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Tim Lincecum “open to changes”, including a future as a reliever

Jun 2, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

Tim Lincecum Reuters

In an exclusive with CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly, Giants starter Tim Lincecum says that although he is presently committed to starting so long as his team needs him — and with an injured Ryan Vogelsong and struggling Matt Cain, they do — he is open to converting fully as a reliever in the future. Lincecum currently has a 5.12 ERA in 11 starts, continuing the struggles that led to a 5.18 ERA over 33 starts last year. The Giants used him out of the bullpen in five of his six post-season appearances, however, and the right-hander allowed one run in 13 innings.

Lincecum spoke to the differences between starting and relieving:

“Out of the bullpen, your focus is different,” Lincecum said. “You’re not thinking about lasting. It’s, `Go until they tell you to stop.’ When you’re starting, when you see your pitch count go up in a bad inning, that can be at the forefront of your brain. You know it’s going to (limit how deep you can go). So I guess you could say it’s a lack of pressing, when you’re relieving.”

Lincecum is eligible for free agency after the season. Considering his recent adversity as a starter, you have to imagine potential suitors are viewing him more as a reliever than as a starter if they are even considering signing him at all.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    How about changing your daily routine…as in…don’t start each day by ripping a bong.

    Start there.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    …and for all of you on the “green team” out there…there’s nothing wrong with that. I start each day with a nice ripper myself, but I don’t pitch for the San Francisco Giants.

    • bigleagues - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      It is believed that CANNABIS (marijuana is a RACIST/BIGOTED term) affects people differently. Also, different types of CANNABIS, and the Bay area is not short on variety, have different effects.

      Having said that, the likelihood that Cannabis has any real effect on Lincecum’s performance is a comical stretch at best.

      Personally, I’d be more concerned if his diet includes regular ingestion of fast food.

      Hall of Fame Center Robert Parrish is perhaps one of the most famous and open users of ‘bud’ from his playing days.

      Pitching is strenuous, but no more so than playing Center int he NBA.

      Lincecum seemed an eventual lock for the HOF just over a year ago. His velocity has dropped and thus his ability to setup and make pitches has dropped along with it.

      His diminutive frame does him no favors either. Pedro was able to keep his elite velocity up longer than Lincecum seemingly has. But when Pedro lost his fastball it was gone for good. Perhaps there is something physical we don’t know about and there is a rebound somewhere down the line. He is certainly young enough that that could still happen, but putting the blame on ganja is downright dopey.

  3. ordinaryday6 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    to “captain wisdom,” if he was pitching well for years doing it, then clearly it isn’t an issue. the problem may be if he’s stopped.

    • temporarilyexiled - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      “You have a drug problem…I’m just not sure if it’s too much or not enough.”

      In reality, he’d have a hard time masking all of the THC in his bloodstream if he was using…especially during the season. One famous pot traffic stop has become the ultimate dead-horse topic on this blog.

      As for me and where I live, there are lots of happy mosquitoes right outside.

  4. digbysellers - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Consider signing him at all? The guy was one of the top pitchers in baseball for awhile and we’re living in an age where Dontrelle Willis can get a minor league deal from basically every baseball team on the planet. So yeah, I’m guessing somebody gives old Timmy a shot.

    • temporarilyexiled - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      He was great relieving in October. I hope he works out a mutually reasonable deal and stays.

  5. buffalomafia - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    When the Giants won World Series a few Years ago Lincecum had a bad August & sportswritters where ripping him a new one!

    Then when playoff time came he became one of the Giants stars!

    Last year he had a mediocre year as a starter but kicked ass as a reliever in the playoffs!

    I agree that he would be a great setup man or reliever!

    If Lincecum tests free agency & goes to the American League the batters there will light him up like a pinball machine?! Thats just my opinion!

    • jjschiller - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Is the period key broken?

      • donniev77 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        “…a great setup man or reliever”

        Is that like a great starter or pitcher?

  6. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    I don’t actually think the kid has a problem with bud…just lookin to get a few laughs. Clearly there is something cerebrally different about him, and he’s gotta get right mentally if he’s to regain his former confidence and dominant ways. I’ve actually been to San Fran and the surrounding area, and when you go 2 hours north of that city you are essentially in the “marijauna Mecca” of the world. Some of the stuff you can buy around there is outta control how potent it is, and I can’t see that stuff benefiting his brain much.

    • temporarilyexiled - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

      And if you’re already abbynormal, there’s great benefit…and happy mosquitoes.

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