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Tim Lincecum returns to form with 12 strikeouts against Twins

Jun 23, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

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Tim Lincecum entered Thursday 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA in four starts this month, but one never would have guessed it from his showing against the Twins.  He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 12, before exiting a 1-0 game.

Lincecum started this season showing better velocity than he had either of the previous two years, but with his mechanics a bit out whack, he has lost something off his fastball over the last several weeks.  That was a secondary issue, though; the bigger problem was his struggles with his command.  He walked 12 in 15 innings over his previous three starts.

In this one, Lincecum walked two and threw 72 of his 109 pitches for strikes.  He certainly wasn’t facing the best of lineups; the Twins’ four-best hitters (Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jim Thome and Jason Kubel) were all absent, as was center fielder Denard Span.  Still, with the way Lincecum was throwing today, there wasn’t a team in the league that would have fared a whole lot better.  It was a very encouraging performance for the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

  1. skerney - Jun 23, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    He’s heavier and stronger now than he has ever been. I was wondering if the combo of a changed body type plus the loss of posey behind the plate had his delivery out of whack. His velocity has been up even when he was struggling.

  2. bleedgreen - Jun 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Its more likely that his dealer finally got a good shipment of the good shit from up north. Been stuck with shitty schwas for the past few weeks.

    • jibiral - Jun 23, 2011 at 11:46 PM

      Bleed green indeed.

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