He is known for his unique pitching style. But San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is quickly becoming one of the best pitchers the game has seen in a long time.
What Lincecum does is amazing. With a long stride and unorthodox mechanics, he has the ability to generate high velocity and unhittable stuff despite his 5’11”, 172-pound frame. Those mechanics earned him the nickname “The Freak” because it seems impossible to throw like that. However, he does every 5th day and does it effectively.
One thing you can’t argue is the fact that Lincecum gets results. He’s won the last 2 NL Cy Young Awards and averaged over 15 wins in each of the last 3 years. In Game 1 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, he struck out 14 in the 1-0 complete game win. Lincecum is establishing the reputation of being the big game pitcher you turn to in order to win a series.
Lincecum’s repertoire includes a 2-seam fastball that reaches into the mid-90’s, a changeup he grips like a splitter, a curveball notable for its sharp breaking action, and a slider. He also has a 4-seam fastball, but rarely uses it. A majority of his strikeouts are off the fastball, even though his curve is just flat out nasty.
Now with the Giants in the playoff spotlight, more people are able to see what baseball fans already knew. Simply put, Lincecum is arguably the best pitcher in the game. What’s scary is he shows no signs of slowing down.
Don’t bother analyzing how he does it. Just sit back and enjoy Lincecum working his magic, knowing you may never seen anything like it again.
Written by C. James