Tim Lincecum Attempts to Regain Form Against New York Mets

7/31/12 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Tim Lincecum is 4-11 on the season. His ERA is 5.88. The Giants have lost the overwhelming majority of games started by him. The two-time Cy Young award winner is in the midst of the worst season of his young career and he has become the weak link in an otherwise very deep San Francisco Giants staff. 

Lincecum, however, has a perfect 4-0 record against the Mets over his last four starts when facing them. But that may not have any bearing on his current state. Timmy has been leaving pitches up and in the zone that have come back to haunt him time and time again this season. He has been able to maintain his strikeout supremacy of late, however, his inability to shut down hitters like he used to, added to his decreased velocity, has hindered his ability to keep pace with the rest of the rotation. 

July 25, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) reacts to a pitch out of the strike zone against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIREHeading into tonight's matchup, the Giants are riding a five-game losing streak and have dropped into a tie for first place in the NL West with the LA Dodgers. After acquiring Hunter Pence earlier today, the Giants are poised to receive a jolt to their offense soon, but a consistent rotation is what makes the Giants go. 

Lincecum has rebounded from an awful month of pitching in his career, but this has lasted a bit longer than a month. After being blasted in his first start of the season, Lincecum has continued to struggle. His inability to put together three consecutive quality starts is painful to watch. It's also painful for Timmy to live it. A person who has built such high expectations for his self over the course of his life has almost completely deteriorated. 

The Giants have continued faith in Lincecum and will keep throwing him out there every fifth day until he proves he has lost all confidence. Tonight will be a big test. If Timmy can put together a quality start, it will give him three out of his last four, which will be a continued step in the right direction. 

If the Giants have any hope of contending come October, Lincecum will need to find his rhythm. He has two months to get his stuff together.  And it begins tonight. 
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