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When I was formulating my list, I was about 75- to 80-percent sure that Tim Lincecum would NOT be my No. 1 most valuable player.
Then I looked at his stats.
Fans have been all over Lincecum this season, but he's actually having a fantastic year. He will almost certainly make the top five in ERA and top three in strikeouts.
While his record isn't that great at 12-11, it obviously stems from a lack of run support in many cases. While he won't be the Cy Young winner this season, Lincecum has had another fantastic year and is the MVP for the Giants as of now.