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Tim Lincecum got the loss today. I know because I listened to the game on radio while driving — it’s amazing how far KNBR reaches. On Comcast on Monday, Barry Tompkins asked Dan Dibley and me if Lincecum is all the way back. Dibley said yes. I said I was still cautious. I guess I was right. This is not to put down Dan. I’m crazy about Dan. It’s just that I’m older and I’ve learned the virtue of caution.

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  1. Stan

    Even worse-it was only 61F at gametime…and by the third Lincecum was sucking air. He’s malnourished or something. Winded in the third?
    He’s not healthy.

    July 25th, 2012 7:16 pm

  2. Johnc

    Yeah, two good starts and now back to the worst pitcher in baseball. Send him to the minors to see if he can get his mojo back. He is hurting this team and his teammates. The fans pay good money to see results. If he cannot pitch like he belongs then right now he does not belong. That goes for Brandon Belt who until he got a double in the ninth today was 2 for 37. Totally unacceptable. If you don’t produce on this level then you will be gone and somebody will replace you. You can always redeem yourself and be called back up but you have to demonstrate that you have improved to be given another chance. Nobody is questioning Lincecum’s heart and competitive nature. He should realize more than anyone that his performance is not cutting it .If he gets sent down I truly hope he fixes the problem and comes back strong.

    July 26th, 2012 12:18 am

  3. Stan

    I’m getting suspicious of Huff’s absence. When the Giants say “He once again is in rehab”..I wonder what kind of rehab?

    July 26th, 2012 10:14 am

  4. Paul C. Garrett

    Lincecum physically reminds me of a young Pedro Martinez. His stuff a couple years ago was also very similar. The career paths are no longer on the same track … Pedro put on weight as he got older … Timmy, well, he needs a chimichanga.

    July 26th, 2012 10:22 am

  5. lance w

    Great post Paul!

    July 26th, 2012 11:26 am

  6. Tiburon Dave

    I’m mystified at the lack of discipline the Giants tolerate with respect to the physical fitness of their players…

    The Lincecum and Huff issues constitute over 30 million in this year’s payroll…

    Meanwhile Sandoval…a 25 year old professional athlete…pulls a hamstring while stretching to catch a ball at first base…

    The Giants looked the other way when Bonds and others turned the clubhouse into a pharmacy…now they turn the other way when some of their best players load up on beer and twinkies…

    What is the problem?

    July 26th, 2012 12:53 pm

  7. Lo Sbandato

    Interesting that his two good recent starts immediately followed a lot of talk about skipping his spot in the rotation or even booting him to the minors. Apparently that pressure worked for him, but when it eased, he fell apart.
    BTW, I just started watching the game when he threw three straight pitches well off target, and then he hangs one that gets belted to make it 5-1. It was easy to see that coming, and it killed the Giants. Again. If Lincecum’s not ahead in the count, he’s toast.
    BTW BTW, they were roping Penny’s pitches too, he just got lucky that some of them were right at Giant players.

    July 26th, 2012 1:22 pm

  8. Mark M

    If you’ve learned the virtue of caution, you should give it more time. One bad start never means nearly as much as people want to make of it. Trust me Lowell, you are not too old to be learning things.

    July 26th, 2012 3:30 pm

  9. Frank in Minnesota

    Wow…now i will forever think of the Taco Bell and Tim….thanks Paul!!

    July 26th, 2012 3:33 pm

  10. Stan

    And Shark Dave, dont forget Zito as Bruce Jenkin wrote last year,wasn’t in good shape. Huff of course played last year with a beer gut.
    Teams cant spend enough for players…then dont even ask as much as a weight limit. How many Warriors have been too skinny?..no weight lifting. Curry’s bad ankle..is lanky like the rest of the man. No urge to do a Jeremy Lin and body build.

    July 26th, 2012 3:41 pm

  11. Lo Sbandato

    Stan – Have you ever seen Steph Curry’s dad? Or his brother? Some folks are just genetically unable to add a bunch of mass. Kareem was skinny and he played for about a century. Most NBA players are rails, that’s why the rare guys built like LeBron are so highly sought after.

    When did Jeremy Lin become the role model for body-building? And apparently you missed his season-ending injury.

    July 26th, 2012 6:58 pm

  12. Dave T

    Apparently Tim needs some beers and a twinky though?!?

    Look, there is something not right with him period. Physical? Mental? Both? His velocity was down to 89 to 91. You just do not lose that kind of velocity overall that fast, so something is just off. He looks lost out there more often than not. He never had the focus of a Vogelsong, but he always had more than Zito. Right now I cringe when his spot in the rotation comes up, like I used too with Zito, and that’s not good.

    I keep hoping he will get right, that can be the difference maker in this stretch run. We will just have to see.

    July 27th, 2012 8:18 am

  13. Stan

    In 2010 was when I wrote my suspicions of JaMarcus Russel..the depression,the tendency to have an addictive personality. One other thing I pointed out..that JaMarcus at 22 or 23 would sweat profusely half way through the FIRST quarter and he would be gasping for air on the sidelines after the first drive of the game. That might have been the effects of his purple drank addiction..basically NyQuil with Codeine.
    Lincecum as we all see sweats very early..1st or second innings at a times.
    Something to think about as his weight loss could also be side effects.

    July 27th, 2012 5:01 pm

  14. Stan

    You could also equate Lincecums lack of control with Russell’s poor completion average AND that huge fumbling problems. Its hard to get a good feel for the ball if your self medicated numb.

    July 27th, 2012 5:03 pm

  15. lameduck

    10 – 0. I’m fretting…
    Hanley Ramirez..

    July 28th, 2012 9:53 pm

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