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San Francisco Giants: Five best starting pitchers of the 2010s

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the first inning at AT&T Park on September 16, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the first inning at AT&T Park on September 16, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 28: Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants follows through on a pitch against the San Diego Padres in the fourth inning at AT&T Park on September 28, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

2. Tim Lincecum

Tim “The Freak” Lincecum was selected with the No. 10 pick in the 2006 draft out of the University of Washington. He was the first player in school history to be selected in the first round of the MLB draft and he won the Golden Spikes Award during his junior season.

Despite his undersized frame and unorthodox, max-effort delivery, he moved quickly through the minors and joined the MLB rotation in 2007.

From there, he won back-to-back NL Cy Young awards in 2008 and 2009, and during the four-year stretch from 2008 to 2011, he went 62-36 with a 2.81 ERA and 977 strikeouts in 881.2 innings.

His peak was a short one and he fell off quickly after the 2011 season, but he remained a productive member of the staff and contributed to all three World Series winners.

Along the way, he threw two no-hitters, made four All-Star teams and finished in the top 10 in NL Cy Young voting four times with the aforementioned pair of wins.

In his nine seasons with the Giants, Lincecum went 108-83 with a 3.61 ERA and 1,704 strikeouts in 1,643.2 innings.

He was a literal pitching phenom, leading the league in strikeouts for three straight years and simply dominating opposing hitters.

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