On Monday night, for the third time in his three starts this season, Tim Lincecum gave up a pile of first-inning runs. The opening frame has been a nightmare for Tim so far. He allowed four runs in the first inning to Philly this week, two to Colorado last week, and three to Arizona in the opener.
Check out Lincecum's situational stats page and just look at what opposing hitters have done to him within the first 30 pitches: 21 total batters faced, nine hits, three doubles, a triple, two homers, two walks. That's ridiculous. If Santiago Casilla is indeed the Giants closer, they might want to begin using him to navigate the first inning whenever Lincecum takes the hill.
We know these are dark times for Timmy. We also know that his fastball is sitting at 90-91 mph. That's a tick below last year's average velocity (92.3), but not far from where he was in 2010 (91.3), when he struck out 231. Let's recall that his change-up is a killer pitch; he's not a guy who needs to throw 95-97. Still, a few extra miles-per-hour can provide a nice margin for error. Right now, when Lincecum makes a mistake with his fastball, the pitch gets drilled. Or he misses his target by two feet and the batter hits the dirt. Either way, it's a bad result.Read More »from Freaked? Let’s hear your plan, Tim Lincecum owner