Lincecum ready for uncharted waters
Giants ace to make postseason debut in Game 1
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum struggled through an awful August, tinkered with his mechanics and, for the first time in his baseball career, dealt with adversity this season.Although it took longer than Lincecum and the Giants would have liked, the 26-year-old starter regained his Cy Young Award-caliber stuff and now is ready to lead the Giants in their first postseason in seven years.
Lincecum (16-10, 3.43 ERA) will take the mound Thursday against the Braves in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, a playoff rookie facing postseason veteran Derek Lowe (16-12, 4.00), who will start for the Braves.Game time is 6:30 p.m. PT, live on TBS. "Obviously, it's a great opportunity for us, and it's been awhile for the Giants organization, and first for myself, first for a lot of these guys," Lincecum said Wednesday at AT&T Park before the Giants held a workout. "We're going to try to take it all in. Obviously, not try to be too wide-eyed about it, and try to stick to our game and try and treat it just like any other game." Although Lincecum has yet to pitch in the postseason, he is no stranger to the bright lights that come with the national stage. In 2009, he was chosen to start the All-Star Game in St. Louis, but his pitching line -- two runs (one earned) in two innings -- wasn't what was expected from one of the game's top young arms.
- 2010 Regular Season
- Overall: 33 GS, 16-12, 4.00 ERA, 61 BB, 136 Ks
- Overall: 33 GS, 16-10, 3.43 ERA, 76 BB, 231 Ks
- Key stat: Five consecutive wins
- Key stat: 231 Ks, 3rd in MLB
- 2010: N/A
Career: 21 G (10 GS), 5-5, 3.33 ERA
- 2010: N/A
- At AT&T PARK
- 2010: 1 GS, 1-0, 1.50 ERA Career: 8 GS, 5-1, 1.98 ERA
- 2010: 17 GS, 9-7, 3.69 ERA Career: 62 GS, 30-15, 3.06 ERA
- Against this opponent
- 2010: 2 GS, 2-0, 2.38 ERA Career: 17 GS, 7-5, 3.02 ERA
- 2010: 2 GS, 1-1, 3.38 ERA Career: 8 GS, 6-2, 2.89 ERA
- Loves to face: Jose Guillen (3-for-20, 7 Ks)
Hates to face: Aubrey Huff (10-for-40, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs)
- Loves to face: Rick Ankiel (2-for-12, 3 Ks)
Hates to face: Brian McCann (8-for-22, 3 doubles, 1 HR)
- Game breakdown
- Why he'll win: 5-0, 1.17 ERA in Sept.
- Why he'll win: 52 Sept. strikeouts
- Pitcher beware: 9 HR allowed in postseason
- Pitcher beware: First postseason start
- Bottom line: Savvy veteran
- Bottom line: He's back on track
Cash Kruth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.