After the insane drama of last night’s Monday Night Football game and what happened afterwards, such as Clay Matthews posting the NFL Commisioner’s private number on Facebook, it is time to get back to what really matters: Baseball.
After Tim Lincecum’s horrendous first half of the season, the right hander has really turned it around and since July 31st has posted a 3.01 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 27 walks in 59 and 2/3 innings pitched.
Lincecum, will be facing the Arizona Diamondbacks, who sit 5 and 1/2 games back of the second National League wildcard. Their elimination number is four. In his career, Lincecum is 7-7 with a 3.08 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 137.1 innings. Just like Chase Utley despises facing Big Time Timmy Jim, I’m sure Lincecum isn’t too excited about facing Paul Goldschmidt. The first baseman is hitting .556 against the right hander with two homeruns. The Diamondbacks star player Justin Upton has 36 at bats against Lincecum and is batting .250 with no homeruns. The team’s usual four hole hitter, catcher Miguel Montero, is hitting a meager .163 in 43 at bats against the “Freak”.
The San Francisco Giants will be facing Josh Collmenter. Originally scheduled to pitch was rookie Tyler Skaggs, but he was scratched. Collmenter started out the year as a starter but was then moved to the bullpen and makes an occasional spot start.
In 24 inningsd pitched against the Giants, Collmenter is 3-1 with a 4.88 ERA and 18 strikeouts. The numbers are not impressive for San Francisco, but no player has more than six at bats against the right hander, so it is a small sample size. Both Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence are batting .167 in six tries and Brandon Belt (who is not in the lineup) is hitless in four at bats.