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Did Tim Lincecum throw out a "juiced ball" Friday night?

Sep 25, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

Maybe, but let’s start with what we know to be true.

Tim Lincecum allowed just two hits over eight innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over the Rockies last night. As a result, the Giants enter play Saturday with a one-game advantage over the Padres in the win column while the fading Rockies sit 3 1/2 games back in the division and four back in the Wild Card. Barring a minor miracle, the Rockies are just about done.

OK, here’s the (potential) funny business. You may recall that earlier this week, Craig informed us about some chatter that the Rockies may be slipping some non-humidor balls into circulation at opportune moments. Only adding to the controversy is the fact that the Rockies have a 51-25 (.671) record at home and a lowly 31-46 (.403) record on the road this season.

The Giants haven’t issued a formal complaint in regards to the humidor, but Lincecum may have suspected something during the sixth inning of last night’s game. The Giants’ ace was spotted evidently mouthing the words “juiced balls” as he tossed a ball back to home plate umpire Laz Diaz. Mark Townsend of Bugs and Cranks has video of moment in question, though probably for a limited time only. It sure looks it.

According to Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse, Lincecum did not immediately respond to a request for clarification on what he may have said, but for now, the conspiracy theory lives on. 

  1. birdmancometh - Sep 25, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    It’s prudent of them. Cheap and probably cheating, but prudent none-the-less.

  2. Filmter - Sep 25, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    I thought about this issue long ago, but thought it was just me being paranoid. As a former clubhouse attendant, umpires attendant, and bat bot supervisor I can tell you that switching balls for home and visiting teams would take little effort and could go on unnoticed by almost everyone except those who are in on the switch. Someone made the comment this week to the effect that Jim Tracy would never allow this to happen because of his own integrity or something like that. Whoever in the Rockies front office said that is either dumb or doesn’t know what a manager does during a game. With everything that happens on the field the last thing a big league manager is concerned about is what the bat boy is doing. Jim Tracy is not pulling some conspiracy ball, by ball. There is no soild evidence this is going on, but if I were the home clubbie and the umpies attendant I could make non humidor balls simply appear every time a rockie is up to bat. No one would ever know. (Except tim lincecum i guess) The question is if this is happening, who knows about it and how long has it been going on, and does the league need to be in charge of the humidor and bat boys in denver?

  3. Ryan - Sep 25, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Yeah, he very clearly says, “F*%$ing juiced balls. Bulls$%#.”
    Interesting.

  4. beezo - Sep 25, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Yeah Lincecum definitely thought that ball was juiced. It couldn’t be that hard to have two sets of balls, “Here is the humidor, here are the balls waiting to go into the humidor.” Im sure somebody has looked into this already, but what is the Rockies home HR total versus their opponents at Coors field? I know most teams play better at home, but I think it would be interesting to compare the Rockies/opponents HR totals at Coors Field VS other teams/opponents HR at their home park.

  5. quint - Sep 25, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    I would have thought the weight the balls would be different enough everyone would notice it. The fact it took Lincecum so long makes me think that ball wasn’t actually juiced, he just didn’t like it.
    The umpires would have noticed it by now.
    And anyway, the stats proved the Rockies hit no better in close and late games at home than they do in earlier innings at home. So if they are switching the balls, it isn’t really working for them. The fact is, they score a ton of runs in that ballpark, they have the best offense in that division by far, they just suck on the road because they play like they are still at Coors.

  6. skyjo - Sep 25, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Are we sure he isn’t saying “used ball”?

  7. skyjo - Sep 25, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    Are we sure he isn’t saying “used ball”?

  8. diehardcubbiefan4life - Sep 26, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    i think he said: “fucking juiced balls. bullshit.”

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