The San Francisco Giants needed to find a role for Tim Lincecum last season in the playoffs. Lincecum found himself pitching out of the bullpen and had success with it in helping the Giants win their second World Series in the last three years. Lincecum comes into the 2013 Major League Baseball season looking to regain his dominant form as a starting pitcher. Lincecum was scheduled to start his second spring training game on Saturday before being scratched because of a blister. However, there is about a month to go until Opening Day so Lincecum will have time to get his blister problems figured out.
The thing that Lincecum needs to work on besides the blister issue is how to turn around a 10-15 season from a year ago. Lincecum had been a pitcher who was nearly unhittable for four straight years before his ERA ballooned to 5.18 in 2012. Lincecum is only 29 years old and has two Cy Young awards under his belt so he knows how to pitch and pitch well. It all comes down to confidence and making a change or two.
Lincecum cut his trademark long hair this offseason and while he looks like he’s about 12 years old with the short hair, maybe that little change can fix his karma. There is no way that Lincecum will be as bad in 2013 as he was last season. San Francisco is too good of a team behind him it appears to allow another bad season to occur. I would expect Lincecum to get back to 15-18 wins and an ERA around 3.25 this season as the Giants try to repeat as champions.