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Tim Lincecum finishes spring training with 10.57 ERA

Mar 29, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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Whatever strides Tim Lincecum made in the playoffs haven’t carried over, as the two-time Cy Young winner followed up a terrible 2012 season by posting a 10.57 ERA in five spring training starts.

Lincecum had 16 strikeouts in 15 innings, but allowed 22 hits and eight walks on the way to 18 runs. That includes five runs in 4.2 innings yesterday, after which Lincecum told Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News: “I feel like my stuff is there. I definitely have confidence in all of it.”

Brown reports that Lincecum’s fastball topped out at 92 miles per hour yesterday, which is comparable to last season when he averaged 90.4 mph.  Back in 2007 and 2008 he averaged 94.1 mph and as recently as 2011 he averaged 92.3.

  1. mordecofe - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    How badly do you think he regrets not agreeing to the ~$100 million extension the Giants offered a year or two ago?!

    • herkulease - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      yup. He has to be kicking himself for not taking that deal. I’m sure the Giants are breathing a sigh of relief. Money saved to give to Buster instead.

      Time to get back to smoking weed. His performance has taken a nose dive since quitting.

  2. UgglasForearms - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    This sucks. I hope the season goes much better.

  3. nineroutsider - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I honestly believe he will become a bullpen guy this year. This isn’t really a “stuff” issue for Tim, although his fastball has dipped. I believe his troubles are between the ears as he can no longer locate the fastball for whatever reasons. Yet out of the pen, he seems to have no trouble. I know the Giants will give him on a long rope, but eventually he will be in the pen…and he will be money out of the pen. However, while that won’t lead to the type of money he wants, it can build his confidence enough to grant him a few more starts.

    • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      They took away his weed. What did you expect? Time to bring in Doc Ellis as a special assistant to the pitching coach.

  4. ramrene - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    I remember hearing all the Giant fans telling Dodger fans how the Dodgers f*d up by taking Kershaw instead of Lincecum after Timmy’s 2nd Cy Young.

    Yeah, uh… how’s that working for you?

    • jxegh - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      2 out of the last thre World Series – Yep, the Giants just don’t know what they’re doing.

    • nineroutsider - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      How’s not taking RG3 working out for the Rams, Rene?

    • chill1184 - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      You do realize that the Dodgers are going to have to put out a high risk offer in order to keep Kershaw right?

  5. doubleogator - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    shoulda never cut the hair Tim….

    • tuberippin - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:06 AM

      A modern-day Samson.

  6. sportsnut101 - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I’m sure he regrets not signing 100 mill signing now but he still made 40 mill last season n this season so he’s not broke. But he def lost 50 mil if he don’t have good yr

  7. baymac408 - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Dodgers are garbage!! Gtfo you are garbage for liking the Dodgers! It’s to bad his era was so bad… I to believe it is in his head!! He still has some of the nastiest stuff there is to offer! He will be ok! If not then he will do great relieving guaranteed! Pitching is why we have 2 CHIPS in 3 years!!

  8. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Am I too late to make an unoriginal, unfunny weed-smoking joke?

    • historiophiliac - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Apparently, there’s no maxing out on that.

    • tuberippin - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:07 AM

      Don’t worry man. Stoners are late all the time.

      • bigdicktater - Mar 30, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        “Dave’s not here, man.”

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