There is no such thing as a poorly timed no-hitter. It’s an achievement of monumental proportions, even if takes place between two last-place teams in the steamy “dog days” of August. But the timing of Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter against the San Diego Padres was spectacularly relevant in a number of ways.
Lincecum’s gem didn’t solve the many issues surrounding the rotation, but it elevated it back into national prominence. This is the Giants’ signature, the reason they won two world titles, and on the heels of Madison Bumgarner’s latest superb outing, it means a hell of a lot inside the clubhouse.
– Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle
A.J. Griffin’s game plan on Saturday vs. the Red Sox was simple. Don’t repeat what he did against Boston at Fenway Park.
On April 22, Griffin allowed a career-high nine runs in four-plus innings. This time, he gave them none in eight innings.
For Griffin, who hadn’t completed six innings in each of previous two starts, it marked the third time this season he’s gotten through eight and the fourth time he hasn’t allowed a run.
– Jane Lee, MLB.com
The easy answer is to send Salmons packing. The new ownership group has plenty of money to make a move like this and when we polled the audience a few weeks back, 54 percent of our readers said cut the guy a check and move on. But is that still the right decision?
It’s hard to make an argument for a why a player that posted a player efficiency rating of 10.2 last season and 9.0 the season before should stick around. But it’s also hard to see how the Kings can make an improvement as a team without the 11-year veteran.
– James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom