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Tim Lincecum has the capability to be the best power pitcher in MLB under 6'0" tall. From 2007-11, Lincecum fit the archetype as he won two NL Cy Young Awards and struck out 1,127 batters in 1,028 innings pitched.
2012 has not been as kind to Lincecum as he has posted 2-8 record with a 6.19 ERA. His strikeout per inning ratio is still better than 1:1 (77 K's in 72 IP) but according to fangraphs.com, his velocity has dropped into the 91-93 mph range.
MLB Network analyst and former hurler Al Leiter spoke to Alex Pavlovic of the MercuryNews about Lincecums' woes and potential drop in velocity.
"When he can't say 'I'm blowing this guy away,' that's when you stop having that gunslinger bravado," said Leiter. "... It's the result of him not making big pitches when he has to and walking so many guys. Guys are being more selective with him. Hitters look at the tape and see 88 mph or 89 and it's a different approach."
Lincecum is still putting up power numbers despite his poor record and lower velocity numbers. Lincecum gave up five runs in five innings pitched in a 7-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.