Tim Lincecum Has a Lot to Prove to the San Francisco Giants in 2013

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Tim Lincecum is one of the most interesting sports figures of today, but it’s too bad that his personality can’t win him baseball games.

The San Francisco Giants reduced Lincecum’s role on the team during the 2012 playoffs to a bullpen pitcher instead of his normal role as a starter. It was a tough pill to swallow for young Tim, but he seemed to have gotten the message loud and clear.

During the 2012 postseason, Lincecum’s ERA was an impressive 2.55 while he held opponents’ batting average to a mere .150 and striking out 20 batters.

There’s no question that the 2012 season was a complete letdown for the Giants’ 28-year-old pitcher. Lincecum had his worst season as a professional, posting a 5.18 ERA, striking out 190 batters, 10-15 record and allowing opponents to hit .257 off of him– all career-lows for seasons that he has started over 30 games.

Even though he has a career 3.31 ERA, and the year prior to his disastrous 2012 season he had a 2.74 ERA, Lincecum is still fighting for a spot in the Giants’ rotation. Although it’s seemingly a no-brainer that he will earn a spot, the former two-time Cy Young Award winner, two-time World Series champion and four-time NL All-Star has enough awards to fill an apartment, but still needs to prove his worth.

In 2013, he will be a wild-card to the Giants’ rotation and will likely have to have another sub-3.00 ERA season in order to remain a starter with this team. It’s crazy to even think that this would be an issue two years ago, but it’s all apart of the business and it has happened to successful pitchers in the past when they suffer a drought. Prime example: Dontrelle Willis.

I think he will get the job done and prove that he belongs in any major league starting rotation, especially the starting rotation of the World Series champs.

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