Could Tim Lincecum's struggles this season been as simple as him tipping his pitches?
Remember that game last month against the Diamondbacks when it appeared Stephen Drew was relaying signs to Adam LaRoche? (Here's the video from MLB.com -- be careful, there's a loud ad at the beginning.)
According to author Jason Turbow , the Giants coaching staff had Lincecum alter his delivery.
"I moved my hands closer to my body to make it hard for them to see [the grip]," Lincecum told Turbow. "The pitching coach, somebody notices it. … When things like that happen and someone can see it right off the bat, and it's so blatant like that, you have no choice but to do something about it."
Lincecum said he hasn't had an issue with tipping his pitches before. And he also doesn't have an issue with the Diamondbacks -- or other teams -- taking advantage of his mistakes.
"If you can get a team's signs, and you have them, why not take advantage?" Lincecum said. "It's smart on their part. Baseball is a game of adjustments, and I had to make some."
Lincecum earned his first victory since July in his next start, Wednesday against the Rockies, when he allowed just one run on five hits in eight innings, striking out nine and walking one. Lincecum faces the Diamondbacks again on Tuesday.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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