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Tim Lincecum’s spring troubles worrisome

Mar 23, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

Tim Lincecum, Yoenis Cespedes AP

Tim Lincecum gave up five runs in three innings of work against the Oakland Athletics this afternoon, raising his spring ERA to 10.97 and his WHIP to 2.25. Coming off a season in which he finished with a 5.18 ERA in 33 starts, Lincecum’s performance thus far has not given anybody reason for optimism.

CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports that neither Lincecum nor his manager are particularly worried, even with a possibility the Giants right-hander joins his team after the regular season begins:

Bochy said Lincecum was “just off today” but didn’t express much outward concern, saying he was encouraged by the right-hander’s previous two outings.

I asked Bochy: Is there a good chance Lincecum could stay back when camp breaks and face minor leaguers rather than pitch against the A’s on Thursday at China Basin?

“We haven’t talked about that,” Bochy said. “Have him throw a bullpen and go back out there. That’s what you do. Today, he was out of sync. It was obvious from the start.”

Fortunately for the Giants, they have two of the better starters in the game in Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, so they won’t be set too far behind by Lincecum’s lagging performance. This is an important season for Lincecum as he is eligible for free agency after the season.

  1. natslady - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    The Doctor? The Freak? Two pitchers I absolutely loved to watch pitch–no sarcasm. If they are in the decline of their careers, that is sad.

  2. chill1184 - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Its sad to see when a great pitcher like Lincecum just falls off a cliff like that. Hopefully for his sake he puts it together

  3. flyeredup - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Meet Mark Fidrych, Jr. Lincecum is DONE!

  4. onbucky96 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Let Timmy Smoke!

  5. dondada10 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    This is why you go year to year with pitchers as far as contracts are concerned.

  6. steelers88 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    What happened to Lincecum? He just like fell off a cliff. This is so sad I loved watching him pitch.

  7. coke566 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Sounds like Lincecum is channeling his inner Dontrelle Willis

    • tuberippin - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Sure, if you ignore the fact that Tim Lincecum won two Cy Young awards and led the league in strikeouts three times…

  8. footballfan01 - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    He just needs Benny and O’Bannion to stop staring him down during games.*

    If you don’t understand the reference, go watch “Dazed and Confused” immediately.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      If you don’t get that reference, it’d be a lot cooler if you did.

  9. dowhatifeellike - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    I bet he regrets turning down that 5 year contract. When contracts are guaranteed, take the money and run.

    • Glenn - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Definitely. I remember at his peak, he was saying he would prefer going year-to-year for his career. I wonder how he feels about that now.

  10. stercuilus65 - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:12 AM

    He should have never quit the roids.

    • bigdicktater - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      You forgot to use the sarcasm font. No cookie.

  11. polonelmeagrejr - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I like him because he reminded me of my son’s skateboard buddies.

  12. blingslade - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I don’t know if Lincecum is off the roids or what but I doubt he’s ever going to get “it” back. He’s the perfect example of the candle burning twice as bright…

  13. abaird2012 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    What, only two refernces to pot? You guys are slipping.

  14. ugglasforearms - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    If you click the linked article and read it, plus listen to the announcers, it doesn’t sound hopeless. Tim will probably not be the guy he used to be, but he’s got something left. Check the link.

  15. moogro - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    People finally bored with homophobia?

  16. sweetcarl22 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I can’t believe it!!!! Am I the only one who can remember Dennis Eckersley? Great starting pitcher who became one of the best and most popular of baseball closers when he was with the Oakland A’s. Come on S.F. Giant’s fans – what does it take to put your thinking caps on? I’ve been saying Timmy should be a closer even when that weirdo Wilson was there. Hells bells – the Freak even looks like Eck.

  17. ninerrebel - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Let Timmy SMOKE!!!

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