Jul 13, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) reacts after a diving catch by right fielder Hunter Pence (not pictured) during the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Lincecum recorded this 1,500th strikeout this weekend against the New York Yankees. In a week with a lot happening in baseball, we didn’t want to overlook this milestone in Timmy’s career, especially given the uncertainty of whether or not he’ll wear a Giants uniform next season. Linceum lost the Friday night game when Alex Rodriguez‘s knocked in the runners Tim left on, however, all-in-all, he pitched well on the night.
Andrew Baggarly put into perspective what Lincecum accomplished with that 1,500th strikeout and really, in his career with the Giants
"Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson were 0 for 9 against Lincecum. He struck out his 1,500th batter, too, becoming one of just three pitchers – along with Tom Seaver and Bert Blyleven – to reach that mark in just his seventh big league season. There are only four pitchers to amass more strikeouts than Lincecum in a Giants uniform. All four are in the Hall of Fame."
I’m sure we’ll discuss this week and in the coming weeks whether Lincecum will get a contract with the Giants next season, but for now, let’s focus on his latest milestone in an outstanding career that includes 2 Cy Young Awards, 2 World Series Championships, a No-Hitter, 4 x All-Star, and now, 1500 strikeouts.
His 1,000th strikeout came on June 9, 2011. Lincecum ranks 4th on career strikeouts per 9 innings average, with 9.6364, and 1st among active players.
Lincecum’s next start will be Thursday night at AT&T Park against Edinson Volquez and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Personally, I’d like to see Lincecum’s next 500, 1000, or even 1500 strikeouts with him in a Giants uniform. But I suppose all that will be determined soon enough.