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Tim Lincecum allows one hit over eight innings in win

Aug 8, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

Tim Lincecum AP

Tim Lincecum‘s resurgence continued Thursday, as the two-time Cy Young Award winner limited the Brewers to one hit over eight scoreless innings and struck out eight in a victory.

Lincecum was shelled for eight runs in the start after his 148-pitch no-hitter last month, but he’s allowed just three runs in 22 innings since. In his last six outings, he’s turned in five quality starts and amassed a 47/10 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings.

That stretch has lowered Lincecum’s ERA from 4.66 to 4.18. The thinking was a couple of weeks ago that the Giants didn’t need to deal Lincecum before the trade deadline because he’d clear waivers and could still be part of an August deal. That now seems highly unlikely; Lincecum is a free agent at season’s end, so money isn’t a huge issue.

On the plus side for the Giants, as long as Lincecum finishes strong, there won’t be any reason to be nervous about making him a qualifying offer and at least securing a draft pick if he bolts. The Giants could still trade Lincecum to the team with the worst record that claims him — the Nationals would seem to be the most likely option there or maybe the Diamondbacks if the Nats pass — but he’ll most likely finish the season in San Francisco.

  1. braddavery - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Come back, Timmy!

  2. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Big Time Timmy Jim on the Natinals interesting. Wonder how him and Bryce would get along.

    • braddavery - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      Imagine a fully HEALTHY rotation of;

      1. Stephen Strasburg
      2. Jordan Zimmermann
      3. Gio Gonzalez
      4. Tim Lincecum
      5. Dan Haren

      Yikes.

      • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        I agree with the top four but not with Haren. I was in d.c. the past couple months and went to a couple games and talked with a ton of nats fans. Every single one of them hate Dan haren and wish they never signed him. I agree he hasn’t pitched well for a couple years now and honestly a healthy Ross Detwiler is better then Dan Haden.

      • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        -Haren-

      • braddavery - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        I would take a fully HEALTHY Haren over the majority of starters in the league. He’s been bad for the last two seasons, but if fully healthy he’d be as solid a workhorse you can get in the 5th spot.

      • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        Point taken I think it’s more mental than physical in Haren’s case.

      • bigdicktater - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        I guess the Giants could use one of those guys to go along with Timmeh, Matt, Madbum and Ryan next year, but we don’t need to replace everyone do we?

  3. paperlions - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    He must be using PEDs, how else can you explain a 29 yr old arm not exploding after throwing 148 pitches in outing? Not only that, but he’s actually been very good to great in all but one outing since then. It is almost like the occasional extra long outing by a non-young pitcher isn’t a big deal and maybe the MSM (and fans) could stop being frantic when an experienced guy throws 30 more pitches than is ideal once in a while….the guidelines aren’t the same for 22 yr olds as 29 yr olds.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      No kidding on the PEDs. I mean, just look how huge the guy has become!!! :-)

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        No kidding on the PEDs. I mean, just look how huge the guy has become!!!

        There’s a dirty joke in there somewhere….

    • dan1111 - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:23 AM

      I’ve never seen anyone say that a pitcher’s arm will explode every single time he throws lots of pitches. Rather, the claim is that it is a risky thing to do. The fact that Lincecum did it one time with no problem doesn’t disprove that.

      • paperlions - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:02 AM

        That was, of course, hyperbole.

        After his start there was the same tired “oh how reckless of the manager hand wringing….just like there was after Edwin Jackson’s game. None of the recent pitchers that had single high game pitch counts suffered any ill effects. The Lazy narrative followed Edwin Jackson for a few starts as he struggled (of course, he pitched worse to start the year, but people ignored that), then when he was great down the stretch people just stopped talking about it.

        The annoying thing is the confirmation bias. If a guy struggles at all after a high-pitch outing, they bring it up…but they never mention the times guys don’t struggle, which is almost all of them…or the fact that the rate of poor outings after high pitch outing is the same as the general rate of guys having poor outings.

        It is a lazy alarmist narrative with no basis and the continual ignorance of the data….because it isn’t one data point, there are many.

      • paperlions - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:29 AM

        It is just like the lazy narrative about pitchers switching from relief roles to starters getting hurt. Pitchers break and the vast majority of injuries are to pitchers, especially young pitchers, who never had a change in their role…but all of that is ignored at the expense of the “boy you knew it was going to happen because they made him a starter (ignoring that player X was a starter all of his career in the minors)” narrative.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Good to see his comeback. I wish him a fine final 2 months to the season and a great 2014 season

    I have a bone to pick regarding a completely different pitcher on the comeback trail, and Rotoworld which is a sister site to HBT and to which Matthew Pouliot is a contributor.

    This afternoon Rotoworld falsely reported that the Blue Jays have transferred Drew Hutchinson (Tommy John surgery) to Triple A Las Vegas. This is not the first time that somebody at Rotoworld had a brain cramp and claimed that Las Vegas is Toronto’s Triple A farm team. For the record, the correct answer is Buffalo. It would be nice if Rotoworld got their facts right going forward.

    • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Gasp how dare they mess us up with Vegas. We don’t gamble thaaat much now do we.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        In the past, someone at Rotoworld also reported that the Bisons are still a Mets farm team.

      • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        I’ve seen that before. Only thing good about about those years was Matt Harvey pitching every five games.

    • missthemexpos - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

  5. riverace19 - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Wow you folks have a lot to learn. Have you noticed how poorly road teams on getaway day hit? Can you name 5 starters for the Brewers right now. He did great against that AAA lineup but I’ll say it again: Timmy is not fixed! And Dan Haren is finished!

    • tuberippin - Aug 9, 2013 at 4:47 AM

      Five starters for the Brewers right now:

      * Jean Segura
      * Jonathon Lucroy
      * Carlos Gomez
      * Aramis Ramirez
      * Norichika Aoki

      not counting Rickie Weeks, who just hit the DL

  6. cubanxsenators - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Timmy’s not fixed as in just rolled off the lot as the hottest thing going, but he just might be good for another 50k.

    The extreme grain-of-salt whisper from the local in the clubhouse non-players is that Timmy’s figured out that he can’t be the kid who can walk in and ace the exam anymore and that he’s started studying (ie reading scouting reports). Again grain of salt; probable post facto explication goin’ on. But maybe.

  7. heyblueyoustink - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Matthew, I’m just thrilled your buddy Navarro isn’t horrifically dismembered or anything.

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