August 7, 2007 § Leave a comment
Tonight on August the 7th 2007 Barry Bonds has passed the great Hank Aaron as the all time homerun leader. As I watched this from my couch I had to stand up and applaud Bonds on something that has never been done before. Hitting the all time most homeruns in Major League history. Regardless of all the speculations of the things surrounding Bonds I beleive the right thing to do is applaud Bonds for the amazing acheivement he has achieved. They showed Hank Aaron on their scoreboard with a moving speech to Barry and it showed a lot of class. So like I said as fans of baseball the best thing to do is show the same class as Hank Aaron and be happy for Barry Bonds.
August 6, 2007 § Leave a comment
Its Monday and the Giants are back in San Francisco for another home stand and another chance for the home town Giants fans to witness history. If you are a regular reader of my blogs then you also know their is another reason I am excited about tonights game. Tim Lincecum will be starting tonight for the Giants and he looks to get the Giants a win. Lincecum has been outstanding this year since his Major League debut on May 6th this year. Lincecum throws very hard and he is exciting to watch. So far this year he is 6-2 with a 3.75 era and a very impressive 105 strike outs in 98.1 innings pitched. Lincecum should have a very good outing tonight and he will just have to keep the base on balls down but he should have a great perfomance tonight. The Nationals will be sending John Lannan to the mound tonight. Lannan is also a rookie who recently made his Major League debut. Lannan was ejected in his debut after hitting 2 batters in a row. Lannan is 1-0 with a 5.40 era. The Nationals are on a bit of a hot streak right now as the roll into San Francisco with a 6 game winning streak and a clean weekend sweep of the Cardinals. As for the Giants they lost all 3 of their weekend series games against the Padres. A good note for the Giants is they were in every one of the games as they only lost each game by 1 run. The bullpen is going to have to tighten up for the Giants so their starting pitchers can get their much deserved wins when they leave games with a decent lead. Oh and of course Bonds could possibly break the homerun record tonight so thats another reason to watch. Regardless of how you feel about the whole Bonds situation their are other reasons to watch the Giants. As I always say Tim Lincecum is a great pitcher to watch and I beleive he will deliver a powerful perfomance tonight for the Giants.
August 1, 2007 § Leave a comment
The Giants and Dodgers will face off tonight in game 2 of this 3 game series tonight in Los Angeles. Dodgers ace Brad Penny gave up 3 runs lastnight to the Giants and thats all it would take. The Giants handed Penny just his second loss of the season as the Giants held on to win 3-1. Tonight the story isnt just about Barry Bonds, atleast it isnt the story for me. As always I look forward to seeing the Giants rookie right hander Tim Lincecum pitch. Tonight Lincecum will be looking for win 7 on the season and win 7 of his career. I have done a write up on Lincecum before and he is going to really be something special. His teamates have already given him the nickname “Franchise”. Lincecum has a very good fastball that he can throw in the high 90’s consistently through the game and his recently perfected change up adds to his very good curveball that he throws in the high 80’s makes a combination that keeps batters guessing. Lincecum is 6-2 with a 3.90 era with 100 strike outs since his Major League debut on May 6 this season. As for the Dodgers they will be sending Mark Hendrickson to the mound to face the Giants. Hendrickson is 4-5 with a 4.58 era with 72 strike outs this year. Now will Bonds hit a homerun tonight against the Dodgers and tie Hank or maybe even break the record tonight? Who knows. But what I do know is that its going to be a good game to watch and Lincecum will add more strike outs to his statistics. A couple other facts about the starting pitchers tonight is that Tim Lincecum is the second fastest Giant to get career strike out 100. Lincecum has reached 100 strike outs in just 92.1 innings pitched since his Major League debut on May 6th this year. Also Lincecum went to the University of Washington where he became the Pac-10 record holder in strike outs and Hendrickson went to Washington State, and both pitchers are Washinton natives. It all sets up to be a great game tonight and you can see it on ESPN2 at 9 central.
July 31, 2007 § Leave a comment
July 26, 2007 § Leave a comment
Will Bonds go deep today? Will he get closer to the record? You can never predict these types of things and i dunno if he will hit any homeruns tonight. Maybe the pressure is building up on Bonds and its effecting his at bats. Anyways to be honest im more excited about watching rookie right hander Tim Lincecum pitch against the bats of Chipper Jones, and Andruw Jones. Lincecum takes the hill for the Giants tonight with a 5-2 record and a 3.96 era with 95 strike outs in just 86.1 innings pitched. Lincecum has become even more deadly since he added a very good change up to go along with heater and the curve ball. Heading to the mound for Atlanta is Buddy Carlyle. Carlyle is 5-2 with a 4.05 era with 40 strike outs in 60 innings pitched this season. The Giants edged out the Braves lastnight 2-1 and look to Lincecum to bring the heat against the Braves.
July 25, 2007 § Leave a comment
I have become a pretty big Tim Lincecum fan since his Major League Baseball debut on May 6th this season. Lincecum throws very hard and has been very effective and has especially thrown very well in his last 2 starts. Lincecum has recently developed a very good change up to go along with his fastball and curveball. In Lincecum’s last 2 starts which were against the Cubs and the Brewers (both teams are playing and hitting well this season) Lincecum has given up just 1 earned run and struck out 8 in each of those starts. Lincecum is 5-2 with a 3.96 era with 95 strike outs in just 86.1 innings pitched so far this season since his May debut. I enjoy watching Lincecum pitch which for me is one of the benefits for having MLB TV, otherwise I would rarely get to see him pitch cause they dont show Giants cames here in Austin Texas. Just the fact that he is being this effective at the age of 23 makes me believe that he will continue to improve and be even more effective each season as long as he stays healthy. Staying healthy is always the most important thing to think about when talking about pitchers and and athletes in general. Im even willing to compare Lincecum to Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. Verlander is a hard thrower and obviously very productive as a rookie last year which earned him the rookie of the year award last year. I know Lincecum has a ways to go but he has been very impressive this season and he has deffinently won me over as a big fan. I look forward to tuning in to all his starts speaking of which he will be starting tomorrow night against the Braves. So for those out their who may not want to watch a Giants game or be a Giants fan because of Barry Bonds remeber that thier is a very impressive fire ball throwing right hander by the name of Tim Lincecum who pitches for the Giants and is for sure worth watching. I wouldnt be surprised to see him throw a no hitter in his promising career.
July 23, 2007 § 2 Comments
Tonight the Boston Red Sox will be in Clevelend to begin a 4 game series with the Clevelend Indians. With the whole Barry Bonds about to break the homerun record it is very easy to over look the accomplishments and current struggles of other athletes. Thats why I have turned to this game as a perfect example of another great accomplishment. Taking the mound tonight for the first time this season since being declared free of cancer is 23 year old lefty Jon Lester. Lester was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma this past september. Lester was declared cancer free in December and he has been working very hard in the minors to return to the majors. This is a very impressive accomplishment and one that can trully inspire so many. The Red Sox say Lester will not be on a pitch count tonight in his first major league start this season. Lester was 3-4 in triple a this season with a 2.70 era. Jake Westbrook gets the start for Clevelen tonight. Westbrook is 1-5 with a 6.07 era so far this season. Im excited for this game tonight and I am excited for Lester. So along with all else thats going on in sports and in baseball with the homerun record for Bonds and the scandal Vick has himself in, its easy to over look great accomplishments like the one that Jon Lester has made.