Thanks to the All-Star break Tim Lincecum got nine days off after throwing a staggering 148 pitches in his no-hitter against the Padres, but his follow-up start was still a mess last night.
Lincecum failed to make it out of the fourth inning against the Reds, allowing a career-high eight earned runs on nine hits, including a career-high three homers. In the span of 78 pitches his ERA rose from 4.26 to 4.71.
However, afterward Lincecum insisted that the 148-pitch start took “no toll” on him physically, saying: “I felt just as normal as I have in recent starts.”
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com notes that Lincecum threw a between-starts bullpen session during the long layoff, but last night his fastball “fastball barely grazed 90 mph” and “the changeups turned to blobs.”
The Mets entered Sunday night’s game against the Pirates with a disappointing 20-27 record. While the club has dealt with a litany of injuries, manager Terry Collins has also drawn criticism for in-game decision-making, particularly regarding his decision-making.
Owner Fred Wilpon is still Collins’ strongest supporter, however, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. As a result, the team is unlikely to make a managerial change anytime soon. If the Mets continue to struggle, though, ownership may feel pressured to make a change.
Collins became the longest-tenured manager in Mets history last week. Collins managed the Mets to a 77-85 record in 2011 and has overall helped the club go 501-518, winning the NL Pennant in 2015. He is not signed to a contract beyond this season.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a game for the record books on Sunday against the Rays. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI double, a solo home run, two singles, and three walks in eight plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, the Twins still lost 8-6 in 15 innings.
ESPN’s Stats & Info notes that Mauer is the first Twin to reach base seven times in one game since Rod Carew in 1972 against the Brewers. The last player to reach base seven times in one game (without the aid of an error) was Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on August 8 last season against the Marlins. The feat has only been accomplished seven times this decade, so about once a year.
After Sunday’s game, Mauer is batting .283/.363/.408 with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 171 plate appearances. Not too shabby.