2012 Stats: 7-13, 5.30 ERA
While Lincecum hasn't been good in 2012, he has put up some great numbers over the course of his career.
Lincecum has won two Cy Young awards and was the winning pitcher in the clinching game of the 2010 World Series. He has been known as a great strikeout pitcher who has nasty stuff, and a terrific athlete with a crazy windup.
Timmy has a good fastball, a hard slider, a curveball that can freeze hitters and a deceptive changeup. Even if he completely misses his target, Lincecum can make a hitter look foolish. That's how good his stuff is.
However, Lincecum, who was always able to get out of jams, has struggled to slam the door with runners on base. His confidence was low in June, and he wasn't able to perform at all. However, he's been better now.
Lincecum is 4-3 with a 3.10 ERA after the All-Star break, and he's been able to pitch better with runners on base. The old Lincecum almost always slammed the door in those situations, limiting the damage. We're seeing that Lincecum now, which is why he's not lower in my rankings.
And even though I seriously considered putting Lincecum higher, the next two guys are just a tad better (in my opinion).