Lincecum Provides A Brief Respite From Losing
Lincecum turned in another brilliant start yesterday. I only got the mlb highlights but of his 8 strikeouts, 7 of them came on specialty pitches–the final K was a fastball. It seems Timmy has finally stopped trying to blow everyone away and for that, we’re all happy he’s caught up and decided to start pitching instead of throwing.
Since his July 8th start he’s rediscovered his strikeouts and, aside from the post-no hitter game which is an easy one to dismiss, he’s been nothing short of Cy Young-esque. In those 5 starts he’s pitched 38 innings and given up a measly 6 ER. He has 37 K’s vs only 9 walks. Not surprisingly, considering who’s hitting on his team, he only has 2 wins over this great stretch of pitching. To get those 2 wins he had to pitch a no-hitter and a 1 hitter (over 8 innings), that’s hilarious to me, maybe not to everyone else…..
Unless he totally falls apart the rest of the way, this almost guarantees that he gets a 2-4 year deal from someone–probably at least 15-17 million a year. SO, enjoy Timmy for his few remaining starts with us. there is little to chance (as I handicap it) that he re-signs with us or takes that qualifying offer. He’s already re-established his value, at least enough for another couple of teams to bid against themselves to give him a deal like the ones I suggested above……