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San Francisco Giants: Selecting the 2010s All-Decade Team

Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/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)

No. 3 Starter: RHP Tim Lincecum (2010-15)

Stats: 68-66, 4.02 ERA (89 ERA+), 1.34 WHIP, 1,028 K, 1,045 IP, 4.1 WAR

Before you wonder why Tim Lincecum is not the No. 1 or No. 2 pitcher on the All-Decade staff, keep in mind that his back-to-back Cy Young wins came in 2008 and 2009, and therefore were not part of the conversation.

He was an All-Star in 2010 (3.43 ERA, 231 K, 212.1 IP) and 2011 (2.74 ERA, 220 K, 217 IP), before his ERA spiked to 5.18 during the 2012 season and he was never able to regain his elite form.

As the ace of the staff during the 2010 title run, he threw a two-hit shutout in Game 1 of the NLDS, racking up 14 strikeouts along the way. He finished that postseason with a 2.43 ERA in 37 innings, tallying four wins and one hold out of the bullpen.

So while he was only in frontline form for two seasons during the decade, it was still more than enough to earn him the No. 3 spot on the staff.

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