LINCECUM STRUGGLES AS GIANTS LOSE OPENER

Is there something wrong with The Freak? The Giants’ offense gave Tim Lincecum a few runs of support but the two-time Cy Young award winner had already spotted the Diamondbacks three first-inning runs. The final result was a 5-4 win for the defending NL west champs over the Giants.

Lincecum was anything but sharp. Not only did he give up six hits and five earned runs over 5 1/3 innings, the D-backs  hit the ball hard. Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt went deep in the first. Young’s blast, following a leadoff hit by Willie Bloomquist, gave Lincecum and ERA of infinity, as the two-run shot came before an out had been recorded.

Worse yet, Lincecum’s fastball topped out at 91.4 mph. Overall, the results on BrooksBaseball.net aren’t pretty.

The Giants got the offense they were looking for from acquisitions Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera. Buster Posey got back in the groove in the batter’s box and behind the plate. Four runs are pretty good considering this club’s offensive malaise from last year.

But Lincecum’s outing has to be disturbing. The bell rang and he wasn’t ready. What does that mean?

Ok, it’s early. Let’s see where this goes. Mariano Rivera got rocked today too. But  Lincecum isn’t in the waning days of his career. He is supposed to be an ace. Today, he didn’t have the juice to battle Ian Kennedy on even terms. We’ll have to wait for his next turn to see if diminished velocity and leaving pitches up are trending for The Freak.

 

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