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Languishing Lincecum

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum seemed to have fully turned the corner last week when he shut out the Rockies for 6 1/3 innings and earned his sixth straight quality start. But it was only a mirage.

Lincecum was torched for seven earned runs in just four innings Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks, falling to 10-15 on the year with a 5.15 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. He fanned three but walked four and surrendered a total of five hits as San Francisco wound up losing 7-2.

That ugly 5.15 ERA ranks dead last among pitchers who qualify for the ERA title and it’s by far the worst mark that Lincecum has posted at any stage of his career. He will carry major question marks into the postseason, and also into next spring. The Giants owe him a whopping $22 million salary in 2013. And while his strikeout rate remains spectacular, he’s sure to fall out of the first round in all mixed league fantasy drafts.

Darvish Down With Neck Stiffness

The Rangers scratched right-hander Yu Darvish from his scheduled Tuesday start against the A’s only a couple hours before first pitch because of neck stiffness. It’s not believed to be a serious issue, but the outing has not been rescheduled. Which means the 26-year-old Japanese import might only have one regular-season start left.

Scott Feldman took the mound in his place, throwing four innings of two-run ball in the Rangers’ extra-innings loss.

Darvish has posted a 3.90 ERA and 1.27 WHIP through his first 28 major league starts, fanning 214 batters in 184 2/3 innings. His lack of consistency has been a disappointment for the Rangers, who spent more than $111 million on his this offseason, but his astronomical strikeout numbers have kept him near ace status in fantasy leagues.

National League Quick Hits: The Giants are not expected to welcome Melky Cabrera back from his PED suspension for a potential NLCS or World Series run … Giancarlo Stanton (intercostal strain) is likely to return on Wednesday … Buster Posey tallied his 99th RBI in Tuesday night’s loss to the Diamondbacks … Rockies rookie catcher Wilin Rosario hit his 27th home run of the season in Tuesday’s rain-shortened win over the Cubs … Frank Francisco (elbow) was unable to play catch on Tuesday afternoon and is likely to be shut down for the remainder of the season … Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has reached the 30-homer plateau … Freddie Freeman hit a walkoff two-run homer in Tuesday’s comeback win against the Marlins … David Wright slugged his 20th home run and climbed to 88 RBI in the Mets’ loss to the Pirates on Tuesday night … Reds ace Johnny Cueto limited the Brewers to two runs over seven innings Tuesday to collect his 19th win of the season … Michael Bourn (thumb) could return to the Braves’ lineup Wednesday … Jaime Garcia fanned five batters over seven scoreless innings Tuesday in the Cardinals’ defeat of the Astros … Todd Helton (hip) intends to return for the 2013 season … Ryan Ludwick is still day-to-day with a minor groin strain … Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay stole his 19th base of the season on Tuesday in Houston … Kris Medlen struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter Tuesday in a no-decision against the Marlins … Mets outfielder Jason Bay is day-to-day with a stiff back … Darin Ruf went deep for the first time in his major league career Tuesday as the Phillies bested the Nationals … David Freese (ankle) is not expected to return to action until Friday … Jack Wilson has retired from baseball after a 12-year career.

American League Quick Hits: Rays ace David Price racked up 13 strikeouts in a complete-game victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Fenway Park … Glen Perkins earned his 15th save of the season as the Twins topped the Yankees on Tuesday … Nick Markakis is scheduled to have the screws removed from his surgically-repaired thumb next week … Tigers slugger Prince Fielder collected his 104th RBI of the season Tuesday in a win over the Royals … Josh Willingham will likely be sidelined until Friday with a sore left shoulder …  Anibal Sanchez pitched his first shutout of the 2012 season Tuesday night against the Royals … Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder) could return to Boston’s starting lineup on Wednesday … The Yankees activated Brett Gardner from the disabled list Tuesday but plan to use him merely as a pinch-runner and defensive sub down the stretch … Yan Gomes tallied a pair of hits and drove in a run Tuesday in the Blue Jays’ defeat of Orioles … Rays catcher Jose Molina is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a right quadriceps strain … Coco Crisp (eye) hit in a batting cage Tuesday and could return to the A’s starting lineup on Wednesday … Zack Greinke racked up a season-high 13 strikeouts Tuesday as the Angels beat the Mariners … Russ Canzler homered for a second straight day in the Indians’ defeat of the White Sox on Tuesday … Orioles left-hander Randy Wolf is scheduled to visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum later this week for an examination of his sore pitching elbow … The White Sox pushed Jake Peavy’s next start back to Thursday … David Ortiz reportedly wants a multi-year deal from the Red Sox … Angels closer Ernesto Frieri is up to 21 saves.

Drew Silva is a baseball editor for Rotoworld and also contributes on NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. He can be found on Twitter.
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