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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┬áthree 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 »

Running into out at home, playing back cost Tigers dearly

BY TED SILLANPAA The Tigers made two strategic decisions that, while not completely unreasonable, didn’t make much sense. Those decisions sent the World Series back to Detroit with the Giants leading 2-0. First, it’s a cardinal sin at every level of baseball to run into the first out of an inning at third base or at home plate. Watching the replay a dozen times doesn’t help explain why Detroit third base coach Gene Lamont waved Prince Fielder to the plate… Read More »

Giants have to plan for World Series DH: Huff? Sandoval?

BY TED SILLANPAA The Giants’ lack run-producing bats on the bench becomes an issue now that they’ll be using the designated hitter against the Tigers when the World Series moves to Detroit. There’s no clear way for the club to best address the issue of filling the DH role. There are a few alternatives: 1. Use Pablo Sandoval as the designated hitter and benefit from the improved defense that Joaquin Arias provides at third base. The problem? How will the… Read More »

Aces set for World Series Game 1: Verlander vs. … Zito?

BY TED SILLANPAA First World Series game I saw featured Whitey Ford against Sandy Koufax in the shadows at Yankee Stadium in 1963. In 1968, I watched 30-game winner Denny McLain face Bob Gibson. I never thought I’d see the likes of those matchups again. Never figured I’d see a mound duel that captures America’s attention like either those did in Fall Classic play past. I was wrong. The Detroit Tigers will send the best pitcher in baseball, Justin Verlander,… Read More »