After pitching to a 5.18 ERA with a career-high 4.4 BB/9 last summer, Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum walked seven Dodgers in five innings during his first start of the season on Wednesday night. Only 46 of his 91 pitches were strikes.
The seven walks ties Lincecum's career-high, which he's done one other time: Sept. 9 of last season against those same Dodgers. Dating back to that game, he's walked 26 batters in his last 33 2/3 regular season innings. That's scary.
Lincecum, 28, is due to become a free agent after the season, so he needs to figure out these control problems for his own sake, nevermind the team's. He was on a historic pace a few years ago -- two Cy Youngs by age 25? Goodness -- but he's crashed hard these last 12 months. I'm not so sure he's salvageable at this point.