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Giants may take Tim Lincecum out of the starting rotation

Aug 24, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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For the third consecutive season, Tim Lincecum has an ERA of 4.37 or higher, not exactly the performance the Giants envisioned when they signed the right-hander to a two-year, $35 million deal in October 2013.

Lincecum has struggled particularly lately, posting a 9.49 ERA with a 22/15 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings over his last six starts. He has made it into the fifth inning in only two of those six starts.

As a result, the Giants could take Lincecum out of the starting rotation and move Yusmeiro Petit back in, MLB.com’s Chris Haft reports. Manager Bruce Bochy has spoken with GM Brian Sabean and pitching coach Dave Righetti, but he has not yet spoken to Lincecum about the situation.

Petit has been serving out of the bullpen and has pitched very well — he’s been perfect, in fact. The right-hander has retired all 37 batters he has faced dating back to July 26, striking out 16 in the process.

  1. baberuthslegs - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    If Tim could still get the ball DOWN he would be pretty good.
    Ball stays up, he’s gonna get hit.

  2. Carl Hancock - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Not sure what they expected. Timmy hasn’t been the same for a while. Long before the extension.

    • clydeserra - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      I am sure its not what they hoped.

      Its what everyone else envisioned, though.

      • genericcommenter - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        Yeah, I think the deal surprised everyone at the time- as he was obviously not what he used to be and not likely ever coming back. It seemed like they just wanted to reward him for past service.

      • quintjs - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        generic – more than likely too afraid he would rediscover some form elsewhere and everything would say “how could you let him leave?”

  3. jason9696 - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    He’s up and down like a yo-yo. Hasn’t he had two no-hitters in the last two years?

    • clydeserra - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      yes. against the padres, which is like facing 9 Yunesky Bettencourts.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        The Padres aren’t an offensive juggernaut by any means, but to discredit a no-hitter against them is silly. If it’s so easy, why haven’t other people been doing it in droves?

      • clydeserra - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        sure, but by the same token, throwing a no hitter, or 2, doesn’t make you a good pitcher

  4. karlkolchak - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    I was at Saturday’s game–Lincecum failed to hit 90 on the radar gun and wasn’t locating his pitches. The Nats’ hitters just waited for him to throw a strike and then teed off on it.

    • NatsLady - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Yeah, sort of like what the Giants did with Stras today–except he was 96-97.

  5. NatsLady - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Petit hasn’t been a bargain when he’s started. He’s great the first time through the lineup, but the 2nd and 3rd times… not so much. Gave up 7 earned in his most recent start (July 22).

    He has however, had a string of like 38 consecutive batters retired (a hidden perfect game)… The Giants could have used him today. But they used him four innings yesterday, so they had to turn to the likes of Affeldt, Machi and Gutierrez. Those guys don’t have the ERAs today that they had yesterday. Amazing win for the Nats.

  6. SocraticGadfly - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Colon’s out there on the waiver wire … old vet, fits the Sabean profile!

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