Tim Lincecum Was a Playoff Beast and Hopes San Francisco Is Smoking

Was there a better pairing between player and city than Tim Lincecum and San Francisco? The diminutive pitcher went from Cy Young winner to World Series stud with stellar pitching in October. Lincecum tossed eight innings of one-run ball allowing just three hits while striking out 10 in a Game 5 win over the Rangers. He went 2-0 in the World Series, beating Texas stud Cliff Lee twice.

Lincecum was 4-1 in the playoffs with a 2.43 ERA, .188 batting average against, 43 strikeouts and just nine walks. He beat Derek Lowe, Roy Halladay, and Lee both times making this article look foolish. Timmy went head-to-head with some of the best pitchers in baseball and beat them all to win the World Series.

Asked after the clincher how he hopes San Francisco would be celebrating he answered “Just a lot of craziness I’m hoping. Lot of beer flowing … smoke in the air I’m hoping …”

With the way Giants fans have been acting throughout the entire World Series, I’m sure there was plenty of smoke in the air. And like I said, he fits in with the team perfectly. Lincecum should take some time to celebrate — he certainly earned it.

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Tim Lincecum Drops Another Celebratory F-Bomb (Video)

If TV channels didn’t already know to keep a live mic away from Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, then they just learned it again the hard way. A week after dropping an f-bomb during an interview after the Giants won the NL West, TBS cameras showed Lincecum celebrating San Francisco’s go-ahead run with another choice cuss word.

I believe that was a “F*** yeah! Shut up!” coming out of the pitcher’s mouth. Even though Lincecum should have known to watch his mouth for the interview a week ago, I blame TBS for airing this one. Do they expect the players to keep their language clean in the dugout during a game, particularly when the team just scored a huge run? That’s completely on them and another reminder why I can’t stand all these in-game features.

Tim Lincecum Drops F-Bomb on Live TV During NL West Celebration (Video)

Tim Lincecum has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the National League over the past few years.  He’s won two Cy Young Awards in his three full seasons as a starter, but never pitched in the postseason.  After the Giants clinched the NL West on Sunday, The Freak was understandably excited to be given an opportunity to pitch in his first ever playoff game.  He was more than ready for his first champagne shower.  Comcast SportsNet probably wishes he was slightly less excited.  Check out the Tim Lincecum f-bomb video, which is, of course, NSFW:

The mouth on this guy, huh?  First the effin juiced ball b.s at Coors Field and now this.  Good for him, though.  He’s one of those pitchers that could be really exciting to watch in the playoffs.

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Tim Lincecum Complains About Juiced Ball B.S. at Coors Field

Giants broadcaster Jon Miller caused a stir when he said the Rockies stopped using humidor baseballs late in innings to give themselves an advantage if they were losing. Tim Lincecum apparently agrees.

The Giants ace was perfect through five innings at Coors Field and wound up going eight innings of two-hit ball for the win on Friday night. Colorado’s only run came in the 6th, the same inning in which Lincecum complained about getting a juiced ball from the umpire.

After getting a ball from the umpire, Timmy threw it back, asking for a new ball. Then, he muttered to himself, “****in juiced ball bull****.”

We don’t know if the Rockies really were juicing their balls, but we do know that Lincecum isn’t headed for the bullpen anytime soon despite what a scout said.

NL Playoff Preview and Players to Watch

Also check out Alan Hull’s AL Playoff Preview

As the season wraps up and the National League contenders begin to separate themselves from one another, here is a look at some key players to watch down the stretch and through October.


Derrek Lee: There is no better way to add zeroes to the back of your next contract than to perform in the post-season when the stakes are the highest and all of baseball is watching. Lee will be looking to sign one last lucrative contract after this season. He had an opportunity to reinvent himself upon being traded to Atlanta, with the hopes he would replace some of the production lost when Chipper Jones went down. Lee responded by hitting a decent .289/.375/.433 since the trade. He will get another chance to start over in October and a few big hits will go a long way for his financial future.

Tommy Hanson: Tim Hudson has had a big season for the Braves, but has faded a bit down the stretch. Hanson, however, is the Braves most talented pitcher and has flown under the radar due to a mediocre win-loss record. This post-season may be a coming-out party for the 23-year-old future ace.

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Scout: Lincecum Will End Up in Bullpen

Few pitchers have enjoyed a better start to a career than Tim Lincecum. The 26-year-old won the Cy Young Award in his first two full seasons in the bigs, leading the league in strikeouts both years. 2010 however has been an entirely different story.

Lincecum lost all five of his starts in August, posting an ugly 7.82 ERA during the month to forget. For the first time in his career, he lost three starts in a row. People speculated about the reasons for Lincecum’s poor performance. Some attributed the struggles to having a new catcher, a drop in velocity, or poor conditioning — which is what manager Bruce Bochy said.

Whatever the reason, many people are down on the former Cy Young winner. In a good, wide-ranging notes column, Ken Rosenthal shares this item from a scout who said about Lincecum, “It will be an interesting question this winter: Where is he? What does he have left? I think he’ll end up in the bullpen.”

From Cy Young winner to just being a bullpen arm? Does that mean the scout thinks Lincecum will have arm trouble and lose durability? Even if his pitching has fallen off, I can’t imagine Lincecum becoming a reliever any time over the next few years. He’s not what he was the last two years, but that seems too extreme to me.

Regardless, we know one thing is for certain: there isn’t much more fragile than a pitcher’s arm. We’ve learned that countless times over the past few years.

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Tim Lincecum Angling for Cy Young Award, Giants Ruining Him in Meantime?

We’re getting to that point in the season where there are fewer and fewer games available for standings and stats to change. We have a pretty good idea who’s going to make the playoffs in both leagues, and I have a pretty good idea to whom I would award all the regular season hardware. I’d still go with Carlos Quentin as my AL MVP, Albert Pujols as NL MVP, Cliff Lee as runaway AL Cy Young, and Tim Lincecum as the NL Cy Young winner. I really hope voters don’t just look at Brandon Webb’s win total and give it to him — that would be shortsighted, albeit typical. Lincecum has a better win/loss percentage, better ERA, more innings per start, more strikeouts, fewer hits allowed — he’s just been the best pitcher in the NL this year. Before Brandon Webb stalled on win No. 19 and started to implode, Lincecum’s chances to win were much slimmer. Webb’s shoddy performance opened the door, but the Giants have also bent over backwards to help Lincecum try to win the Award. And they may have gone too far.

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