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Despite poor results, Tim Lincecum happy with spring debut

Feb 26, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

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Tim Lincecum gave up three runs and failed to make it through his two scheduled innings Tuesday against the Dodgers, but he was pleased following his first start of the spring.

CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly has the quotes:

“It’s a good sign,” Lincecum said, “when you feel the ball’s coming out of your hand better than the year before.”

Lincecum struggled with his delivery last spring and didn’t have his usual velocity or command, problems that lingered all season long.

“Last spring it was trying to make something out of nothing,” Lincecum said. “I didn’t have the strength or the mechanics to sustain anything. Now the question isn’t whether I’m going to throw strikes. It’s where I’m going to throw strikes.”

According to Baggarly, Lincecum was throwing 92-93 mph in the first inning today and 89-92 mph in the second. Lincecum generally worked at 89-92 mph last year.

After Lincecum’s successful relief stint in the playoffs last year, some suggested the Giants might be better off keeping him in the bullpen. However, GM Brian Sabean and company certainly weren’t thinking that way. Beyond their top five starters, the Giants have perhaps the worst rotation depth of any big-league team, with Yusmeiro Petit or Chad Gaudin probably ranking as the sixth starter of the moment.

  1. aceshigh11 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Make a Lincecum a reliever?? I mean, C’MON.

    Okay, he’s having a tough spell, but you don’t make a guy like that a reliever.

    • captainwisdom88 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      you also cant have him go out there and gets lit up for 5+ runs every game. Doesnt matter if its your high paid ace or your “Joe Blanton-esque” 5th guy in the rotation

      Something is seriously wrong with timmy. I would like someone to pinpoint why his velocity is down/why his command is struggling. He used to be dynamite on the mound

      • captainwisdom88 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        also you dont call 2 straight years of gettin spanked around as a tough spell…not in my book

        he fell off a cliff

      • foolmaker - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:07 AM

        Beyond signing a desperate free agent or making some trade, the Giants have no choice but to start Timmy Jim. They literally have no other competent pitcher who could handle starting a few games. In hindsight, it’s kind of a miracle that it never became an issue last year.

    • keepthisrealbro - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      let timmy smoke

      • kjv623 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        You say 2 straight years of getting spanked? He may not have had the win totals in 2011but last I looked, an ERA around 2.75 and 200 plus strikeouts is pretty damn good.

  2. gwylie1 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    its spring trainging

    • Marty - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      He should traing harder.

  3. gmfw7 - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    i’m not a giants fan, but i feel horrible for the kid. he has been an absolutely amazing talent through this point in his career, and it’s WAY WAY WAY too early to say he’s done, but i think what’s happening to him is exactly what a lot of people predicted early on: with his extremely slight frame and unorthodox mechanics, eventually his body was going to start to break down and he was going to lose what it was that had fans referring to him as the “freak”. i hope i’m wrong. i’m a phillies’ fan, and recent playoff series give me a great reason to despise the giants, but you never want to see someone of his talent start to lose it this early, whether he plays for your team, or your rival. here’s to hoping he gets it back, and we can watch him light it up for another 5-6 years

  4. denny65 - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Yet, but he got a haircut. So there’s that.

  5. stercuilus65 - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    He’s finished and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of whiny fans.

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