Tim Lincecum has fallen from the dominance he once had in his back-to-back Cy Young campaigns.
Many have speculated his fall from grace is due to his extremely violent delivery combined with his small stature. Scouts also predicted this would become a problem as Lincecum’s arm accrued mileage.
Whatever the problem is, it’s noticeable. In his Cy Young-winning seasons of 2008 and 2009, Lincecum’s ERA was 2.62 and 2.48, respectively. However, in 2012, his ERA ballooned to 5.18. His strikeouts were also down considerably, from 265 and 261 (08 and 09) to only 190 in 2012.
So what, if anything, can “The Freak” do to regain his Cy Young form?