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I doubt that [Lincecum] is done. He made 33 starts and struck out more than a batter an inning. I don't see a breakdown; he just didn't have the command and control needed to succeed. He may need to re-tool his pitch selection, probably has some mechanical issues. He threw 52% fastballs this year, which is very, very low. In 2009 he threw 5% sliders; this year it was 17%. His slider isn't that good, frankly, that he should be throwing it more than once an inning. And, because the fast ball is the easiest pitch to control, throwing 48% off-speed stuff would cause command and control issues for almost any pitcher, I would think.
It's not unlike Zito, honestly. Zito in 2002 had that tremendous curve ball, and in 2010-2011 he had basically stopped throwing it, which I never understood. You would ask people what was going on with that, and we would hear that it was some physical issue that "he just can't get on top of his curve ball the way he used to." There is a lot in baseball that I don't understand, and that's on the list. This seems like a similar problem: you've got a former Cy Young winner who is not throwing his best pitches, and no one can really explain why in terms that make any sense.
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