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Cautiously Ratcheting Down My Pessimism
Well, we're four days into July and the San Francisco Giants are not only over .500, they have the second-best record in the National League! Will that continue to be the case? Probably not. But they at least need to be taken seriously as a playoff contender. Their pitching is certainly strong enough. When Barry Zito is currently your worst starter, you're doing well. I know that he hasn't done much good since coming to the team for a ridiculously inflated price, but he is still capable of making fine starts, usually stays healthy and might still return one day to the form that made the much-lambasted Brian Sabean bring him across the bay. Randy Johnson has pitched better of late than his ERA indicates. Newcomer Ryan Sadowski shows real promise. And Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum are reminding me of Bill Swift and John Burkett back in 1993. Not only that, the team is finally hitting, though most players in the lineup are way too impatient at the plate.

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barca_k From: barca_k Date: July 5th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Will that continue to be the case?

Apparently as long as they keep playing my Astros, it will continue. GROWF-!

I like the Cain-Lincecum/Swift-Burkett analogy... except I think Swift & Burkett were having career years, & it looks to me like this Lincecum kid might be a truly great pitcher.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 5th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think you're right about Lincecum. I hope his Pedro Martinez-esque body holds out, because he could have a very special career. Cain has great talent, too. He just wasn't consistent until this year.
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