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2. Matt Cain, San Fransisco
3. Johan Santana, New York
4. Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee
5. Josh Johnson, Florida
Is there a more dominant pitcher in the league?
Lincecum has a Pedro Martinez-like frame and a sick arm with it. Standing at 5’11" and only 170 pounds, Lincecum has been silly this year.
Tim Lincecum leads the N.L. in strikeouts, second in ERA and is only two wins shy of the NL lead.
Think about his first two starts to the season. A combined eight and one-thirds innings pitched, seven earned runs, 14 hits allowed, and struck out 10 while walking six. He was 0-1 with 7.56 ERA.
Since then? He's 8-1 122 strikeouts in 105.2 innings pitched and an ERA of 2.29.
He is every reason the Giants are leading the Wild Card.
Lincecum’s teammate, Matt Cain, has finally come as advertised. After spending the previous three years with double digit losses, Cain is 9-2 and third in the NL in ERA.
Johan Santana was the front-runner for N.L. Cy Young until June rolled around. Before June, Santana was 7-2 with a 1.77 ERA.
Since June, Johan is 2-4 with a 6.19 ERA. He got shelled by the Yankees on June 14, allowing nine earned runs.
Yovani Gallardo has recovered from his injury last season and is pitching brilliantly going 8-4 with a sub-three ERA.
Josh Johnson, another pitcher plagued by injuries last season, is 7-1. But he has eight no decisions, seven of which he allowed three or less runs. A clear sign the Marlins need more bats.