“Precision Tayloring” Dazed and Confused: The Mitch Kramer No-No an Animated Story
Something very peculiar occurred late last Saturday night. Tucked away in spacious PetCO Park in San Diego, Mitch Kra… I mean Tim Lincecum threw a 13K/4 BB No-Hitter, the first No-No of his career for the 2-time Cy-Young award winner. Seeing the no-hitter play out in action helped visualize the transformation of a guy who lets face it 2-3 years ago was still dealing 94mph fastballs across the plate and who used to be able to easily hit 97 when he needed to. The fastest fastball Lincecum threw Saturday night was slightly over 92mph, but the command and control that Lincecum displayed with all three of his off-speed pitches (splitter, slider, curve) was deadly. When combined with the 4-seam sinker fastball combo he threw out there you discovered what the ultimate ceiling is for a pitcher who should still be very much relevant in any size fantasy league.
First base runner allowed for Lincecum was off of the above Chase Headley walk. Lincecum promptly settled down however and didn’t let things develop into a big inning. Through the 1st frame his mechanics look solid with the signature high effort delivery that we have grown accustomed to seeing over the years from Lincecum.
Little bit of some trouble in the 2nd after Lincecum hits Gyorko with a splitter that he seemed to lose the grip of on a 1-2 count. It’s also good to note that pitch was already Lincecum’s 32nd pitch of the night with 1 out in the 2nd. He would continue to breakout on a tear striking out the next six batters starting with the Will Venable strikeout above. The movement and late action on that splitter causes Venable to look extremely bad at the plate and has him shaking his head as he heads back to the dugout. Lincecum would throw a total of 47 splitters tonight 76% of which earned him a strike. The command of the full off-speed arsenal was in full display and Posey and Lincecum had and a very good game plan on attacking the Padres hitters in and out of the zone, and keeping them honest with the fastball. Lincecum hit his spots at will with any of his off-speed pitches maintaining over a 50% strike percentage on every type of pitch he threw that night (4 seam, Sinker, Splitter, Slider, Curve). Which allowed him to pile on the K’s as he got hitters to both swing right through his stuff and stare at it for strike 3.
Also Pablo Sandoval saved his ass on this spectacular web gem play down at 3rd base. Sandoval also went 3-4 with 2 runs and an RBI. He should be looking to have a big second half after finally getting healthy from a lingering foot injury.
Oh and let’s not forget Hunter Pence out in RF. He made a pretty spectacular catch to keep the bid alive too.
Backed by 9 runs of Giant run support, nothing was going to stop Lincecum from achieving greatness that night, or so it seemed. He was locked in the entire time and showed ace level control of his off speed pitches throughout the course of the no-no which Giants fans love to see because San Francisco is going to need him to have a big second half if they hope to try to get over .500 and back into contention for the division.