San Francisco Giants: Tim Lincecum is Great Even When He's Not

BaySportsInsider.comCorrespondent IJune 17, 2008

Tim Lincecum's line vs. the Tigers yesterday was far from spectacular:

7 innings, 4 earned runs, 6 hits, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

It wasn't a terrible performance for Lincecum, but it also wasn't what we've come to expect out of the young ace after the numbers he's put up so far this season.

Despite the average line, it was still hugely entertaining to watch the guy pitch, more entertaining than other pitchers in recent Giants history (Sorry Matt Cain, Jason Schmidt, Rob Nenn, Billy Swift, John Burkett, Rick Reuschel, Caveman, etc.).

Tim Lincecum is far and away the best pitcher to wear a Giants uniform since Vida Blue. It dawned on me yesterday while sitting in the stands and deciding when to head over to the consession stand for a hot dog and a beer.

Usually, fans get up and take a break when the opposing team is batting, so they don't miss any action. With Lincecum on the mound last night, I waited for the Giants to come to the plate before I stood up.

I can't remember another time when I was more excited to watch the opposing team bat, but that's just how exciting Lincecum is.