And John D’Acquisto knows about heat…in more ways than one.
A biomechanical engineer would answer yes; he is tired and probably burned out from overwork. It happened to me after throwing 15,000 pitches from my debut in rookie league into my first full MLB season and I was a lot bigger than Tim by a good 45 pounds with harder stuff.
...The other problem is that the last time I was told, Tim’s Dad, Chris Lincecum, was his actual pitching coach and even San Francisco Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti is not allowed to speak with Tim about his motion. From my view, it looks though the creator of Tim’s motion, his Dad, is simply unable to solve his son’s problem or alleviate the pain being generated to his knee. Sort of a sticky wicket, if you ask me.
If I am paying someone $15 Million to pitch for my team and I have a rather experienced and successful major league pitcher who is my coach, the longtime coach of the staff, the only coach the pitcher has ever known at the major-league level, then Chris should allow Righetti to help out. The Lincecums really keep it close to the vest, which in my opinion can only lead to disaster.
None of these issues will ruin Tim or change the course of his career, if they are addressed now. Neglect may cause a major injury and set him back to some degree. However, you can expect him to strike out fewer batters, allow more free passes, and flash less power than in seasons past. A pitcher does not need God-like stuff to blank opposing lineups and win ballgames. The lack of a consistent changeup, however, will eventually add to his woes when it comes to getting out the elite hitters and teams that he will have to face going forward in 2012…The major questions remain. Is it too late to fix Timmy’s woes before the playoffs begin? More important, will he seek the proper help to analyze his motion and correct the problem? These are the issues that I see.