Tim Lincecum Wins First Start for the Angels
Tim Lincecum won his first start for the Angels tonight. He was good, allowing one run in six innings pitched, but he wasn’t that good, walking two and striking out only two.
Like most Giants fans, there is a special place in my heart for Timmy, and I’m certainly rooting for him to come back and have a late career surge that makes him a possible Hall of Fame candidate. However, my left brain says it’s just not going to happen.
Everything I’ve seen so far in Tim’s comeback from last year’s hip surgery says to me that Tim is the basically the same guy he was before the injury: a pitcher who once had great stuff who really knew how to pitch but didn’t have the greatest command due to a pitching motion that provided great deception but was hard to replicate consistently, but now has below average stuff with the same problematic command but is still major league useful because of his deception and his inherent ability to pitch.
His first start with the Angels is, in my mind, entirely consistent with a guy who can still no-hit a team like the Padres, but who is going to struggle against teams with more than two elite hitters because his stuff and his command just aren’t good enough.
I will certainly keep rooting for Tim, particularly when he can beat an NL West team in inter-league play, and not at all when it can somehow cost the Giants anything.
Tim is perfect for the 2016 Angels, a team desperate for starting pitching. I expect Tim to be better than any other option the Angels have for at least the next couple of months. You can look at their AAA pitchers at Salt Lake City and see for yourself.