After compiling five stellar seasons, including two Cy Young Awards, Tim Lincecum is having the roughest stretch he has ever experienced. Lincecum is currently 2-8 with a 6.07 ERA and 1.542 WHIP. The Giants have only won three of Lincecum's 15 starts thus far in 2012.
Is Tim Lincecum washed up at age 28, or can he recapture his old magic and return to top form?
There are many schools of thought here, but the fact remains that Lincecum has lost velocity on his fastball and must do a much better job of relying on location, instead of pure heat. He also needs to be more effective in pitching to contact, so his pitch count doesn't soar early in games.
Lincecum has been particularly susceptible to the big inning. When things have gone against him, he has been unable to limit the damage and is giving up way too many crooked numbers.
Lincecum has already allowed 56 earned runs in his 15 starts, this year. Compare this to last season when he gave up only 66 earned runs in 33 starts.
In 83 innings of work, Lincecum has allowed 83 hits, and his 45 walks is alarmingly high. He has fanned 91, which is good, but he is working too hard for those strikeouts.
What can the Giants do to light a fire under Lincecum and get him back on track?
Here are five potential options the Giants could explore.