To start off I want to say congrats to Matt Cain for pitching the first perfect game in San Francisco Giants history. My caps off to you. This season Matt Cain is a player who put it together and with pitching a perfect game you get instant swag, till his next start.
TIM LINCECUM – SF
Stats as of 6/18: 6.19 ERA. (2-8 Record.) 1.57 WHIP. 93 Ks in 77 INN.
The same cannot be said for his counterpart Tim Lincecum. When Lincecum broke into the league he was unstoppable. In 2008 Lincecum won 18 games, had an ERA of 2.61 and struck out 265 batters. Can you guess what happened to Lincecum at the end of the season? He won the Cy Young. The next season nothing changed. Lincecum won 15 games, had an ERA of 2.47 and struck out 261 batters. First verse same as the first. Lincecum won the Cy Young award again. The league could not figure this guy out. With his funky delivery it is said to be very hard to see the ball come out of his hands. Eventually the batters started to catch up with his pitching style and it is starting to show.
This season Tim Lincecum has been in a downward spiral. Lincecum, in his 14 starts, only has 2 W to show for it. I don’t know how a Cy Young winner can only have 2 wins on the season at this point but it is still 2 more W than Cliff Lee. Lincecum also has 8 L that puts him on pace for a record of 4 W and 19 L. His ERA is 6.18, which is the highest in his career. The only thing that is consistent with Lincecum this season are his K’s. He is on pace to strike out 206 people which is consistent with his average. If you have Lincecum in your league I would bench him or try to trade him until he can get out of this funk he is in.
LINCECUM, WHERE YOUR SWAG AT?
JUSTIN UPTON – AZ
Stats of 6/18: .258 Average. 5 HR. 22 RBI. 8 SB.
Sticking with the NL West, the next player to have lost his swag is the young Justin Upton. When I was in Arizona I went to the D-Backs game’s all the time. One time I went with the camp I was working for and my brother decided to teach his campers a chant to yell at Justin Upton. Little did I know this chant was from an episode of South Park. The chant went “Justin Upton is a man, bear, pig”. The kids kept repeating that chant the entire game. I’m pretty sure Upton went 3 for 3 that game with a HR. So maybe the chant will bring him luck and he will come around because Upton’s numbers are at a low point. Last season Upton had a career year in 4 of the 5 major hitting categories. He hit 31 HR, drove in 88 RBI’s, scored 105 runs and stole 21 bases. All of which were career highs. Everyone thought Upton was the next big thing when he came up and last season showed just that.
This season is looking a little different. Upton did not come out of the gates blazing. Right now Upton has a BA of .258 and only 5 HR. This puts him on track to only bat .258 for the season with 12 HR’s. The success of Upton was one of the major reasons the Diamondbacks did so well last year. If Justin can start to string it together he can be very dangerous. With the big contract he signed a few years ago he should be hitting 30+ HR and driving in over 100 RBI every season. Maybe the chant will help, “Justin Upton is a man, bear, pig. Justin Upton is a man, bear, pig”.
UPTON, WHERE YOUR SWAG AT?