Baseball fans, we are witnessing something beautiful in our nation's pastime, and it begins with two words: Tim Lincecum.
The San Francisco Giants' reigning Cy Young winner from last year is topping that magical season with another in the making.
Call him what you want—The Freak, The Franchise, The Bat Boy, Tiny Tim—because no matter what you call him, 55 doesn't care. He'll just strike you out.
Toss out the Verducci effect, the Sports Illustrated and MLB 2K cover curse, because start after start he continues to dazzle.
It is really hard to imagine that Tim Lincecum is having a better season than he did last year. But already in three of his last four starts, he has three complete games. He had only two complete games all of last season.
Let's take a quick look at his stats thus far in the '09 season.
Is a repeat for the Cy Young imminent for the 5'11" fireballer?
Well, it is hard to say, since there is a whole other half of the season left to play. But you know what? If he keeps this up, I wouldn't be surprised.
The amazing thing about Tim Lincecum is he keeps getting better and better, yet this is only his second full season in the Majors.
Looking down the line of great baseball pitchers, it took them a while to get going. I mean, just look at fellow teammate Randy Johnson, who didn't "figure it out" until he was in his 30s.
Yet, Tim Lincecum, at the ripe age of 25, is baffling everyone with how quickly he has emerged as the top pitcher in baseball.
He has four pitches that can strike you out. The blazing fastball with location, the wicked changeup that drops off like an anvil, the power curve, and a slider that he is beginning to toy with.
And even though he leads the league in strikeouts as of now, he doesn't need to strike you out to get the job done. He now can induce ground balls to get out of sticky situations.
Tim Lincecum does what he wants with the baseball, and this makes him flat out dangerous.
But what does this mean going forward? Well, it means that Tim Lincecum has the chance to be one of the greatest pitchers ever to grace the baseball field. And you know what? I'm glad to be watching him.