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Lincecum catches his tip

Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:42 am
Tim Lincecum 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 -- 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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:07 pm

Lincecum catches his tip

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Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2010 11:04 am

Lincecum catches his tip

I played ball for a long time and we used the tipping of the bill of the helmet to let the hitter know we had something. Also look at Drew put his hands on his hips that could also be a tip that an offspeed pitch is coming. We used to use hands on legs or knee, but the same concept. I give alot of credit to Lincecum for understanding the game and not getting angry, but that doesn't mean Drew won't get one thrown at his ear hole tonight. I thought more than anything it was something with Lincecum's elbow position prior to the pitch on what he was throwing. This was out of the stretch mostly.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2010 2:17 am

Lincecum catches his tip

It is great to hear that it was pitches being tipped and not his arm going out.  Dominating pitcher regains form a little earlier they would be leading division right now, but here is to a good race for the NL West.

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