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If not for Halladay, Lincecum would be the best

Posted on: October 8, 2010 12:29 am
 
Imagine if Roy Halladay hadn't thrown a no-hitter Wednesday.

Imagine if somehow Halladay had stayed in the American League.

If he had, would there be any question that Tim Lincecum was the best pitcher in the National League?

It's not fair to compare anything to what Halladay did Wednesday against the Reds. It's not fair to compare the Reds, the highest-scoring team in the NL, to the Braves, who simply aren't a good offensive team with Chipper Jones and Martin Prado both hurt.

But if Halladay's postseason debut Wednesday was the standard, it's hard to say that Lincecum's postseason debut Thursday was that much worse.

A shutout. Two hits. And 14 strikeouts.

Yes, it's true, the Giants' 1-0 win was dependent on yet another questionable call by an umpire, when Buster Posey seemed to be out at second base but was called safe by Paul Emmel. Yes, even with that bad call, the Giants wouldn't have scored if the Braves were even average defensively, if Omar Infante had been able to stop what seemed to be a routine ground ball from Cody Ross.

But that shouldn't take away from what Lincecum did.

He gave up an Omar Infante double on his fifth pitch of the night. He gave up Brian McCann's double in the seventh inning. He wasn't Halladay-dominant.

But seriously, if we hadn't just watched Halladay on Wednesday, wouldn't we be saying that Lincecum's performance Thursday was one of the best postseason efforts we'd ever seen?

And aren't all of us, except for fans of the Reds and the Braves, now hoping for a Giants-Phillies National League Championship Series, with Halladay facing Lincecum in an all-Cy Young Game 1?

Two days in, one theme of these playoffs is the same one we had last year, which is the missed calls by the umpires. They had another bad day Thursday, helping to lead to ejections of Rays manager Joe Maddon and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. If there was an upset Thursday, it was that the most significant missed call Thursday, the one on Posey's fourth-inning steal, didn't bring Bobby Cox out of the dugout to argue.

Cox said he didn't have a good angle from the dugout, and since his infielders didn't protest, neither did he.

Besides, even if the Giants hadn't scored then, you'd think they would have scored sometime. And as long as Lincecum stayed in the game, there wasn't much chance of the Braves getting a run.

"Everything just went where it was supposed to," Lincecum told TBS' Tom Verducci after the game.

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Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2010 9:30 pm
 

If not for Halladay, Lincecum would be the best

Halidays performance was great an outstanding feat because of the no hitter. A two shut out isn't a no hitter it's two hits short however that said Lincecum's performance was far more dominating. It's two bad it happened like that because Lincecum's pitching was down right amazing and it got out done because of the rarity of the no hitter. Two hitters happened 27 times this year but only one had more than 14 strikeouts. still one of the best performances I've seen.



Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2010 6:25 pm
 

If not for Halladay, Lincecum would be the best

You just sound like a hater when you speak like that and frankly an uneducated sports fan. The  ump was pretty consistent all night. Also, the one walk that prevented the Doc to become the first player ever to hurl two perfect games in a season, the previous pitch could have been a K. Hallday shut down the best offensive team in the NL. He was the best pitcher in baseball last year on a below average team; now on great team like the phillies he is carving his way into cooperstown.


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