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The Differing Definitions of *Close*

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 11, 2012

Another bad Lincecum loss brought out the typical responses from Bochy, Timmy, radio host guys, etc. “He’s thhhhhhhhis close! He’s juuuuuuuuuuust about there! Just one more tiny tweak….”

The only problem is that they’ve been saying the exact same thing for about 8 weeks now. And after 8 weeks of hearing the same nonsense  it’s time to consider an alternative position: maybe Tim isn’t as close as everyone keeps saying he is…..

He continues to have very little command. Major league hitters are NOT going to chase balls tailing away from them at their eye level or balls that bounce four feet in front of them. They might chase once in a while. But they’re going to let most of them go by and will usually be able to work the count in their favor. You simply can’t pitch an entire game and win with the suspect command that Lincecum brings to the mound each and every start……..

Timmy’s fastball is about the same as Voggy’s. Nothing too special, both hover around 90-91. But you don’t see Voggy miss so badly with so many pitches as you see with Lincecum. Voggy throws the ball exactly where he wants it to go.

And the ONE thing I’ll give the *velocit-ologists* is that Timmy got away for too long with NOT having good command because he had such an electric fastball. He probably never had to have *Voggy focus* in a game where every pitch you make is methodically played out in your mind before you throw it.

And I’ve got no idea if Lincecum can ever do what Voggy does in terms of focus and execution. The only thing I do know is he’s not *this  close* to being able to do it…………


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  1. twinfan1 said, on June 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Just FYI:
    Visitors .220 BA .282 OBP .331 SLG .613 OPS 20 HR
    SF……..249 BA .308 OBP .339 SLG .647 OPS 6 HR

  2. Flavor said, on June 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    new thread.

  3. raymond said, on June 13, 2012 at 8:04 am

    completely agree with your post flav…I was just waiting for Timmy’s blow up. I think Bochy needs to baby him more, like he used to do with zito. he shouldnt of been allowed to pitch to Hamilton and give up run 4 and 5. either
    completely pitch around, intentional walk or pulled him. and, no gem coming in seattle

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