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Yet Lincecum also ruminated on the subject of control, and accepting what is out of his sphere of influence.
“Yeah, sometimes you over-think,” he said. “You’re like, `Well, maybe I should stop worrying about things I can’t control.’ And there are times out there where you’re trying to control everything because as a pitcher the game starts with you.
“It’s the fine line of letting your defense do the work and controlling what you can control and eliminating the rest.”
All of this was so much easier when Lincecum was throwing 94-96 mph and was leading the league in strikeouts. He was at 90-92 mph in that stressful first inning, and worked anywhere from 89-91 after that. To strike out the same number of batters, it stands to reason that he’ll need to expand the zone. But that’s a temptation he finds himself resisting, too.
“Definitely, it’s making those better two-strike pitches,” Lincecum said. “In the back of my mind I think I can’t waste too many pitches because I’m aware that I walked a s—-load of batters last year. So it’s that fine line of knowing when you can throw a bad pitch or a waste pitch, and I’m still learning that.”
Posted: April 17, 2012 at 04:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
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