We've all seen it this week Tim Lincecum is not the same Giant he was last year. Let's look at the stats for the first two games of the season.
7.56 ERA, 8.1 IP, 14 hits allowed, and a WHIP over 2.40.
Very Un-ACE like if you ask me.
Now I am an avid Tim Lincecum fanboy I'll admit to that, but his performance over the last two games is unacceptable. But the question I beg to ask is, is the pressure getting to him?
Now I do not think he is going the Zito path at all (lets hope not), but I do think all this publicity may have just gotten to him mentally in my opinion.
You see it in his fastball and other pitches, he is not locating. It almost seems as he might be trying a little to hard.
The puzzling thing to me is, Lincecum has stated in the past that he does not show his emotions on the mound too keep him focused on the next hitter. But you can clearly see in the San Diego game he was muttering to himself angrily.
You know what though it is the first two games of the season and I have faith in him. Why you ask? Well because he has plus-plus stuff, even though he is struggling a bit he did manage to strike out 10 over those 8 innings.
I think for The Freak to become his dominate self again, its all about his location with his pitches. As all pitchers will tell you, "You can have a 115 mph fastball, but if you can't locate it, well let the baseball Gods be with you."
Tim is a special guy and I know the next game he will right his wrongs, and become the pitcher we all learned to love last season. But if the performance continues to sour, it really might be a long '09 season for the Giants.