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Lincecum should be career Giant; Pence heart of the club

By TED SILLANPAA I had a worse July and early August than the San Francisco Giants did. When I fell under the weather, it seemed as though the Giants could still get back into the playoff race. Clearly, my lingering ailment impacted my ability to think clearly. I think I wrote here that Tim Lincecum, Hunter Pence and reliever Javier Lopez have spots on the team that a winner needs done consistently well. A steady diet of Maalox, Tums and… Read More »

Lincecum as closer could solidify Giants’ pen

By TED SILLANPAA With the trade deadline nearing, teams are expressing interest in Giants’ starting pitcher Tim Lincecum — as a relief pitcher. The Tigers, reportedly, are one of many teams to have asked about Lincecum’s availability. Media members are quick to point out that Lincecum will be a free agent at the end of this season. Given his 2-year fall from Cy Young Award-level grace, it actually makes sense that some suggest the Giants consider trading Lincecum if they… Read More »

Lincecum proved we have no idea what Giants’ future holds

By TED SILLANPAA Tim Lincecum was supposed to be done. Finished. Media types insisted he belonged in the bullpen … many insisted he should be sent back to the minor leagues. And, lately, loads had the Giants dealing him at the trade deadline since he’ll be a free agent in the winter. Mostly, every writer and talking head who covers sports around here was sure that Tim Lincecum would never pitch another game like the Tim Lincecum who won back-to-back… Read More »

Giants can stay in playoff race until they get healthy

By TED SILLANPAA The Giants are 2 games off the lead in the NL West. Even with three of the top four hitters in the batting order out with injuries, they are in the thick of the race for a playoff spot. To be worried about the club on June 15 is absurd. To suggest that there’s a reason for major personnel moves or to question the talent in the farm system seems the sole province of Marty Lurie’s entertaining,… Read More »

Why Lincecum’s dominating out of the Giants bullpen

By TED SILLANPAA Tim Lincecum is particularly well suited to pitch in relief, under the intense pressure of the World Series. He’s got amazing confidence and a resilient arm. When he’s right, his three or four pitches can be unhittable. He’s a craftsman of the highest order. That’s how he won back to back Cy Young Awards. The Lincecum who struggled mightily in 2012 lost some confidence, obviously. He was pitching against the memory of the Cy Young Award-winning Lincecum. Starting… Read More »

Lincecum, Zito to open in NLCS pen

Saturday night: Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Saturday that Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito will both be available to pitch in relief during the first two games of the National League Championships Series against the Cardinals. The series begins Sunday at 5 p.m. Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain will start the first three games for San Francisco. The Game 4 starter will be determined based, in part, on how much Lincecum or Zito are needed in relief in… Read More »

Baseball gods show Reds are better than Giants

BY TED SILLANPAA The Giants were put in their place by the baseball gods Saturday night. Oh, don’t think the baseball gods aren’t aware that Giants’ fans had actually started to believe that the team was as good as its winning margin in the NL West seemed to indicate. They knew. The gods always know. The baseball gods showed Giants fans the flaws in their team in a 5-2 National League Division Series loss Saturday night … in San Francisco… Read More »

Huff on NLDS roster; Lincecum seems headed to pen

By TED SILLANPAA SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Giants will take 12 pitchers and veteran first baseman Aubrey Huff on the roster when the National League Division Series opens today against the Cincinnati Reds. Pitching coach Dave Righetti seemed to indicate that Tim Lincecum will be in the bullpen during the NLDS.  San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami reported that Righetti said Lincecum would be a key in the series “and it might not be just for one… Read More »

Giants playoff roster: How many pitchers?

By TED SILLANPAA The Giants had 11 pitchers and 14 position players on the 2010 postseason roster. There’s no reason to think the club won’t do roughly the same thing this fall. The only real question in 2010 was whether or not to carry Barry Zito on the postseason roster. It wasn’t so much a tough call based on his performance, but rather based on the reality that professional sports franchises don’t typically bench and embarrass their most highly-paid players.… Read More »

Giants dismiss idea of Melky’s return; 4th starter no easy decision

By TED SILLANPAA It’s really trendy for Giants fans and the media to poo-poo the notion of bringing left fielder Melky Cabrera back to the active roster if the club’s still alive in the playoffs when his drug suspension ends. Similarly, everybody has an opinion on whether Ryan Vogelsong or Barry Zito should be the fourth starter in the postseason. The Giants have decided that they’re finished with Cabrera, even if they’re still playing when his drug-related suspension ends. I… Read More »