I went to the Giants-Mets game last night and got to watch Lincecum pitch in person. I was behind home plate in the Mezzanine (right below the upper tier).
The first time through the lineup the kid was dominant. He was getting ahead in the count on everyone and most were late on his fastball.
First time against Beltran on a 1-2 count, he threw a wicked breaking ball that nearly got Carlos, who checked his swing. Next pitch was a 99 MPH (stadium radar) fastball that blew him away.
The Mets best hitters seemed to figure him out a little as the game went on. Beltran laid off the high heat and Lincecum couldn't get his breaking stuff over. After Carlos worked a walk, same deal from Delgado, except he relocated a high, straight fastball about 420 feet over the LF fence.
The Mets scored their third run after Reyes worked a walk, and Beltran waited for a fastball of his liking that he laced down the line for an RBI double. As the game went on, a lot of hitters were able to foul off pitches and work the count.
Interesting that the Giants chose to let him go out to pitch the top of the seventh with 101 pitches. He breezed through the inning, though, and finished with 113 pitches. Redzone will have a meltdown if Narron ever does that with Bailey.
But Lincecum is very impressive. His delivery, however, makes you think that his arm will fall off after every pitch. It's almost like a slingshot. From all accounts, the kid has a rubber arm, though.
Also, maybe it was just two bad at bats...but he's the worst hitting pitcher I've ever seen. He makes Harang look like Rod Carew.
The Giants didn't exactly send out the "A" team to support the kid, though, ol'Jerry would shed a tear looking at this lineup:
R. Winn cf
K. Frandsen 2B
R. Aurilia 1B
B. Molina C
P. Feliz 3B
D. Ortmeier lf
O. Vizquel ss
F. Lewis rf
- Bonds better break the HR record in SF. Man the Mets fans got on him when his stuck his oversized head out of the dugout for the first time as a late-inning pinch hitter. If he breaks the record on the road it'll be to a chorus of boos.
- I wonder how Mets fans will treat Guillermo Mota, who returns from his steroids suspension tonight. If they cheer him, are they hypocrites. If he pitches to Bonds, at least they're on even terms.
- Schoenweis looks finished. He's awful. Good non-signing by the Reds.
- Oliver Perez misses a lot of bats. He's still got some nasty pitches in his arsenal. He was a little wild in the 1st and grooved fastballs to Winn and Molina (for HRs). But settled down and cruised the rest of the game. Good pickup for the Mets.
- They might as well put wheels on Shea and call it a bandwagon. There were 47K fans last night, but very few that I would call 'die-hard' fans. I bet there were 10K pre-teen girls with David Wright jerseys. Whenever he came to bat, the shrill screams were so loud I bet all of the dogs in Queens started barking.
- Overall though, it was a good experience. I can't wait until they tear down Shea. The Mets new stadium is currently under construction. They need it in the worst way, Shea is a dump.