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Worrying about Lincecum

Posted on: July 22, 2010 3:13 pm
 
Tim Lincecum Lost in the hubbub of Tuesday's wacky, controversial Giants-Dodgers game was the performance of Tim Lincecum, a performance that has some wondering whether the Giants should shut him down.

Wait, what? Why would a team in a playoff race shut down a two-time defending Cy Young winner with great numbers (10-4, 3.18 ERA)?

Because Lincecum, according to those who watch him regularly, is showing signs that something is wrong. He didn't make it out of the fifth inning Tuesday, gave up five runs, struck out only two and threw a wild pitch straight up in the air.

Dave Cameron at fangraphs.com has been monitoring a steady decline in Lincecum's velocity. He used to regularly be in the 93-94 mph range, but Tuesday he averaged 89 and seemed to struggle badly with his control. He's still striking people out, but not at the rate he has the past two years, and his walks are up.

Lincecum's nickname is The Freak for a reason -- his delivery and training methods are extremely unusual. The general consensus going into the 2006 draft was, "Great stuff, but it's just a matter of time until the little guy's arm breaks off."

Pennant race or not, it might behoove the Giants to make sure their ace is completely healthy before risking any long-term issues.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Worrying about Lincecum

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Since: Jul 19, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:36 pm
 

Worrying about Lincecum


"Dave Cameron at has been monitoring a steady decline in Lincecum's velocity."

Yeah I noticed as well .... it diminishes at the catchers mit



Since: Jul 19, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:30 pm
 

Worrying about Lincecum

He seemed to me to have recover something by the end of the 6th and 7th inning last night. He seemed a little self assured...but then it could have been the barly and hops on my end



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 9:55 pm
 

Worrying about Lincecum

I have seen this problem since the game he was removed after 8.1 with 1 earned run and 13 strikeouts against the Phillies. Nevertheless, since a stretch of poor command and low velocity on the fastball, he has seemingly recover his fastball and has been hitting 93-94 mph in his last several games. I think that the problem was more mechanical than physical and he is working it out. Still have some concern but 93-94 mph doesn't suggest a physical problem.



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2010 9:13 pm
 

Dumb Worrying about Lincecum

Tim Lincecum goes 8 innings today, hitting 93 94 OFTEN... from the 1st inning to the 8th inning. Two ERs in 8 innings, and those a result of two fluke hits... a dunk texas leaguer on a check swing and a 90 bouncer through a fast infield.

You can retire this rumor. Always was dumb.

And oh that one where Haren was going nowhere and Edward Jackson was begin shopped.... you can shelve that one two... that Jackson story was out 3 hours before Haren was traded!!!! Not much of a shelf life on the rumors today.... not sure why anyone reads this stuff. I just happened on the Lincecum suggestion... that he be shut down. What a load of manure. NOBODY with any baseball sense suggested that. Just blather blather blather. Grow up.



Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2010 5:15 pm
 

Worrying about Lincecum

Interesting !!!  When baseball analysts and the media talk negatively about teams like the Yankees for going too slowly with their young prospects...they ALWAYS compare to Lincecum and how an innings limit is ridiculous.  NEVER trade for a pitcher who started in the Giants, Dodgers or Reds organization.  Self destruction seems to happen more often than not.


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