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.
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
Nope — Sidd FInch, at 160, is the highest anyone can go ;-)
Comment by A DC Wonk — September 29, 2010 @ 10:47 am
“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
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).
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
Where is Dave Cameron for his Timmy crow eating?
Anyone want to post all of lincecum’s september peripherals?