I was wondering about Lincecum’s velocity yesterday.
I’ve watched Giants’ starting pitcher Tim Lincecum pitch four times this season, and I’ve noticed that his fastball velocity has been sitting in the 90-92 mph range. It seemed like those readings were lower than what I’d been accustomed to seeing in 2008 and 2009.
Jack Moore provides some food for thought about how competitive the National League is proving to be:
As we enter play on Friday, the entire National League is only separated by nine games – the difference between NL leading San Diego at 22-12 and NL trailing Houston at 13-21. The entire NL Wild card race is occurring within a 6.5 game spread, as Washington currently leads the race at 20-15. The American League, on the other hand, has already started to separate, as Tampa Bay leads Baltimore by 13.5 games and only four other potential Wild Card teams are within eight games of leading New York.
We’ve also seen some surprises emerging in the National League. Washington, as mentioned above, is leading the Wild Card race despite a pitching staff without a single pitcher projected as above average. Cincinnati is four games over .500 despite most projection systems pegging them at .500 or below. San Diego and San Francisco are both surprising in an NL West which was handed to either Los Angeles or Colorado by most projection systems and analysts.