Lincecawesome

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Yeah, I suppose that’s corny, but there’s really no other word to
describe him. He completely dominated the Cardinals last night, staying
perfect until the fifth inning and remaining near perfect for the rest
of the game. Other than a double to Pujols — who tends to get his no
matter who’s pitching — no one could do a thing against the guy. The
Cardinals didn’t even make him work, as he threw 95 pitches in a
complete game.

Not that this was anything new. Over his last four starts he’s 3-1
(three complete games) with a 1.03 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 37-3. Dude
won the Cy Young last year. Though 16 starts in 2008 he was 8-1 with a
2.54 ERA and K/BB ratio of 103-40. Through 16 starts this year he’s 8-2
with a 2.37 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 132-28. Anyone doubt that he’s
going to win the Cy Young again?

With nasty stuff like that Lincecum could be excused for being a bit cocky. Not that he’s the least bit cocky. Here he is after yesterday’s game:

When I saw the lineup card today, I thought they’re throwing some
pretty good guys out there. But then I thought, ‘I’m good. I’m here for
a reason. I can get these guys out if I make my pitches the way I need
to’ . . . This game can be humbling. The second you go out there
thinking that you’re hot s-, then they hit four home runs off you.
That’s the last thing I want to do. I’m not getting ahead of myself.
I’m not thinking I’m going to shut anybody down because of what I did.
It’s what I’m doing now.

And what he’s doing is shutting everybody down.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.