With the thought of Tim Lincecum pitching in Major League Baseball again, you can’t help but dream of the perfect scenario with him and the San Francisco Giants.
As you all know, Lincecum pitched for the Giants for nine seasons, won 2 Cy Young awards and was part of all three World Series runs.
But the four-time All-Star hit a wall after the 2011 season and was never quite the same.
He and the Giants parted ways after the 2015 season, and after a rough go of it with the Angels in 2016 he took the 2017 season off.
Now he is apparently ready to get back in the game and threw in front of over half the league on Thursday.
Reports say he was sitting 90-93 MPH with the fastball.
It seems like most teams are viewing him as a starting pitcher, but I think it’s time for Timmy to move to the bullpen.
He’s only made eight appearances out of the bullpen in his career with a 4.80 ERA in 15 innings pitched.
Still, I think his best chance at becoming an impact pitcher in the majors again is in the bullpen. It’s possible he comes back as a starter and is a solid fourth or fifth option, but I think he could be dominant in relief.
That leads to my dream scenario with the Giants, and when I say a dream, I mean shooting for the stars.
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Let’s imagine the Lincecum is on board with becoming a relief pitcher and signs with the Giants.
Then let’s imagine he’s able to be a dominant pitcher again for an inning at a time, and has an ERA around two in the middle of the season.
Now let’s think about Lincecum becoming the team’s close, and how crazy the crowd would go when he comes into the game in the ninth.
We can take it a step further and think and get really crazy if we think about Big Time Timmy Jim closing out the final game in the World Series for the Giants!
Now that I’ve step down from cloud nine, I really hope that Lincecum can find his niche in major league baseball again. The easiest path for him does appear to be through the bullpen, and if that’s the case I hope it’s with the Giants.