A scout who attended Tim Lincecum's recent eight-inning, one-run start
against the Rockies, says, "That's the best I've seen him all year. His stuff is
not back, but he's getting people out.
"He was getting his curveball over. His command was better. But I'm not
seeing more arm strength. It was about average, at times a click above.
"It will be an interesting question this winter: Where is he? What does he
have left? I think he'll end up in the bullpen."
This has got to be one of the biggest overreactions to a bad month that I have seen in a long while. Lincecum has struggled this season and is not the same dominating force he has been the last 2 seasons but demoted to the bullpen? Really?
Even in a down year Tim Lincecum is still a top tier pitcher. He has produced 4.2 WAR which has him ranked 5th in the National League and 12th overall. That's above guys like Clayton Kershaw, CC Sabathia and Mat Latos who no one sees as ready to be sent out to pasture for mop up duty.
This is also coming off of 3 starts where he has looked much sharper and in his last 2 starts where he is 2-0, 2.45 ERA, 20 Ks, 1 BB.
I may have written about the drop in velocity and have worried about Timmy this season but not because I think he is finished. Even if the velocity never returns Lincecum is still a very good pitcher and a special talent.
Barring an injury I don't see him in the bullpen anytime soon and suggesting that he could be there as soon as next season is probably the dumbest thing I have heard today, thanks unnamed scout for the lunchtime laughter.
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