Tim Lincecum and 5 MLB Players Who Will Bounce Back This Season
Everyone loves a good Cinderella story, but the ones who fall from grace are a little harder to watch.
Some players have high expectations placed upon them entering a new season. Whether it comes from fans, players, reporters or themselves, players have to deal with the pressure to meet or exceed expectations year after year.
Some players work through it, performing to their full potential. But many others fail to achieve the success expected.
Luckily for them, the baseball season is not even halfway over, leaving plenty of time to return to the form they are used to.
Here are a few players that should be able to recover from a slow start to the 2012 season.
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Tim Lincecum has to be the most surprising slow-starter of 2012.
The former Cy Young winner struggled in 2011, posting a 13-14 record. His ERA, however, remained a low 2.74.
This season, Lincecum has been unable to find success at all.
In 14 starts, Lincecum is 2-8 with a 6.19 ERA, far worse than his career average.
Fortunately for him, Lincecum plays some of his best baseball in the month of July.
Lincecum is 15-6 in the month of July over his career. If he can repeat his past success in the summer, he will be on his way to returning to form.
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Adam Wainwright had an incredible season in 2010.
Wainwright built an impressive resume that earned him second in Cy Young voting behind Roy Halladay.
An injury forced Wainwright out for all of 2011, but he came to camp in 2012 ready to perform.
So far, Wainwright has been underwhelming. He is 5-7 with a 4.46, the worst ERA of his career.
Wainwright is still on the road of improvement, and he has shown flashes of his old self, including a complete game shutout. It won't be long until he is elite again.
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Ike Davis had a rookie season that excited Mets fans in 2010.
In his rookie campaign, the Mets first baseman was explosive, hitting 19 homers with 71 RBI.
With expectations high in 2011, Davis performed well before injuries took his season away.
Coming back healthy in 2012, New York fans were ready to welcome back their first baseman of the future.
Instead, they received a player who has struggled immensely. Davis is hitting below the Mendoza Line with a .190 batting average. He has seven homers and 33 RBI, but there's much room for improvement.
Davis is young and has a lot of baseball to play in his career. With more experience, Davis will be crucial to the Mets for the next few seasons.
Cliff Lee is having a strange season for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Lee has had flashes of brilliance in 2012, including shutting out San Francisco over 10 innings in an April start.
But Lee has still been unable to post a win yet this season. In 11 starts, Lee is 0-3 with a 3.48 ERA. His ERA is his highest since 2007 when Lee was still with Cleveland.
The Phillies have not been very supportive of their pitcher in his starts, however. Lee has pitched seven quality starts, but that hasn't been enough for him to earn a win.
If Philadelphia can start scoring for Lee, his game will also improve. But until then, he will struggle to build his stats.
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Alex Gordon earned himself a big contract in 2011.
Last season, Gordon hit .303 with 23 homers and 87 RBI. The Royals rewarded him with a four-year contract extension worth $37.5 million, according to CBS Sports.
Gordon hasn't played at the same level yet in 2012. Thus far, Gordon is only hitting .258 with five homers.
Gordon is still a young player and is coming off the best season in his young career. This experience will only help the struggling outfielder and will help him build for years to come.