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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Game 131: Martinez outduels Lincecum (77-54)

The Phils beat the Giants tonight, 2-1, to win the 3-game set. Pedro Martinez threw 7 innings of 1-run ball, allowing a lead-off homer on his first pitch but pitching spotlessly the rest of the way. Jayson Werth homered off Lincecum, and Ryan Howard added the GW-RBI on a 2-out double in the sixth inning.

No complaints about Charlie Manuel tonight. Martinez was removed in the bottom of the 7th inning when Carlos Ruiz knocked a 2-out double, and pinch-hitter Matt Stairs was called upon to drive in a potential insurance run. Ryan Madson pitched the 8th inning, and Brad Lidge closed down the 9th for his 28th save of the season.

The Phils scored 3 runs in the entire series, yet they won 2 out of the 3 games. Impressive.

Tomorrow night the Phils open a 3-game series in Houston at 8:05 pm as LHP Cliff Lee faces LHP Wandy Rodriguez.


Henry Rosinbagger said...

For as much as I rip him, Wheels actually made an intelligent comment tonight, pointing out that Uribe's failure to follow Randy Winn on the steal in the 9th inning could have cost them the game. At the very least, Utley would have had a tough play fielding the softly hit ball and throwing it to first in time. As it is all he had to do was tag Uribe.

Scott Graham said...

Well since you have a pro-Wheeler story I'll give you my huge anti-Wheeler story for the night.

I forget the inning, but Wheeler and McCarthy were talking about how it's going to "be difficult for Lincecum to steal the Cy Young award away from Chris Carpenter or Adam Wainwright. For a while there, Lincecum was in a real 'Win' drought. He wasn't pitching poorly, but he wasn't getting wins."

PITCHERS' WINS SHOULD NOT BE AT ALL USED TO DETERMINE THE CY YOUNG. Tim Lincecum went 7 innings vs. the Phils and allowed 2 ERs on 5 base runners. He could have continued pitching had his spot not been due up. That is an excellent start for any pitcher. However, a combination of the Giants lineup sucking and Pedro Martinez pitching well led to no run support.


Additionally, this is Lincecum's best year. His WHIP is just a shade over 1, and his ERA is 2.35. He's pitched 200 innings.

Chris Carpenter's ERA and WHIP are better than Lincecum's. However he has only pitched 3/4 of the innings as the Giants' hurler.

Adam Wainwright's ERA and WHIP are worse than Lincecum's and he has pitched right around the same amount of innings as Lincecum.

If things continue at this rate, and Wainwright wins the NL Cy Young because he has Pujols, Holliday, Ludwick, and DeRosa on offense when Lincecum has Sandoval, BENGIE MOLINA, Aaron Rowand, and Travis Ishikawa to knock in runs, I just might kill someone.