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  1. This is probably less about Lincecum and more about not putting a rook in a game 163. That said, Timmy seems to have “refound it” as of late.

    It’s a shame if either the Pads or the Giants miss the playoffs, but I’d also like to see Cox get one last run with the Bravos.

    Comment by ToddM — September 28, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

  2. I’d like to see the Giants and Padres make it. The Braves just aren’t playing that well right now (about .500 over the last month and a half) and with their injuries and struggling rotation, it seems like they’d get eliminated fairly easily. On the other hand, watching the Phillies rotation against the Padres offense would be brutal.

    Comment by Scott — September 28, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

  3. Lincecum’s been pitching on another level this month. Insanely dominant.

    Comment by bender — September 28, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

  4. “While their ERA are nearly identical (Lincecum sits at 3.51, Garland at 3.58) the Giants would have the edge there, as Lincecum’s 3.24 xFIP is considerably superior to Garland’s 4.42.”

    Does that really matter? The Giants still have to beat Garland and the Padres defense. Not just Garland.

    Comment by Marc — September 28, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

  5. Lets not forget how awesome MadBum has been… and his fastball keeps getting faster… at 20, any chance he picks up a few more ticks to 96-97 (he hits 94 consistently right now)?

    Comment by Giants 162-0 — September 28, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

  6. This is almost as likely as your name.

    Comment by Max — September 28, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

  7. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bumgarner picks up a few ticks each year for the next dozen or so years. 120 mph could happen.

    Comment by Mike — September 28, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

  8. And here I was thinking that 175 was a conservative prediction

    Comment by Nick — September 28, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

  9. I think the Pads have even a worse record than the Braves over the last 45 games or so. It would be an upset if either made it past the first round.

    Comment by DonDraper — September 28, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

  10. I see a crowdsourcing idea….

    Comment by Daniel Leroux — September 29, 2010 @ 1:28 am

  11. Sure could use 2 starts from Lincecum this week.

    Comment by Jake — September 29, 2010 @ 1:48 am

  12. I don’t get this. Why prep Lincecum for a potential Game 163 when pitching him earlier could prevent the need for one? Throw Zito against AZ on regular rest, then Timmy, Cain, Sanchez against SD; winning a game against the Pads is more important than winning one against the DBacks. It makes more sense to put your best out there for the games that will happen no matter what; this sounds like resting your A squad in the last game with a one-game lead to prep them for a one-game playoff, when playing them in the last game means no playoff.

    Comment by quincy0191 — September 29, 2010 @ 3:17 am

  13. Nope — Sidd FInch, at 160, is the highest anyone can go ;-)

    Comment by A DC Wonk — September 29, 2010 @ 10:47 am

  14. “On the other hand, if the Giants find themselves needing to win on Sunday in order to reach the postseason, then Lincecum could come back on short rest in order to ensure their best chance at victory.”

    Bumping Tim up also positions them to bring him back on short rest to win the reg season and prevent a playoff game. It means they can bring him back on 4 days rest instead of 3.

    Comment by Bless Your Hart — September 29, 2010 @ 11:20 am

  15. Some of the difference between ERA and FIP or xFIP can be attributed to defense, but some of it is also luck (or whatever you want to call it).

    Comment by Tree — September 29, 2010 @ 11:56 am

  16. Also, park factors. ATT is neutral overall, but PETCO’s the most extreme pitcher’s park around.

    Comment by Bhaakon — September 29, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

  17. You want your ace set up to pitch Game 163 if possible because that way, if it’s not ultimately necessary, he is available to start Game 1 of the playoffs. If you throw him in Game 162, he cannot pitch Game 1 unless on short rest.

    Comment by Paul Thomas — September 30, 2010 @ 4:42 am

  18. Where is Dave Cameron for his Timmy crow eating?

    Anyone want to post all of lincecum’s september peripherals?

    Comment by Nick — September 30, 2010 @ 4:48 am

  19. That can’t be right. Dave Cameron told me he’s broken.

    Comment by Saint — September 30, 2010 @ 7:34 am

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