The Giants have their ace back

It was only a few weeks ago that I was lamenting the Bengie Molina trade and wondering if Tim Lincecum was ever going to pitch like an ace again.

The Giants needed him to come up big as an ace and all throughout his gruesome August, he came up small.
But his last game was solid… and tonight he was terrific.
Oh he’s had better games over all, but he started perfectly, pitched into the 7th, struck out 11 and gave the Giants the chance to keep the pressure on the Padres, Phillies and now the Braves (who are the leader of the Wild Card since Philadelphia leap frogged them into the Division Lead tonight.
There was a bigger significance to this game.
The Giants are pitching again. And they are starting to hit. Things are clicking and if Sanchez and Cain and Bumgarner pitch well and Wilson keeps saving games, the Giants will probably be playing in October.
But as for the ace… I think Paul Newman said it best in The Color of Money.
“Hey… I’m Back!”

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What the hell kind of season is Dallas Braden having?

It is a strange season for him, no doubt about it.
He has had surreal controversy regarding A-Rod walking on his mound.
He had the heart warming Mother’s Day perfect game and his grandmother telling A-Rod to stick it.
He did a good job delivering a Top Ten list on Letterman.
He’s got 5 complete games plus 2 shutouts (which lead the AL).
So he has the aura of being a good pitcher.
But he has a losing record… and not just a hard luck Cole Hamels kind of losing record… he’s gotten BOMBED.
And tonight, with the A’s having a sliver of hope, and Texas already in the loss column… he coughs up 5 runs in a brutal second inning that takes the A’s out of it early and makes their wild 9th inning seem like desperation rather than a genuine comeback attempt.
And I thought Dice-K was tough to figure out!

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Folks… that might be it

Poor Robert Manuel. The guy is trying to log in some big league innings and what does he do?

He let’s up 3 homers in 1 1/3 innings.

He got 4 batters out and let up 3 homers.
I don’t understand EVERY new stat thrown at me, but I am sure that is a bad ratio.

I am sure his WAR is bad.

Heck, I think Manuel wouldn’t compare favorably if he was replaced by Manuel from Fawlty Towers.

At least there was no suspense tonight.

A nice, clean asswhuppin’.

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