The Giants just finished off being swept in Arizona, as Matt Cain couldn’t hold a six-run lead, Jeremy Affeldt couldn’t earn his salary, and Buster Posey couldn’t deliver a game-winning hit for the second time in the series. The Giants are 0-3, last
in the division. Excuse me, but someone needs to tell the Giants the games count now. Brandon Crawford, a glove-first shortstop last season, has already made two game-changing errors, and the pitching has failed to live up to any of the hype that had so many pundits picking the Giants to win the West.
Zito heads out to Colorado to try and stop the skid. Good luck with that.
UPDATE: Guess I should be dismissive of Zito’s chances to win more often. ;-)
4-hit shutout? Unbelievable. Good for him. Good for the Giants.
UPDATE, Part II: Is something going on with Lincecum? Rob Neyer details the pitcher’s surprising decline since his Cy Young days:
…. Lincecum finished (spring training) with the Giants’ third-best strikeout-to-walk ratio, behind Bumgarner and Cain, and the Giants’ third-best home-run ratio, behind Bumgarner and Cain. Based purely on last season, we might have guessed that Lincecum actually entered this season as the Giants’ third-best starting pitcher. Based purely on this March, we might have guessed that Lincecum actually entered this season as the Giants’ third-best starting pitcher.
Also in the piece is some data stating that Lincecum’s velocity is down all the way to 90.
His strikeout/walk data seems to clearly show him losing velocity and command since ’08. That worries me. I’m not panicking, but I’m worried.