A very succinct "End of Tim" post from the guys at Raising (Matt) Cain --
It was the shortest outing of his career but it felt plenty long to me.
Tim Lincecum lasted a paltry 1 1/3 innings and picked up a well
deserved loss as the doggers avoided the sweep and stayed in first with
an easy 10-2 victory. The highly vaulted LA offense broke out on a
Father's Day matchup that is best forgotten but may well have long term
Lincecum sure did not give his father
much of a present (1.1 innings, 7 hits, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, 2
strikeouts). To be fair, Tim did look very good TO THE FIRST TWO
BATTERS and then it all fell apart. Wild pitches, fat 0-2 pitches,
basically pitches that he had no idea where they were going. I'm not a
pitching coach but I'm pretty sure that is not a good thing.
Considering two starters are likely to return this week, I can not
conceive of a worse time for Tim to lay such a turd. In what universe
can we possibly leave Tim in the starting rotation now? Granted Petit
looked just as bad tonight (3.2 innings, 5 runs on 4 homers!) but Vogie,
Heston and Hudson have all been sharp. We just have too many starters
for Lincecum to stay. However, we also have too much bullpen depth to
find a place for Tim too. I mean do we really think that Tim can handle
the current Strickland role? And we send down Strickland just because he
has options left? I suppose Petit may have played himself out of a
bigger role with the batting practice that he threw tonight. So Tim can
take over the garbage/long role....except what about Vogelsong? So many
questions, so few answers.
I do not truly
believe that the Age of Tim is over, even though I used the provocative
title. But I do think it is safe to say we are entering another era in
the amazing career of Tim Lincecum. Is this the beginning of the
end....or another exciting new role? What do you think?