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Freak Show In San Francisco

By bullpenbrian at 11.02.2010 2 comments.

This wasn’t the World Series I was looking for six days ago. The two teams I  wanted were there, but the five-game series was largely dominated by San Fran.

Other than the Giants’ brilliant starting pitching, neither side played well. There was a lack of drama and the big-ticket pitching match-ups never fully materialized. Just wasn’t a very memorable Fall Classic, unfortunately.

I still believe having two teams that were not expected to be league champions is good for baseball, despite the low TV ratings.  A competitive six or seven game series would have been better, of course, better  for the fans, and yes, better for television. But for me, this series was still better than watching New York vs. Philly.

Lots of praise was heaped on Cliff Lee, and rightfully so, but Tim Lincecum  reminded us he’s an ace, too. Lee loss both his starts. ‘The Freak’ won both of his. I think most fans, including myself, thought Lee would nab at  least one victory. Lincecum’s performances, however, was the deciding factor in the series.

Tim Kirkjian said it best about the Giants: “They’re not always pretty to watch, but they win.” Curt Schilling said on ESPN that he believes “the best team always wins.” For certain, the Giants had the better pitching, and better pitching usually wins.

Looking back, I think the Giants would have toppled either New York or Tampa Bay. The Yankees pitching is on par with Texas, and the Rays’ lineup is sub-par to Texas–not that such speculation really matters.

You could see Edgar Renteria’s three-run homer coming from a mile away. Lee was looking tired having allowed back-to-back singles to Ross and Uribe, which marked the first time a Giant reached second base all game.

When Lee missed badly on his first two pitches to Renteria, you knew a strike was coming next. Renteria didn’t miss it, clubbed the winning home run and pocketed the MVP Award. I understand Lee’s mentality to go-after hitters, but the decision not to pitch around Edgar will always be questioned.

Here’s to wishing Lee doesn’t sign with the damn Yankees this offseason. He’s a good fit for the Rangers, or any team for that matter, but anywhere other New York would suite me fine. St. Louis, however, would be tough to swallow!

I’m very interested to see were the Giants turn. Do they keep their castoffs that just won the title or start moving again in a younger direction?

And after watching San Fran’s starting pitching end 56 years of frustration, remind me again why the Cubs dealt Ted Lilly?

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2 Comments

  1. Douglas Heeren says:

    Lee is going to want 5-6 years at $20 million per. What bothers me is when he lose the pop on the fastball, is his other stuff still good enough to get hitters out? I don’t think it is. He doesn’t have a grade A sinker like Tommy John had, or a Grade A slider to fall back on. Right now Lee is a control, hit the spot type pitcher, not a real craftsman like Moyer has been the last few years. If the Yankees want to throw a large amount of money on a guy that has a few question marks then let them. It’s kind of disgusting the amount of money that teams think they need to spend to win.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      It’s obvious Lee has great stuff on his pitches.
      But what allows Cliff to dominate is that he’s also a great pitcher and not just a great thrower.

      Lee’s pin-point control and use of his breaking pitches is what keeps hitters off-balance.
      Of course he’ll lose some zip on ‘ol No. 1, all pitchers do.
      But guys like Glavine, Pedro and Maddux became greats by learning how to pitch.
      I believe Lee is not only capable, but already on his way to doing the same.

      That said, I’d pay the excessive coin to get him.
      The numbers speak for themselves, and no team wins without great pitching.

      What’s frustrating is when teams, like the Cubs, invest poorly in players.
      And so you’re right, what teams think they need to spend vs. how they spend is regularly outrageous.

      No question, it’s a huge risk to invest the amount of money Lee’s seeking.
      But if you want to win, and Lee’s available, I’d say take the risk!

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