MLB Predictions: Why Tim Lincecum Will Return to Cy Young Form in 2011

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MLB Predictions: Why Tim Lincecum Will Return to Cy Young Form in 2011
Tim Lincecum Leads The Giants' Prolific Pitching Staff

Tim Lincecum is entering his fourth full season in San Francisco.  In his first three seasons, Lincecum won 40 games and only lost 17.  He won Cy Young awards in his first two full major league seasons, the only player ever to do so.

It's amazing that Tim Lincecum's 2010 season, when he went 16-10 with an ERA of 3.43 and 231 strikeouts in 212 innings pitched, can be considered a down year.  That's how good this guy is. 

Last season had its ups and downs for Tim Lincecum, as he struggled in August and lost all five of his starts during that month.  Lincecum also did not get through the seventh inning in any of those five starts. 

Tim Lincecum turned it around in September, as he went 5-1 down the stretch.  Lincecum also pitched well in the postseason, but the poor August was a bit of a wake-up call for him. 

I fully believe Tim Lincecum will regain his outstanding form in the 2011 season.  Let's take a look at 10 factors that will help Tim Lincecum return to top form.

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