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Tim Lincecum | Starting Pitcher

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/15/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 170
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Tim Lincecum gave up four runs in five innings in Monday's win over the Brewers.
All the damage came via the home run ball, as Lincecum gave up three of them. He had allowed just one home run in 47 2/3 innings coming into Monday's outing. Lincecum fanned four and walked three in the victory and now sits at 5-2 with a 2.56 through nine starts this season. His velocity continues to decline, as well as his strikeout and walk rates, so we expect his ERA to continue to rise. May 25 - 5:51 PM

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Tim Lincecum fired seven innings of shutout baseball against the Dodgers on Wednesday, allowing only three hits and striking out four in a 4-0 victory.

He walked two in the gem. Lincecum has been a real fantasy find to this juncture, going 4-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Because of track record and poor peripherals -- including a 36/21 K/BB rate over 47 2/3 innings -- we get anxiety about extolling his future fantasy virtue. If ever there was a week to play him, however, next week is it: A two-start gem of a matchup gift in Milwaukee and then home against Atlanta.
May 21 - 1:06 AM

Tim Lincecum yielded three runs in 4 2/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Reds.

Lincecum couldn't find the strike zone tonight, walking five, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch. He was really lucky the damage wasn't worse; with the bases loaded in the first, Jay Bruce hit a long fly that was caught to end the inning, and Javier Lopez bailed him out of a jam in the fifth. The awful control night was probably an aberration, but he's just not a very good bet in mixed leagues going forward.
May 14 - 10:40 PM

Tim Lincecum blanked the Marlins for six innings, striking out eight, in a victory Friday night.

Despite a lack of velocity, this makes three scoreless starts in six tries for Lincecum. He allowed just one run in one of the others. We still don't expect it to last, but the changeup heavy arsenal is working well for now.
May 9 - 1:45 AM

Tim Lincecum pitched eight innings of shutout baseball against the Angels on Sunday, allowing just three hits and striking out four in the 5-0 win.

Lincecum jumped into the time machine and came out pitching his best game of the season. The Angels only managed three singles in the entire contest. With the shutout, Lincecum lowered his ERA to 2.40. He holds a 1.23 WHIP and has a 20/11 K/BB ratio over 30 innings. The last time he posted an ERA lower than 4.37 was in 2011, so we're at least a little dubious of his early numbers. He'll try to keep the time machine warm for his next outing, a home start against the Marlins.
May 3 - 8:14 PM

Tim Lincecum got the loss on Monday versus the Dodgers, serving up four runs in four innings of work.

The Dodgers scored all four runs in the third inning, but Lincecum just wasn't sharp in general. He gave up eight hits and three walks while striking out only two. The right-hander still sports a productive 3.27 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and a 16/10 K/BB ratio in 22 innings. Lincecum will look for better results in his next start at home against the Angels.
Apr 28 - 1:18 AM

Sunday's game between the Giants and Rockies has been postponed due to rain.

No makeup date has been announced yet. Scheduled starters Tim Lincecum and Tyler Matzek will presumably be pushed back a day.
Apr 26 - 1:52 PM

Tim Lincecum allowed just one run over six innings to help lead the Giants past the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Lincecum worked around five hits and three walks, relenting just once in the fifth inning when Alex Guerrero plated a run with a double. The right-hander struck out five on the evening as he picked up his first win. It's been a while since Lincecum was an effective starting pitcher, but he has been solid in his first three starts, owning a 2.00 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP, and a 14/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Lincecum will face the Rockies at Coors Field in his next outing, which may prove to be a troublesome endeavor.
Apr 22 - 1:47 AM

Tim Lincecum coughed up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk in a 4-2 loss Wednesday against the Rockies.

That's more like it. Lincecum hurled seven shutout innings in his season debut against the Padres on Friday, but reverted to the Timmy we know and love Wednesday, the version you will see far more often this season. His fastball simply doesn't have the bite that facilitated Cy Young runs in 2008 and 2009. Hopefully it has enough to chomp innings in the back of the rotation for the rest of the season. Lincecum will toe the rubber Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Apr 16 - 1:07 AM

Tim Lincecum pitched seven scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Padres on Friday.

Still his lucky opponent, even if it wasn't a no-hitter: Lincecum went 5-0 with a 1.40 ERA against the Padres last season and 7-9 with a 5.39 ERA against everyone else. Lincecum was a success tonight even though he never once topped 90 on the radar guy; he averaged 89 mph with his fastball. That seems like a really bad sign, even if it worked out fine in this one.
Apr 11 - 1:27 AM

Tim Lincecum struggled again in Tuesday's Cactus League start against the Rockies, surrendering three runs on eight hits over his 5 2/3 innings.

Lincecum also issued three free passes while punching out three on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came on one swing of the bat by Nolan Arenado in the fifth inning. Despite a 6.27 spring ERA, he'll open the season as the fifth starter in the Giants' Opening Day rotation.
Mar 31 - 9:55 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Tuesday that Tim Lincecum will begin the season as the team's No. 5 starter.

Lincecum entered camp as the clear favorite for the role but then stumbled with a 6.27 ERA. Luckily for him, Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Vogelsong have been arguably just as bad or worse. Lincecum will still get strikeouts for fantasy owners, but that's all they can count on from him at this point.
Mar 31 - 7:05 PM

Tim Lincecum struck out seven but permitted four runs -- three earned -- over five innings of work Thursday against the Athletics.

He allowed four hits and walked a pair in what really was a pretty typical Lincecum performance. The right-hander has recorded 14 strikeouts over 13 Cactus League innings but also holds a 6.92 ERA. Lincecum has pitched better than Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Vogelsong, which means he'll likely begin the season in the rotation. His leash will be short, though.
Mar 26 - 11:51 PM

Tim Lincecum was effective over four innings, allowing one run, Saturday versus the Angels.

Lincecum had missed his last scheduled start due to a stiff neck, but appeared fine on Saturday. The right-hander limited the Angels to two hits and a walk but didn't record a strikeout. Lincecum will slot into the back of the Giants' rotation, but given his past results, expect the Giants to have a shorter-than-average leash on him.
Mar 21 - 8:00 PM

Tim Lincecum (neck) has been cleared to start on Saturday after getting through a bullpen session Thursday with no issues.

Lincecum has battled a stiff neck for the past week and had his last outing scratched. It appears he's making nice progress now, though, and should have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have a setback. Lincecum will be the Giants' No. 5 starter.
Mar 19 - 7:13 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Andrew Susac
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
SS1Brandon Crawford
3B1Matt Duffy
2Joaquin Arias
LF1Nori Aoki
2Travis Ishikawa
CF1Angel Pagan
2Gregor Blanco
RF1Hunter Pence
2Justin Maxwell
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Matt Cain
3Tim Hudson
4Jake Peavy
5Tim Lincecum
6Ryan Vogelsong
7Chris Heston
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sergio Romo
3Jeremy Affeldt
4Javier Lopez
5Jean Machi
6George Kontos
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Hunter Strickland