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If it seems like we’re watching something special right now, it’s because we are.
The first few days of the playoffs have not only been entertaining, they’ve been historical. At least, from a pitching standpoint.
As a fitting followup to Roy Halladay’s no-hitter for the Phillies over the Reds on Wednesday, Tim Lincecum turned in one of the more dominating playoff performances ever on Thursday. The two-time Cy Young Award winner struck out 14 while allowing two hits in the Giants’ 1-0 win over the Braves.
Halladay’s effort had more histocial meaning because he tossed the second no-hitter in postseason history. Prior to Doc taking the mound at Citizens Bank Park, Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series had stood alone as the only no-hit postseason effort.
Still, Lincecum placed himself in elite company.
For just the 22nd time in playoff history a pitcher has logged a complete-game shutout while allowing two or fewer hits. It’s already happened twice in the first two days of the playoffs.
There is a Marlins’ connection to this piece of postseason history. Josh Beckett is one of the 22 to have a complete-game, shutout win in the playoffs with two or less hits.
In Game 5 of the 2003 NL Championship Series, Beckett blanked the Cubs on two-hits while he struck out 11.
All-time playoff nine-inning, complete-game, shutout wins with pitchers allowing two or less hits.
* Josh Beckett, 10/12/2003, Florida v. Chicago Cubs, 2 H, 1 BB, 11 K
* Vida Blue, 10/8/1974, Oakland v. Baltimore, 2 H, 0 BB, 7 K
* Nelson Briles, 10/14/1971, Pittsburgh v. Baltimore, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K
* Mordecai Brown, 10/12/1906, Cubs v. White Sox, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K
* Roger Clemens, 10/14/2000, New York Yankees v. Seattle, 1 H, 2 BB, 15 K
* Dave Dravecky, 10/7/1987, San Francisco v. St. Louis, 2 H, 4 BB, 6 K
* George Earnshaw, 10/6/1931, Philadelphia v. St. Louis, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K
* Whitey Ford, 10/4/1961, Yankees v. Cincinnati, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K
* Roy Halladay, 10/6/2010, Philadelphia v. Cincinnati, 0 H, 1 BB, 8 K
* Waite Hoyt, 10/6/1921, Yankees v. New York Giants, 2 H, 5 BB, 5 K
* Bill James, 10/10/1914, Boston v. Philadelphia, 2 H, 3 BB, 8 K
* Bobby Jones, 10/8/2000, New York Mets v. San Francisco, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K
* Don Larsen, 10/8/1956, Yankees v. Brooklyn, 0 H, 0 BB, 7 K
* Tim Lincecum, 10/7/2010, San Francisco v. Atlanta, 2 H, 1 BB, 14 K
* Jim Lonborg, 10/5/1967, Boston v. St. Louis, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K
* Jon Matlack, 10/7/1973, Mets v. Cincinnati, 2 H, 3 BB, 9 K
* Claude Passeau, 10/5/1945, Cubs v. Detroit, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
* Monte Pearson, 10/5/1939, Yankees v. Cincinnati, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K
* Vic Raschi, 10/4/1950, Yankees v. Philadelphia, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K
* Allie Reynolds, 10/5/1949, Yankees v. Brooklyn, 2 H 4 BB, 9 K
* Warren Spahn, 10/5/1958, Milwaukee Braves v. Yankees, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K
* Ed Walsh, 10/11/1906, White Sox v. Cubs, 2 H, 1 BB, 12 K
— Joe Frisaro
The Marlins face the Giants and two-time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum on Tuesday at Sun Life Stadium.
Anibal Sanchez makes the start for Florida.
1) Aaron Rowand, CF
2) Mark DeRose, LF
3) Pablo Sandoval, 3B
4) Bengie Molina, C
5) Aubrey Huff, 1B
6) Juan Uribe, SS
7) Nate Schierholtz, RF
8) Matt Downs, 2B
9) Tim Lincecum, P
1) Cameron Maybin, CF
2) Chris Coghlan, LF
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Jorge Cantu, 3B
5) Dan Uggla, 2B
6) John Baker, C
7) Cody Ross, RF
8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
9) Anibal Sanchez, P
— Joe Frisaro
The collective benefit of starting pitchers working deeper into games is the bullpen gets a breather.
Unlike recent years, where the Marlins rotation struggled to pitch into the sixth or seventh innings on a regular basis, the 2010 staff is, thus far, doing their job. They already have three complete games, which is tied with the Phillies for most in the Major Leagues.
Florida’s starters have thrown 152 1/3 innings, which is tied with Cincinnati for the fifth most in the N.L. The Reds, meanwhile, have played one more game.
The Cardinals staff has thrown a league high 171 2/3 innings. On the flip side, Florida’s bullpen has thrown 70 2/3 innings, which is the 13th most in the N.L. In years past, the Marlins bullpen has finished near the top in total innings pitched.
The fewest amount of relief innings this season have been posted by the Giants (65 1/3).
The Giants, of course, are in South Florida this week to begin a three-game series beginning Tuesday night at Sun Life Stadium.
Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum will take the mound tonight for San Francisco, while Anibal Sanchez gets the call for the Marlins.
A key to working deep into games, or throwing complete games, is pounding the strike zone.
“I think being around the zone, and being consistent, that’s the name of the game,” Marlins ace Josh Johnson said. “But that’s easier said than done. Sometimes, you are fighting to be consistent. Other times, when you find that groove, and things just happen and you don’t have to force it to make it happen.”
The complete game has been something in decline throughout baseball. Yet, it is still an important statistic because it helps keep bullpens rested.
Here’s the list of teams with 10 or more complete games over the past decade:
* 2009: Giants 11, Royals 10, Blue Jays 10
* 2008:Blue Jays 15, Brewers 12, Indians 10
* 2007: Blue Jays 11
* 2006: Indians 13
* 2005: Cardinals 15, Marlins 14
* 2004: Expos 11, A’s 10
* 2003: A’s 16, Expos 15, Blue Jays 14, Cubs 13, White Sox 12
* 2002: Diamondbacks 14, Royals 12, Devil Rays 12, Tigers 11, Cubs 11, Marlins 11, Giants 10
* 2001: Tigers 16, A’s 13, Twins 12, Diamondbacks 12, Orioles 10
* 2000: Diamondbacks 16, Blue Jays 15, Orioles 14, Braves 13, Royals 10, Cubs 10, Devil Rays 10
— Joe Frisaro
About 90 minutes before facing the Yankees, Josh Johnson was receiving praises from his former manager.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi called Johnson “one of the best pitchers in the National League.”
Johnson, the Marlins 25-year-old ace, was a rookie in 2006 when Girardi was Florida’s manager.
Even at the age of 22, Johnson showed flashes of becoming a standout.
“He’s one of the best pitchers in the National League,” Girardi said. “I loved him from the day I saw him. I thought he had a chance to be real special. It’s not something that you’d say about a guy who really throws two pitches. I know he has the changeup now.”
Early in his career, Johnson was basically a fastball, slider pitcher. Now he had a two-seam fastball — his sinker — to go along with his four-seam fastball, which this year is reaching 98 mph on occasion.
“His location was great all the time,” Girardi said. “His mechanics were good. He had the great slider.”
Johnson entered Saturday night with 98 innings pitched. That was fourth most in the National League. However, he needed just three innings to reach Arizona’s Dan Haren (101) for the top spot.
The Marlins are 11-3 when Johnson starts, and the right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.76 ERA.
Johnson is making a strong case to be selected to the National League All-Star team, a decision that will be made by NL manager Charlie Manuel. Pitchers are not voted into the All-Star Game by the fans.
Asked if Johnson was All-Star worthy, Girardi said: “Absolutely. I don’t see the National League all the time. The numbers [wins and losses], you don’t look at that. You look at the innings and ERA. In those, he’s one of the best.”
Johnson is fifth in the NL in ERA, behind Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (2.17), Haren (2.23), San Francisco’s Matt Cain (2.39) and Tim Lincecum of the Giants (2.72).
— Joe Frisaro
In their history, the Marlns have never had a Cy Young award winner. Dontrelle Willis came close in 2005, finishing second to Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals.
Of late, the Marlins certainly have faced their share of former Cy Young winners. In fact, they are seeing them at a record pace.
On Friday in Toronto, Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco will be matched against Toronto ace Roy Halladay.
Halladay will be the fifth different Cy Young winner the Marlins will face in the past eight days.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team in MLB history has faced five different Cy Young winners in an eight-day span. In fact, Florida just faced four in five days, which also is an MLB record.
Thus far the Marlins are 2-2 in the stretch against former winners. Now, San Francisco features three Cy Young pitchers — Barry Zito, Tim Lincecum and Randy Johnson.
Here’s how the Marlins have fared:
* June 6 vs. Zito, 2-1 loss
* June 7 vs. Lincecum, 3-2 loss
* June 8 vs. Johnson, 4-0 win
* June 9 vs. Carpenter (Cardinals), 4-3 win.
— Joe Frisaro