Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Who's this Steve Blass guy?

Were those two Tim Lincecum starts in Oakland and San Francisco a mirage? Because tonight's game is another awful here-we-go-again nightmare.

I'm posting this with the Nats leading the Giants 5-0 in the 4th with Tim Lincecum having loaded the bases. Perhaps some younger readers out there are wondering why the name Steve Blass keeps coming up in conversations about Tim. I kind of knew that it wasn't going to be his day after he gave up a run-scoring double in the bottom of the second to the opposing pitcher Jordan Zimmerman.  

Steve Blass was a very good pitcher for the Pirates in the late 1960s through 1972. He lost it in 1973, going 3-9 with a -4.1 WAR. 

Like Tim, he won two games in the 1971 World Series, then followed that up with a year that was good enough to make the All Star tam and finish second in Cy Young voting to Steve Carlton.  

By the time I posted, the score had gone from 5-0 to 8-0 and George Kontos had come into pitch. Good Lord. It was 6-0 when Tim was pulled and Kontos -- who I have little use for -- let two inherited runners score. Tim is now 3-9 this year, just like Steve Blass finished in 1973.


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