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by Ben Catley
(firstname.lastname@example.org is where Giants fans can send their love …)
21 days before the Home Opener
17 days before the Season Opener
You think that Tim Lincecum should get at least a sympathy card for what Paul Goldschmidt (2009) has done to him since getting his Major League call-up in August 2011. Thirteen at-bats. Four home runs. Ouch. And when you really think about it, Lincecum hasn’t been the same since that August 2 tater that was threatening the glove in left field. As in the giant one behind the stands …
The latest one came in a 4-1 D-backs win over those Giants. Goldy’s fourth tater of the season was a wall-scraper, but it also came off of the Kryptonite pitch for Goldy – a curveball. Goldschmidt has now hit more home runs against Lincecum than any other MLB player he has faced.
In other words … right now, Goldy owns Big Time Timmy Jim.
However, while we can talk smack all we want to about our boy Goldy, as you read this part of Steve Gilbert of MLB.com’s story on the game from Wednesday night, you realize Goldy won’t go down that road …
Goldschmidt does not boast about his success against Lincecum, because he knows that it could be fleeting.
“Every hitter knows what you’ve done against previous pitchers and I’m sure the pitchers know as well,” Goldschmidt said. “But it’s not like you’re up there thinking about it or anything. I’ve said this before: It can change in a hurry. It just takes one AB to get hot or vice versa. That’s why in this game you’ve got to just stay positive even if things are going bad.”
Lincecum was asked if he was hoping to one day stick Goldschmidt with an 0-for-4 game.
“I’m not hoping,” Lincecum said. “I’m going to figure it out.”
Let’s hope that is not for a while …
Meanwhile, a time zone removed and about at a 5,000-plus-foot higher elevation, CarGo turned into CarGone before everyone’s eyes.
Yes, indeed, while Goldy was tuning up the band again against Big Time Timmy Jim, Carlos Gonzalez (2003) was hitting home runs against anything appearing to be a Houston Astros pitcher … and picked up where he left off in his first at-bat on Thursday. In the process, CarGo became the 38th Major League player to homer in four straight at-bats. He also became the 22nd player in MLB history to hit four home runs in four consecutive plate appearances.
CarGo has been heating up as of late, with his batting average now at .332, with 14 home runs and 44 RBIs. He leads the league in RBIs (tied with Andre Either of the LA Dodgers), runs scored (44), extra-base hits (30) and slugging percentage (.653), as well as total bases (124) and is second in home runs and OPS (1.060).
On to the rest of the news …
– The MLB Draft begins on Monday evening. with many of the 2012 Osprey to be selected in the draft. The draft continues through Wednesday. The D-backs, by the way, have two of the first 119 picks … they had two of the first seven last season.
– The folks at the Bleacher Report have re-ranked the D-backs Top 10 pitching prospects. That Bauer fella is No. 1, but plenty of former Osprey are on the list.
– Jake Elmore (2008) is still hitting .400 … and helped make some team and Pacific Coast League history in doing so for Triple-A Reno. He and EatonMania … oops, I mean Adam Eaton (2010), are still 1-2 in the PCL in both batting average and on-base percentage.
– The ramifications of the Miguel Montero (2002-03) deal may not be felt for a while, according to Arizona Republic writer Nick Piecoro. There’s also some comments from GMs around the league, and its interesting how some feel about the decision to spend the money on Miggy.
In the meantime, we’re just over two weeks away from Osprey baseball … go crazy ZooTown, go crazy!!