Monday, November 15, 2010

End of Season Review: Tim Lincecum


San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum pitching in the 1st inning of game 1 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Wednesday, October 27, 2010. UPI/ Bob Larson Photo via Newscom

Tim Lincecum had a down year by his lofty standards but he had his Cy Yong stuff at the right time this season.

Year W L W-L% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 16 10 .615 3.43 33 33 1 1 212.1 194 84 81 18 76 231 119 1.272 8.2 0.8 3.2 9.8 3.04
The stat line above is mediocre from what Giants fans have to come to expect from Lincecum, but if this is a down year I think just about every pitcher in baseball would still take that. If you take out his August stretch where he was out of whack the numbers improve greatly, back towards the numbers of the last 2 seasons.

We may not remember this as much but during the first couple months of the season Lincecum was still the freak, it wasn't until later that things started to turn for him and give every fan a heart attack and raise such silly ideas as his hair was causing him to loose zip on his fastball or throwing off his mechanics.

The season reached rock bottom in August where he looked completely lost but from this low point emerged Lincecum with a new pitch in his arsenal and he led the Giants pitching staff on a historic pitching run in September and was the Ace that anchored the staff in the playoffs.

Lincecum started with a historic gem against the Braves and was nearly as impressive out pitching Cliff Lee in the deciding game of the World Series.

The ride may have been bumpy and it won't end in a Cy Young this season but it did end with a much bigger trophy for the whole team and this fan base.

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