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I wrote the other day that Tim Lincecum pitches just fine until he has a crack-up inning. His crack-up inning tonight was the 6th in Miami. He gave up 5 runs and looked, well, bad. What is going on? He was throwing 93 mph and seemed to have good stuff. I’m confused. I think his problems must be mental, but I’m not really sure.

So, I ask you this. Did Bochy leave him in too long? Lincecum was distinctly vulnerable in the fifth. It could have been prudent to take Lincecum out before the disastrous 6th inning.

I do not think Bochy left him in too long. Bochy is not playing fantasy baseball. He is playing real baseball and he was trying to build up Lincecum’s confidence. It would have been bad to yank Lincecum after five. So, Bochy did the right thing and it turned out horribly.

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  1. Ukiah Tony

    Brian Sabean should reload the farm system by trading away Tim Lincecum, he is so detrimental to the starting 5 that right when the Giants are about to make a run Lincecum starts and has blow up inning every game.

    Everyone knows Lincecum can’t hold onto the way he pitches forever the way he’s built. Why not trade him now, and get 2 or 3 top prospects to load back up? Because the Giants are good right now but, lack any young guys to look forward to.

    May 25th, 2012 6:53 pm

  2. Ukiah Tony

    If Lincecum wasn’t on the Team this year, the Giants would be 8 or 9 games above .500 instead of 3…

    May 25th, 2012 6:56 pm

  3. Stan

    Yeah,but it was a herky jerky 93..most of the time he was well under that..and all else was in the 80′s. I thought it was kind of strange he wore an undershirt that was soaked in sweat…he wasn’t like a highly conditioned athlete,he was like an athlete at the breaking point with more than half the game to go. You know, people who are anorexic..often wear extra layers of clothes to look filled out…

    And Bochy just left him out to die…sure in any good Lincecum year you give him plenty of slack..but this year? Bochy had nobody ready? Thats a grade F manager mistake..huge. Everybody agrees-Dems and Repubs.

    May 25th, 2012 7:40 pm

  4. Johnc

    Now that Zitto has returned to his own form Lincecum and Zitto are mirror images of one another. They specialize in blow up innings. The fact that Lincecum weighs 163 pounds is troubling. He is physically compromised. I heard on the radio that Righetti said he was not in shape. He was sweating profusely in that final 6th inning. Something is wrong with his body or his head or both.

    May 25th, 2012 9:36 pm

  5. Johnc

    old form

    May 25th, 2012 9:39 pm

  6. mike

    Since Righetti is the pitching coach and in charge of the pitcher’s conditioning and work between starts and Lincecum is a pitcher, and if Righetti says Lincecum is not in shape, then Righetti has to take some responsibilitiy and accountability because he needs to put together a schedule for between starts that gets “little Timmy” in shape.

    Tough to pitch yourself into shape during the season because the team will be suffering while you are attempting to accompolish what you should have done prior to and during spring training.

    Lincecum obviously needs some help and maybe even some sessions with a sports psychologist to assist in sorting out and defining his inner demons because at this current pace he and the team are headed for a very sub-par season.

    May 26th, 2012 8:37 am

  7. mjgpromo

    Yes. After five decent innings he should have been pulled. His track record this year proves that move to be the correct one.

    After three or four innings Timmy should be on the shortest of leashes.

    Tim has won two CY Young awards and he deserves better treatment from the negative fans.

    He has to add weight.

    The Giants might be doing him a favor and put him on the 15 day disabled list and send him to a Fat farm to gain weight.

    May 26th, 2012 9:07 am

  8. Dave T

    Something is simply not right. I can’t seem to put a finger on it, but something is simply off. Delivery? Fitness? Mental approach? Something. He still has flashes of brilliance that make you want to believe he is ready to turn the corner, to want to hold on. But I am starting to wonder if that is what we are going to be left with, simply flashes of brilliance. Cain, Vogelsong and Baumgarner are simply stellar and all three should be headed to Kansas City for the summer classic, along with Cabrerra and I dare say Posey. Sandoval would have been there too had he not been injured. Getting a healthy Panda back will very much add to the lineup and give them some more punch and make Posey, Cabrerra and Pagan even better. If Lincecum can get at all back into form, you have to like their chances.

    Then again, something just isn’t right…..

    May 26th, 2012 10:31 am

  9. chris

    not Bochy’s fault………..the bullpen was used up from the past few games, Timmy was pitching fine and shoulduv been able to handle those weak hitters that got to him. Nobody says he’s injured but on my fantasy baseball website they say he has an injured thumb.

    May 26th, 2012 11:18 am

  10. Tiburon Dave

    Bochy is getting touchy because he didn’t get the team he expected to get and the season is slipping away.

    Among other things it’s time to release Huff…failure to leg out that drive to the wall was a disgrace and had nothing to do with emotional problems…he just dogged it…pay the man and send him home…

    It’s also time to sit Lincecum down…he’s a liability and he needs to get straightened out…pitching through it isn’t getting it done…sending him to Arizona with an Army of therapists, emotional, drug, nutritional, whatever…you’ve got over 22 million committed to this guy…fix him…

    Lastly…stop pining away for the team you hoped you’d get and manage to the strengths of the team you’ve got…the Dodgers might come back to earth…even with Magic lurking in the clubhouse…

    I love playing GM!

    May 26th, 2012 12:00 pm

  11. Stan

    When I see Lincecum interview..I see JaMarcus Russell..no smiles,no jokes, a whole lot of blankness without being able to draw up an answer.
    Similar personalitys dealing with similar problems…and weight is a result.

    May 26th, 2012 4:09 pm

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