One of the ugliest losses I've ever seen in person. Just total domination. That Brad Penny acquisition either needs to happen now, or we could have a seriously tough time with this wild card thing. It's obvious that Joe Martinez, after giving up 8 runs, is not a viable fifth starter at this time.
ESPN/Baseball Prospectus is now counting us out (insider required):
"...the Giants' remaining schedule is 20 points harder than that of any other NL contender, a consequence of their playing in what's surprisingly been the league's strongest division this year. This translates to a 12.2 percent chance of making the playoffs. Eighteen of their remaining 34 games come against contenders -- six apiece with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Rockies, including a three-game series with Colorado starting tonight, plus three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs. Not only are they 10-14 against their two NL West rivals, they've been outscored by 41 runs in those games."
These prospectus guys are all into Pythagorean theorems and quadrangle equations and whatnot, but I don't buy into all that the way some people do. Yes, the Giants have a difficult schedule and the Rockpile are kicking ass right now, but it comes down to pitching and execution. The Giants have shown that they can bounce back from just about anything. What we really need is for Lincecum to have a lights out start tonight against Colorado.
Cy Young Watch
It pains me to say it, but if Timmy doesn't go back to his lights out self for the rest of the year, he could be passed up by a couple of Cardinals for the Cy Young. The media has recently begun salivating over two St. Louis Cardinals and their impressive streaks. Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter have been otherworldly as of late, while Timmy has been simply great. With these two redbirds on the scene, great may not cut it. Let's hope Timmy gets back on track. Here's a look at the stats, it is an incredibly close race. Also amazing is how great a season Matt Cain has had.
If you cannot see the table below, click here. Trust me.
Other than the wins, Timmy leads in the most relevant categories. We'll just see if we can survive the media bias!
HAPPY LINCECUM DAY!
What a complete goofball --->