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Tim Lincecum ain't doin' so good

Mar 12, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

You know the old line: spring training stats are meaningless. Giants fans had better hope so:

Since signing a two-year, $23 million contract, Lincecum has been raked
for seven runs (four earned) on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Both times
Giants manager Bruce Bochy had to remove Lincecum from the game in
mid-inning.

Ignore the stats. It’s the removals in mid-inning that are the problem. The routine in spring training is to give the starter a set number of innings. Maybe two at first, then three, and more and more each outing until the team breaks camp.  a guy might get shelled one afternoon, but as long as he gets his work in, no one cares all that much. At least not like they’d care in April.

But getting removed in the middle of innings suggests that something’s off.  Bruce Bochy admits as much in the article. And though everyone’s saying the right things, this can’t be what anyone wants to see.

Oh, and their would-be fifth starter may be even worse off.

  1. John - Mar 12, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Well, I think it’s more about pitch count…they usually want to get say two innings and 30 pitches out of you at this point. If you’re 33 pitches in in the 2nd inning of course you’re going to get taken out. Lincecum didn’t pitch well last spring training either.

  2. Jason - Mar 12, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Last year was actually the best he’s ever pitched in Spring Training. But based on his lines in previous years, I’m not sure what all the concern is about…
    PLAYER W L S ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER
    —— – – – — – — — — — – – —
    2007
    T Lincecum 1 0 0 6.43 3 1 0 0 7.0 8 5 5
    2008
    T Lincecum 0 0 0 9.00 3 3 0 0 7.0 12 7 7
    2009
    T Lincecum 1 0 0 4.03 6 5 0 0 22.1 16 10 10

  3. Rob - Mar 12, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Many good pitchers did not have good ST stats. Nolan Ryan was horrible. He also did not start out well last year if I recall correctly. But once he gets on track, he’s the best. I’m not worried about it. Now Bumgarner’s loss of velocity is a head scratcher.

  4. RichardInDallas - Mar 12, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    The problem is that the weed in Arizona is so much stronger than the weed in San Fransisco. Who can finish the second inning with cotton mouth, the munchies and a burning desire to just sleep, man?

  5. Hal - Mar 12, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Richard, I think you have it all wrong. Timmy just can’t get in a groove with that weak-Arizona grass.

  6. Paul - Mar 12, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    wow. March 12 and you’re sounding the alarm over a pitcher working themselves into shape for a long marathon.

  7. don - Mar 13, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Oh palease, Craig whoever you are! Lincecum is just fine and will be just fine. Ye of little faith usually end up being Dodger fans-and wishful thinking! Lets see what you’re writing in July.

  8. Mack22 - Mar 13, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Ha ha ha ha! Midget fans are soooo testy! And to think Lincecum is the best frisco’s got. They’ll be good enough for forth place in the NL West.

  9. Don - Mar 13, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    The G-men have 6 starting pitchers and any one of them would start for any other major league team. Dodger brass is drooling because they have one maybe two quality starters. The bottom line is- Lincecum doesn’t have to do ‘too good’ just yet, now does he? Silly article, silly title for an article.

  10. Old Gator - Mar 13, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    With any weed he’d be fine. It’s those cactus buttons that are throwing him off.

  11. Fast Eddy - Mar 13, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Hello:
    This started last July or August. This is why he did not deserve the Cy. No one with his record in the last half of the season should ever get the award. Will he come back? Who knows. This is just a continuing downfall from a great start last year.

  12. kimmer - Mar 13, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Baseball fans and players are the most superstitious people. NO ONE is going to speak the words everyone is thinking here. So allow me: “Could the big paycheck hex Lincecum’s performance this year?” Answer: Of course it can. Only time will tell. But like the magic 8 ball once said: “Outlook not so good.” I would ask one question: Can Tim Lincecum, at his young age and emotional immaturity level, handle the added pressure that comes with all that cash? Better men than him have not been able to do it. My advice to Tim: Pretend he is working hand to mouth. Don’t let security set in. Stay hungry, dude! Hard to do with all that cash on hand. Maybe put it away and pretend it don’t exist for now. Yeah, right. The poor kid’s doomed.

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