It would have put to rest so many questions if Tim Lincecum had just come out and had a strong spring. Not even a dominating spring or a return-to-Cy-Young-form spring.
Just a promising one. Just good enough that the San Francisco Giants could say, “OK, there’s some of the old Tim Lincecum we used to know. That’s one thing we don’t have to worry about right now.”
That hasn’t happened this spring and it definitely didn’t happen Saturday, as Lincecum struggled in three innings against the Oakland Athletics. Before Saturday’s start, Lincecum had given up eight runs in 7 2/3 innings. A blister on his middle finger caused him to miss two starts.
Things didn’t get better against the A’s. Lincecum gave up five run on six hits and three walks, taking the L in the Giants’ 12-5 defeat. His spring ERA? It’s in the double digits — 10.97.
Most of carnage was his own fault. Lincecum got too deep into counts and lacked command.
“Some good moments,” Lincecum said, “and some pretty bad ones. Letting batters get away and not finishing guys off. That’s a little rough. Outside of that, I had the strikeouts. Stuff was moving around pretty well. It just goes back to location.”
Posted: March 24, 2013 at 07:03 AM | 20 comment(s)
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