T. Snow, Jack Taschner, Brian Wilson, Ron Wotus, Keiichi Yabu and Barry Zito.

Read the full press release

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This post was written by Hank on January 20, 2009

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Tim Lincecum MLB 2K9 Promo Video

2K Sports is releasing its widely popular game MLB 2K9 on March 2, 2009. To prepare for the game’s launch, 2K Sports has released a short promo video featuring 2008 NL Cy Young Winner Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants.

It reminds me of those ESPN commercials with the various athletes in the office. The part when he hands over the mouse is the best.

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This post was written by Hank on January 17, 2009

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Tim Lincecum on Pitching Mechanics

Tim Lincecum follow-up interview at the MLB Network studios, this time focusing on his mechanics. He breaks down his approach and his motion, and offers some insights on how he can get such velocity from such a small body. I’m no pitching coach, so I’ll just let the video speak for itself.

Tim Lincecum’s Mechanics

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This post was written by Hank on January 10, 2009

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MLB Network Interviews Tim Lincecum

Giants hurler Tim Lincecum was recently invited to the new MLB Network studios for an interview with Harold Reynolds and Victor Rojas.  Some major points I remembered:

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This post was written by Hank on January 10, 2009

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