Tim Lincecum will not finish his career a Giant

Posted: April 17, 2012 by vindanton in Pro Sports

By: Vin D’Anton

When he graced Major League Baseball in 2008, Tim Lincecum became one of the most beloved players by young baseball fans. With his hipster clothes, cool hair and “dude” like attitude, he seems like the guy who would be your friend.

In 2008 and 2009, Lincecum won the Cy Young…and in 2010, he had a stellar post season helping lead the Giants to their first World Series title in San Francisco.  The 27 year old has been on top of the world.

After losing 14 games in 2011, a career low in strikeouts and loss of velocity, you have to wonder what the future holds for the unorthodox pitcher.

The foundation of the San Francisco Giants is their ace and he made the team relevant again with his dominance.

2008: 18-5, 2.62 ERA, 265 K’s   2009: 15-7, 2.48 ERA, 261 K’s   2010: 16-10, 3.43 ERA, 231 K’s   2011: 13-14, 2.74 ERA, 220 K’s

Lincecum has started off 2012 in a brutal fashion, getting nearly rocked in three games and posting a 10.54 ERA; meanwhile, two other Giant pitchers are shining. Those two pitchers are serving a huge role in Lincecum’s future because they are becoming viable and safe options.

They have signed long-term extensions, while Lincecum is on a two year, $40.5 million dollar deal. Those pitchers are Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner.

The 22-year old Bumgarner who had that memorable performance in Game 4 of that World Series, is ready to burst onto the baseball scene, and GM Brian Sabean knew it. Yesterday, Bumgarner was signed to a five-year extension worth $35 million.

Then there is the extremely underrated Cain, a modern day Bert Blyleven; since joining the league in 2006, he has had the least run support in the major leagues. His worst ERA came in his rookie season; a 4.15 ERA. Cain has no hitter stuff; having thrown three one hitter’s in his career, and the Giants made him a priority as well. On April 2, 2012, Cain became the richest right-hander in baseball. He signed a six-year extension worth $127.5 million.

“The Freak” turned down a Cain like offer in January, and baseball writer Jon Heyman thinks Lincecum could have his eyes set on being the first $200 million dollar pitcher in history.

Sorry Timmy, but unless you go on some ridiculous hot streak and throw 240 strikeouts, win 18 or more games, and get your velocity back up, you won’t be shown the money by Sabean…maybe your hometown Mariners will scrap up whatever they have left after wasting money on a stadium which will never sell out. Oh, and we’ve all seen how true NL pitchers do in the AL.

Lincecum knows his velocity is down and he should have taken the money while it was on the table. His mental game has to be effected by the Cain and now Bumgarner deal. It’d be shocking if they traded him, but this could end ugly and Lincecum most likely will not be a Giant in two years.

vindanton@gmail.com   @VinDanton

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