Transformation of Giants’ Tim Lincecum into finesse pitcher takes another good turn
Tim Lincecum kept the impressive spring going by the Giants starting rotation.
Lincecum tossed three scoreless in a 5-0 win Friday against the Royals. Combined with Tim Hudson’s three scoreless innings on Thursday in a 3-2 win over the Angels, it gives the Giants’ rotation a 0.39 ERA for the spring (23 IP, 1 ER, 13 hits).
Lincecum gave up two hits with no walks or strikeouts (he did hit one batter). He fastball clocked at 89-91 mph.
“I’m not really too worried about trying to get it up or where it is at,” Lincecum said. “It’s all about placement. I know if I set my sights low in the zone I’ll be better off.”
It’s all part of Lincecum learning to become more of a finesse pitcher. He was efficient on Friday, throwing 35 pitches, 26 for strikes.
As Lincecum put it, he’s pitching for more “crappy contact” and worrying less about strikeouts.
“I just wanted to pound the zone a little bit more than I did,” Lincecum said. “My last game I had a batter where I threw four straight balls and I was really trying not to let that happen and attack the zone. Even if I was behind to hitters, come back and make really good pitches. That’s where my mindset was at.”
Here’s how Lincecum’s outing went Friday:
- Norichika Aoki doubles down left-field line
- Lorenzo Cain pops to first
- With Alex Gordon batting, Aoki caught stealing third
- Gordon singles to center
- Billy Butler flies to right
- Danny Valencia flies to right
- Justin Maxwell flies to center
- Brett Hayes hit by pitch
- Alcides Escobar grounds to third
- Christian Colon grounds to short
- Aoki groundsto short
- Cain pops to second
Looks like lots of crappy contact there.
Lincecum has now allowed three hits and one walk in five scoreless innings this spring. For a guy with a career spring ERA of 5.51 (10.57 last spring), that’s worth noting.
To ready more on the Freak’s approach this spring, read Andrew Baggarly’s post here.