Last season, Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants won the National League Cy Young Award. This season, Lincecum has two very rough outing to his credit. On Sunday, he registered the loss as the Giants fell to the San Diego Padres by a final count of 6-1.
Against the Padres, Lincecum went 5.1 innings while allowing four earned runs, three walks and a career-high 10 hits. In his first start of the season, Lincecum gave up three earned runs in three innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. His ERA on the 2009 baseball season is now 7.56.
Last season, the 23-year-old had a 2.62 ERA as he went 18-5 with 265 strikeouts in 227 innings. His Cy Young Award came in his second season in the big leagues.
The hitting stars for San Diego were Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Headley. Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, while Headley went 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a two run homer off of Lincecum in the third inning.
With the win, the Padres improved to 5-2. The Giants are now 2-4 on the season.
Although all fans around the baseball world are having World Series visions, the reality is that there are going to be a handful of horrible teams during the 2009 Major League Baseball season. Who are the top five worst teams in baseball?
5. Seattle Mariners
The Mariners will likely be improved from last season. They have a relatively high-priced roster so Seattle can expect less bad luck this year. That said, they will likely remain a top five worst team.
4. Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates simply don’t have enough talent. They’ve played hard the last few years but without the necessary talent, it’s difficult to put victories on the board.
3. Baltimore Orioles
Although the Orioles made a few runs at big name players, they once again had a disappointing offseason. They do have a few young players would could breakout but the team will still lose — a lot.
2. San Diego Padres
After a bad season, the Padres spent most of the offseason shedding salary. That is never a good combination. San Diego is in for another long baseball season.
1. Washington Nationals
The Nationals will likely once again be the worst of the worst. They don’t have much star potential in their lineup or at the mound. Overall, Washington just remains a mess.
It’s not quite as cool as Troy Tulowitzki’s unassisted triple play last year or (cool name alert) Asdrubal Cabrera’s one-man show earlier this month, but the San Francisco Giants‘ 5-4-3 groundball triple play still rates high on the Snazzy Fielding Scale and gets a Barry Bonds-sized gold star. Jose Castillo, Ray Durham, and John Bowker had the honors.
The Giants smoked the infield during the eighth inning of their game against the San Diego Padres. They lost the game in the 13th (7-3), but aw heck . . . this is what made the newsreel highlights (21s):
If, for the rest of their lives, the San Diego Padres collectively break into a cold sweat whenever the name “Albert Pujols” is mentioned, no one will blame them.
Pujols managed to knock two of ‘em out of the game in one inning.
First, Chris Young suffered a pitcher’s nightmare–a line drive to the face. (Luckily he got only a cut and a broken nose). Then, later that inning, Pujols slid into home and took out catcher Josh Card in the process. Card left the game with a sprained ankle.
Plenty of ouchworthy moments in the MLB this week, between this and Ryan Church getting a knee to the head. Prepare to cringe when you watch Young and Card (1m):