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Diamond Thoughts – 5/5/2011

Posted by Rich Stowe on May 5, 2011

Welcome to today’s Diamond Thoughts.

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Last night, Tim Lincecum struck out 12 Mets and passed the great Christy Mathewson for the record of most double-digit strike out games in San Francicso Giants history. It was Lincecum’s 29th game with double-digit Ks. Pretty impressive seeing how this is Lincecum’s fifth season in the league and Christy pitched for 17 years for the Giants. Lincecum already has 964 career strike outs (including this season). That’s an average of 253 a season (and he’s gotten over 230 in each of the last three seasons). If he pitches for 15 years and is able to keep up this pace, he’ll approach 4,000 strike outs for his career which would put him 5th all-time ahead of Blyleven (3,701) and behind Carlton (4,136). We are watching something special in Lincecum, as if the back to back Cy Young Awards in his second and third season didn’t already tell you that.

Andre Ethier’s hit streak is on hold for now. Ethier took yesterday off because of a sore elbow. The elbow has been bothering for the last couple of weeks and it finally was bad enough for him to take a game off. He should be back in the lineup on Friday when the Dodgers face the Mets. Did Joe DiMaggio ever miss a game during his 56-game hit streak? No he did not.

The Angels and Red Sox played till 2:45am this morning eastern time. They played for 13 innings and had a 2 1/2 hour rain delay. The Angels won finally 5-3 on a Bobby Abreu two-run, two-single off of Daisuke Matsuzaka. Yes, Dice-K came in as a reliever. Both teams used 14 pitchers combined. I’ve stayed up late watching games before, but 2:45 am is just plain nuts.

Tim Hudson gave up 1 hit to the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday and recorded his 12th career shutout. Another example that this may just be the Year of the Pitcher again following last season’s Year of the Pitcher. Even the Red Sox were held hitless for the first 6 innings yesterday. I’ve lost count how many no-hitters have been taken past the 6th inning this year. Liriano’s no-hitter the other day is probably just the first of many to come.

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