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Bruce Bochy Is Going To Kill Tim Lincecum

By Bryan Rose

One hundred and twenty seven. 127. That’s the amount of pitches Tim Lincecum threw last night. There’s a time and a place for that, however, last night was not one of them.

Despite the eternal optimists outlook, the Giants are out of it. They’ve been out of it. Unless a meteor crashes into Arizona and destroys the existence of the Diamondback’s, the Giants aren’t making they playoffs. They’re three and a half games away from being in third place – so why Tim Lincecum is throwing nearly 130 pitches last evening is beyond comprehension.

Lincecum, this season, has thrown the most pitches in the National League – not only that, but it’s coming off an extended playoff run and his innings from the past few years are far more stress induced than the majority. Much like last night, he’s consistently pitching for his life on every pitch.

In Tim’s past five seasons, he’s thrown:

  • 2007 – 2386
  • 2008 – 3680
  • 2009 –  3438
  • 2010 – 3437
  • 2011 – 3302 (and still counting…)

For comparison, Roy Halladay, who has seven complete games to Tim’s one, is at 3168 for the year. Clayton Kershaw, Tim’s counterpart for the evening, has 3198 on the season.

Chris Lincecum, Tim’s father, perfected Tim’s mechanics and delivery to not put strain on the arm, or so he assumes. Let’s not forget, Tim doesn’t even ice after games. Is Chris onto something? Totally possible, but Tim wasn’t blessed with shoulder’s of a bull and we’ve seen plenty of studly young pitchers get overworked and run into arm issues. I’m not saying that’s going to happen with Tim, he’s shown absolutely no sign of it from an injury standpoint, but studly as he’s been the past five seasons, his peripherals have increased for the worse yearly.

As much as he makes us think he’s not, Tim’s a mortal – his arm, despite the lack of “normal” stress (we assume), still takes a beating. When your eight games out of first place, there’s no reason for your franchise – not just your ace, but your franchise player to be throwing 127 pitches, and that doesn’t even take into account the high stress games or extended playoff run from last season. I’m not saying Tim shouldn’t be out there, tossing 110 – 120 – 130 pitches even when the situation demands it. But last night, not even close.

Tim Lincecum is going to be here a lot longer than Bruce Bochy, don’t destroy him before you leave, Skipper.