It is with great regret that I say this, but there is very little to be happy about at this current juncture. Tim Lincecum will probably not win the Cy Young award for the second year in a row.
Is he deserving of it and should he win? Hell yeah he should.
The problem is a lack of wins. As I wrote in this August 28th post, Timmy being Timmy may not cut it this year-- and it's not his fault.
Chris Carpenter/Adam Wainwright seem to have a leg up right now, and a lot of it has to do with the team they play on rather than them having "blow-you-away" stats. The Cardinals are simply a better team. They've won more games, they've scored more runs. It's that simple.
Carpenter: 187.2 IP, 16-4, 2.30 ERA, 138 K, 1.07 WHIP, 6.62 K/9
Lincecum : 218.1 IP, 14-7, 2.47 ERA, 254 K, 1.09 WHIP, 10.47 K/9
Wainwright: 219 IP, 18-8, 2.59 ERA, 193 K, 1.21 WHIP, 7.93 K/9
It truly is an unbelievably close race, and everyone knows which horse we're pulling for. Timmy's numbers are overall the best I think, especially because of his cartoonish strikeout totals. It's all up to the writers though, and I think the sob story of Carpenter returning to prominent dominance following 2 years of injuries will tear-jerk them into a vote for Carp. Timmy has one more start this season, so the lineup gets one more chance to pick up their ace. Don't hold your breath.
This could've all been avoided though...
IF THE GIANTS COULD SCORE SOME GODDAMN RUNS FOR THIS GUY IN SEPTEMBER!
Friday's offensive performance was downright offensive. Getting two measly hits off Z and 1 measly walk is just a total joke. Zambrano is a guy who allows nearly 1.5 baserunners per inning on the season! We get three in the whole effing game. Typical.
All while Timmy is out there pitching his can off, dog-tired, and in need of a pick-me-up.
And while I'm on the subject of offensive offense, we can all put this effing stat in our collective pipe and smoke it:
Randy Winn, a guy who has taken the majority of his at bats in 2009 in the 3rd spot (inexplicably) in the order, has... wait for it....
Two home runs.
Carlos Zambrano has four home runs in 2009.
Yes. That Carlos Zambrano. Carlos Zambrano the pitcher. The guy who hits 9th and isn't supposed to hit .160. I am ashamed right now.
And to top it off, Bochy has continually defended putting Randy Winn in the 3rd spot all year. The order disorder has gone on all season. Although Bochy has gotten unbelievably far with the tools he was given for his lineup, the continual unwillingness to rid the lineup of Renteria and Winn (and even Rowand) all year probably cost us 5 games. Guess how many games we're behind Colorads right now.
Here's another stat to smoke in your pipe.
Randy Winn hit .212 this season in the 3rd spot of the lineup. That is the lowest average of any spot in the order this year in which he's had 10 or more at bats. I'm sorry. I have to make a spreadsheet of this. Indulge me and click here please. This is too appalling. Just do it.
And it's about goddamn time Buster Posey got a friggin start. What's the plan for next year, huh? Is Posey or is Posey not the future catcher of this organization? Are you going to start the season next year with Eli Whiteside and Steve Holm as your catching tandem? Get Posey as much big league experience as possible while he's up here. How effing hard is that to understand? If he doesn't start the rest of the Giants' remaining games, I'm going to put my head through the drywall. You've gotta be kidding me. Sit Bengie's ass down permanently. It's been a nice run Big Money, and you carried us through some dark times, but I'm tired of your ways, and you are no longer part of this team. Good bye and good luck.
In fact, while I'm on this angry rant, goodbye Randy Winn, Randy Johnson, and Rich Aurilia. Three great guys, three washed up ballplayers.
God. Sorry. I needed to get that out there.
PS: Mike Krukow said Vespas were cool during the 5th inning. I used to respect him 100%. Now it's at 99.5%. Don't ever say that again Krook. Also. Congrats to Matt Cain for winning the Willie Mac award.
I've gotta sleep this off. Later.