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Five Predictions for Tim Lincecum in 2012: Fan’s Take
Without a doubt, Tim Lincecum(notes) of the San Francisco Giants is one of the most dominant pitchers out there right now. It has been that way for a few seasons, and 2012 should not be any different for him. He ended up with a 13-14 record in 2011 despite pitching brilliantly. With that in mind, things should look a lot better since the team's offense will be upgraded. Here are some predictions for Lincecum in 2012!
1. "The Freak" will achieve 200 strikeouts and 200 innings pitched for the fifth consecutive season.
Lincecum has not even come close to failing to hit both tallies in the last four seasons. He is going to do it a fifth time in 2012. Sure, an injury could come along, but there is nothing that will otherwise stop him. However, his strikeout numbers have been declining each season by a little, so he could end up barely eclipsing 200. Let us just pick this coming season as the perfect time to reverse that trend.
2. His earned run average will be under 3.00 by the end of the season.
Only two of his five seasons have ended with ERAs above 3.00, but his career figure is 2.98. He will undoubtedly perform well and lower that number even more. Of course, his high strikeout rate, low batting average against, and spectacular WHIP make that obvious. There is very little chance that his ERA is above 3.00 for very long during the season.
3. "The Franchise" will win at least 15 games over 33 or 34 starts.
In all likelihood, Lincecum will make a full season's worth of starts without any DL stints. The San Francisco Giants' offense should be upgraded, so he will definitely have more than the paltry run support he has received lately. That will definitely translate into more wins. Therefore, you can count on him winning 15 or more games with very few losses.
4. He will pitch at least one complete game shutout.
Aside from his first season, Tim Lincecum has pitched at least once complete game shutout each season for the last four years. Expect him to do it again and to add some more complete games to his resume. He is not too big on completing games since Bochy likes to use the bullpen often, but it could happen. Either way, that game will be pretty exciting to see as he mows through the opposing lineup.
5. Lincecum will end up in the top five for Cy Young voting.
Well, you could call this the boldest prediction on the list. It has been a couple years since he was last in the running for the award. He won it back in 2008 and 2009. With that in mind, he may not end up winning a third award in 2012, but he could definitely force his name into consideration with a similar performance to this past season albeit with more wins and a slightly lower ERA. Then again, Clayton Kershaw(notes) could have another monster season.
2012 will not be a disappointment for Tim Lincecum or the San Francisco Giants.
Then again, no season has really been a disappointment for "The Freak". He may have had a losing record in 2011, but every other statistic pointed to an elite starting pitcher. Do not expect him to stop being so good anytime soon. In fact, the ace of the San Francisco Giants could get even better. We will have to wait until the 2012 regular season to find out though.
For more information, visit The San Francisco Giants Site.
Derrick Williams is a fan of the San Francisco Giants and lived in the Bay Area for nearly three years.
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