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Paul Goldschmidt continues to own Tim Lincecum

Apr 10, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt came into last night’s game with ridiculous career numbers against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum … and then Goldschmidt smacked a three-run homer off the two-time Cy Young winner in an Arizona victory.

Goldschmidt is now 13-for-24 with seven homers and 17 RBIs off Lincecum, which works out to the following numbers:

.542 batting average

1.458 slugging percentage

1.994 OPS

After the game Goldschmidt tried to downplay the ownership of Lincecum, saying stuff like he’s “lucky” and “it’s never a comfortable at-bat.” Along those same lines, Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea writes:

Last season, when Goldschmidt was making a run at the NL MVP award, a Diamondbacks writer began gathering string for a takeout-length feature on him. The writer told Goldschmidt that he planned to interview Lincecum for the piece. Goldschmidt implored the writer not to do so, saying he didn’t think it would be respectful.

That’s commendable, but the numbers are insane. Goldschmidt has 7 homers in 28 plate appearances off Lincecum compared to 59 homers in 1,494 plate appearances off everyone else, including no more than three homers against any other pitcher.

  1. bfunk1978 - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Goldschmidt is a wonderful hitter, and I don’t want to take anything away from that. However, Lincecum the last few seasons has not been the Lincecum of old, and the fact that they didn’t face one another when Timmeh was in his prime and before he collapsed so quickly probably has an effect. Not Goldy’s fault, mind you.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Excuse my ignorance but what exactly does “takeout-length feature” entail?

    Also, it sounds like Goldschmidt is a pretty nice fella. I got to have a few drinks with his dad this past January and he seems as genuine as Paul.

    • seeinred87 - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Kind of late on the reply, but from Merriam-Webster:

      “an article (as in a newspaper) printed on consecutive pages so as to be conveniently removed (2) : an intensive study or report”

  3. pbastille - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    those numbers are kinda like Cano’s against his dad in the Home Run Derby…

  4. renaado - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Timmy should have Pacquiao’s tenacity every time he takes the mound. Ain’t even a Giants fan but I wish him to have a good season this year.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    At this point, Timmy should just roll the ball to his catcher when Goldschmidt is at bat.

    As you say, the numbers are the numbers, and facts are facts. Goldy hits Lincecum exceptionally well. There are lesser pitchers who inexplicably tie Goldschmidt up (Vogelsong, for instance), and there are very good hitters who Lincecum similarly owns. There should be no shame or embarrassment on either side. It is just one of those anomalies of baseball that certain guys perform far above or below expectation against certain other guys.

  6. kingscourt25 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Is Lincecum the worst multiple cy young winner ever?

    • renaado - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Well… Everyone had “those” days. Cy young winner or not no one’s invincible out there.

    • daveitsgood - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Not really. I think you forget how dominant he was during his peak, albeit short peak. In his Cy Young years, 220+ innings, 260+ Ks, averaging over 10 Ks per every 9 innings with a respective WHIP of 1.17 and 1.04 and ERA+ of 168 and 171. He was really really good, just had a short window with his small frame and max effort delivery.

      • kingscourt25 - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Well, yeah, he was pretty damn good, but I’m talking about full body of work. Should’ve said does he have worst immediate decline of multiple cry young winner?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Plenty of pitchers will never be as good as Timmy is now. And of course those peak years were ridiculous. I doubt he would change any part of the history if he could.

    • cohnjusack - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      If you’re referring to Tim’s overall career…nope, he’s the 2nd worst. Denny McLain wins that title.

      Obviously, Tim was very deserving and excellent during his Cy Young seasons(and pretty good the next two years as well). This is no way to knock him at his amazing peak.

      Without further ado, the Multiple Cy Young Winners listed by career WAR

      Roger Clemens – 139.4
      Tom Seaver – 106.3
      Greg Maddux – 104.6
      Randy Johnson – 104.3
      Gaylord Perry – 93.7
      Pedro Martinez – 86.0
      Steve Carlton – 84.1
      Bob Gibson – 81.9
      Tom Glavine – 74.0
      Jim Palmer – 68.1
      Roy Halladay – 65.6
      Bret Saberhagen – 59.1
      Sandy Koufax – 53.2
      Johan Santana – 50.7
      Clayton Kershaw -32.2
      Tim Lincecum – 23.3
      Denny McLain – 20.9

  7. stex52 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Good for Goldschmidt on that quote. Classy. But then he probably doesn’t want Lincecum too focused on him either.

  8. nbjays - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    I kind of prefer Craig’s moniker for him in ATH this morning… The Freak Whisperer.

  9. chiadam - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Everyone owns Lincecum.

  10. weeniss - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    This guy is a great hitter. Being a Brewers fan, I hate when the D-Backs square off with the crew because Goldie owns their pitching…

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