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  1. “This hasn’t been Lincecum’s finest season, nor has he been the best pitcher on the Giants.” Huh??? Is Brian Wilson better?

    Comment by JP — October 1, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

  2. Don’t the Giants play the Phillies if the Braves take the WC and the Reds have a better record?

    Comment by Boomer — October 1, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

  3. I’d argue that this season, Cain has been the more reliable overall. If not for his horrible August, Timmy would’ve been the best by a mile this year…

    Comment by richard — October 1, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

  4. Yes, but the Reds won’t have a better record.

    Phils – Reds
    Giants – Braves

    That’s how it’s going to shake out.

    Comment by richard — October 1, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

  5. Really hoping to see an NL series between the Giants and the Phils. A Phils and Giants series will likely by very low scoring, solid defense, we’ll see some young guys on the Giants, some guys like Halladay that have never been in the playoffs before, just lots of good story lines and some really really good NL baseball.
    I’m indifferent with respect to the Reds, but I hate the Braves — Bobby Cox can go into some retirement home and whine about the maintenence staff for all I care. Giants vs Phils in the NLCS would be a really great match up.

    Comment by Alec — October 1, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

  6. not that it matters much, but Bumgarner is 21.

    also, the Giants are just the type of organization to go with experience over results, I’d be quite surprised if they went with Sanchez or Bumgarner over Zito.

    Comment by GiantsFan14 — October 1, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

  7. Even with his down year, Timmy has still been a better pitcher overall than Cain.

    Comment by marcello — October 1, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

  8. Well, we’ll be happy to stomp all over you in the NLDS, so that you don’t have to see too much of Bobby. How does a sweep sound?

    Comment by Anon21 — October 1, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

  9. The fat lady hasn’t sung yet.

    Comment by Matt — October 1, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

  10. Bumgarner is 2nd on the Giants in ERA and 2nd in xFIP. He should be the game 2 starter if the Giants were smart, but instead they are dumb led by a dumb GM and dumb manager.

    Comment by pm — October 1, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

  11. One thing I expect they’ll consider is Bumgarner’s age. He’s only 21 and he’s put a lot of innings on his arm this year. That won’t be a primary concern when you’re talking about playoffs, but might be a sort of tie-breaker consideration between him and Sanchez. I’d expect to see him in the ‘pen.

    Comment by pitnick — October 1, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

  12. ya they’re just so stupid for running out lincecum and cain 1-2, what a horrible run team

    Comment by Brendan — October 1, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

  13. Wait so who is better than Tim Lincecum on the Giants staff? Is there really a pitcher you’d rather throw against another teams ace than Big Time Timmy Jim?

    Comment by TexasRanger — October 1, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

  14. Anon21 — are you a player on the braves? I’ve always found the use of “we’ll” when describing ones team to be a bit lame, but whatever. You have to admit Bobby Cox is fine if you are a Braves fan, but if you aren’t then he gets really annoying always whining about bad bounces, poor umpiring, unfair stadiums (as if his team doesn’t bat in the same stadium…just dumb), etc.

    Comment by Alec — October 1, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

  15. I’m not the biggest Sabean fan because of some of his signings over the years (Zito, Rowand, Renteria), but let’s give the guy some credit. He drafted Timmy, Cain, Madbum, Sanchez, Wilson, and of course Posey. He signed Huff and Burrell. He gave Torres a chance. And while the Freddy Sanchez trade hasn’t been great, he has produced and played excellent D when healthy.

    Plus, using a strictly by the numbers approach to a human game doesn’t always work out perfectly. I’m all for advanced metrics (I’m commenting on fangraphs, after all), but to say that Bumgarner should be the game two starter is ridiculous. Remember when the Cardinals threw Rick Ankiel in Game 1 of the playoffs a few years back? How’d that work out? I love Bumgarner and I think he’s a mentally tough kid, but do you really think he’ll do better in a situation like that than Cain and Sanchez?

    Comment by Matt — October 1, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

  16. It’s a pretty normal convention; sorry you don’t like it.

    And as for Bobby, all I know is that he’s a great player’s manager. If he has to blame the stadium or the umps so as to keep his guys from hearing a negative word escape his lips, that’s just him doing his job.

    Comment by Anon21 — October 1, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

  17. They could tho, if the Giants lose 3, then win the tie braking game, while the Reds sweep this weekend.

    Comment by Mike — October 1, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

  18. The only way the Reds will finish with a better record than the Giants is if the former wins out and the later loses out then wins the play-in game. Possibly, but a very long shot.

    Comment by Bhaakon — October 1, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

  19. Normally, I’d agree, but the Giants have been very willing to bounce Zito’s starts around the last week. It’s a strong indication of where they rank him in the rotation.

    Comment by Bhaakon — October 1, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

  20. “Big Time Timmy Jim? And I thought “Cainer” was lame.

    Clearly the all important ranking of nickname quality demands a Dirty Sanchez-MadBum 1-2 punch.

    Comment by Bhaakon — October 1, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

  21. I would hope the SFGiants go:

    Game 1: Timmy
    Game 2: Cain
    Game 3: MadBum or Dirty (please no Zito)
    Game 4: Timmy (on 3 days rest)
    Game 5: Cain (on full rest)

    You get your two big guns out there for 4/5 games, only once needing to throw someone out on short rest. Also, because of days off, you can get Timmy back for Game 1 of the NLCS on full rest. Cain can then go game 3 of NLCS on five days rest, and be ready to come back for game 7 on full rest again.

    I know it is looking far into the future, but I see no reason not to plan ahead (and then you can always switch around as needed if a series ends in less than 5 or 7). Max the usage of your top guns, esp when all it does is require one of them to start one time on short rest.

    Is this too video-gameish? Would real world teams/managers not consider this?

    Comment by Buster Posey — October 1, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

  22. I’m guessing you haven’t seen the ESPN commercial…

    Comment by richard — October 1, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

  23. Just relax watching music video

    Comment by Lyrictube — October 3, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

  24. Does anyone understand the TV packages for the playoffs? What should I do without TBS? Any suggestions/plans?

    Comment by lucask7 — October 4, 2010 @ 10:26 am

  25. go to the bar and flirt with the bartender while you watch

    Comment by adohaj — October 4, 2010 @ 11:02 am

  26. last year, and i assume it’s about the same this year, MLB.TV playoff package gave access to as many as 4 camera angles (out of about 8 choices) at once, but NOT the TBS/Fox feeds. you can listen via the home or away radio call while watching the 4 cameras and get a pretty good visual sense of the game. it’s different, but works fine and you get to see the between innings happenings from strange angles, which i actually enjoyed.

    you can watch the TBS/Fox feeds on archive if you’re patient and don’t check any news sites.

    Comment by mlb rep — October 4, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

  27. that only works in SF…

    Comment by i'm_freaky — October 4, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

  28. Yeehaw. I JUST plunked down money better spent elsewhere for MLB Postseason. I’d forgotten that wonderful camera angle selection, and how frankly annoyed I was by it. It still seemed limiting, and subpar to regular season camera coverage.

    I can do the patience/no news sites angle. I started watching the last Giants/DiamondBLANKS series the day after it ended. Those games were of the type that filled you with false hope which was then dashed and subsequently revived by the Padres.

    What comes next in that horrific cycle? Oh yeah.

    P.S. Bhaakon is a McCoven.
    They don’t watch ESPN, they have more self respect than that.

    Comment by Victor Frankenstein — October 4, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

  29. Fascinating column , I am going to spend much more time reading about this subject

    Comment by Etta Osucha — November 4, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

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