Bruce Bochy and Tim Lincecum: The San Francisco Giants Manager Doesn't Get It

Bruce FriedmanCorrespondent IIJuly 8, 2012

Time for the San Francisco Media To Ask Bruce Bochy Some Hard Questions About His Usage of Tim Lincecum
Time for the San Francisco Media To Ask Bruce Bochy Some Hard Questions About His Usage of Tim LincecumTony Medina/Getty Images

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced his post All-Star break pitching rotation yesterday.

Bochy had the option of pushing Tim Lincecum back, having him even miss a start to try to get back into the groove.

In Bochy's typical style, though, he not only didn't move Lincecum back, but he actually moved him up, having Lincecum start the second game after the break, even after Lincecum is pitching today, the Giants' final game before the break.

It's obvious that, as usual, Bochy just doesn't get it when it comes to handling his ace starter properly.

Bochy's attitude all along with Timmy has been "full steam ahead" and "damn the torpedoes."

Boch, this isn't the navy; it's a baseball season. And you're dealing with a young man's confidence and his career.

As Lincecum has gone through his worst season as a professional, Bochy has been continually asked about how he was planning to handle things, how he would try to change things to turn Timmy around. The answer has always been, "We'll just keep throwing him out there," or something equally mundane.

As Lincecum has struggled and pulled his team down, Bochy has pretended that nothing was wrong.

I've heard of "old school," but this is ridiculous!

If Lincecum had had only one bad month, like in 2010, I could understand Bochy's approach. But now we're at the halfway point.The Giants' record in Lincecum's starts is 4-13. When Tim doesn't pitch, their record is 42-26, good for a .618 winning percentage.

That would be the best winning percentage in baseball.

It's obvious that Lincecum's performance is a big issue for the Giants.

Yes, it looked a couple of weeks ago as though things were starting to turn. Tim pitched decently against the Oakland A's and followed it up with seven shutout innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But then Tim regressed and was shelled by the Washington Nationals for eight runs (seven earned) in 3.1 innings.

To have the opportunity to give Lincecum a break and not take it borders on crazy. As the old saying goes, the true definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.

Bruce Bochy somehow seems to expect different results out of his ace, despite his doing the same thing over and over and over and over.

The two games against the A's and Dodgers were at least encouraging enough to keep Lincecum in the rotation at this time. But I don't rule out advocating a minor league stint once again if he continues to struggle.

However, with the All-Star break and a chance to give Lincecum an opportunity to relax, recharge and —most importantly get some work on the side, Bochy not only didn't give him any kind of a break, but he actually moved him up in the rotation and slid back guys who have been much more successful!

If I had the opportunity to interview Bochy I would be very forceful in asking him why the heck he's doing this.

Unfortunately, the San Francisco media doesn't seem to have much in the way of, let's just say…strength behind their reporting.

I understand that they have to work with the guy on a daily basis, but come on, this is getting ridiculous. Ask the man some hard questions!

Hopefully Bochy's very unconventional technique will work for Timmy and for the team. But if I had a guy whose winning percentage was 23.5 percent and the rest of the starters had one that was 62 percent, he would be the would be the last guy I'd want throwing in my rotation.

That game could cost the Giants at the end of the season.

Hopefully it won't.