The freak is back, back again. Tim Lincecum is back in baseball once again. This time he will be playing for the Texas Rangers as he tries to reboot his long lost career. If you don’t remember, Tim Lincecum was one of the best pitchers in baseball for a 3 or 4 year stretch with the Giants. He won 2 Cy Young awards and had an iconic delivery that every kid wanted to emulate. He was so short yet used so much torque to throw cheddar. He was pure electricity every time he took the mound, easily one of the most exciting pitchers to watch. That was until it all fell apart.
What ever happened to Tim Lincecum? Well, he was a small guy that used a ton of torque to get velocity on his pitches. Tendons don’t take well to tons and tons of torque over years of time. Basically, he blew out his arm and lost his fastball velocity making him very easy to hit. For three straight years the Giants ran him out there every 5th day, but he just couldn’t manage to figure out another way to get batters out. Usually that’s what happens when you take away a guy’s bread and butter pitch. That’s what separates good pitchers from great pitchers.
Anyways, the Rangers will look to use Lincecum out of the bullpen. With the way their bullpen is constructed, if Lincecum does well he could very easily end up being their closer. I’d love to see Lincecum have a part 2 to his career as a closer. It’d make for a great comeback story and I just like seeing the guy pitch to be honest. Are the Rangers going to get Tim Lincecum to turn back the clock and be a lights out starter, absolutely not. They’re just hoping they get a solid reliever out of the bullpen and best case scenario a reliable closer. Still the freak is back, tell a friend.