He's known as 'The Freak' no, not the song from years ago, he's a freak of nature in the way he throws a baseball to the mound.
His name of course is Tim Lincecum. He's done just about everything a pitcher could hope to do in a baseball career and he is still under 30 years old. At 27 years old, (he turns 28 on June 15th), Lincecum has already 2 Cy Young awards (2008 and '09), and this is only his 6th season as a pitcher. If he continues to gather honors like this, he may go down as one of the greatest pitcher's who ever played the game. At only his sixth season into the game, he is arguably about half way to the Hall of Fame.
Fame can take it's toll on you as a star pitcher. So far this year, in the first two weeks of the season, Tim is at 0-1 with a 12.91 ERA, that is very much unlike the stuff we'd expect from Lincecum. It's anyone's guess at exactly what is wrong with him. He's still in his 20's yet he's accomplished so much. Did he lose his stuff, is he injured? That is foremost on the minds of Giants fans as they try to come up with the answer.
Lincecum is signed through the 2013 season with the Giants. His pay for this year and next is a combined $40.5M, his next contract may be the richest ever in baseball, but we'll have to see what happens during the year this year and of course next season.
He'll face the Phillies tonight in San Franciso's AT&T Park, a nice ballpark that is right down the street from the famed Piers and Fisherman's Wharf area. It's a chance for the Phillies to continue that offense that they found on Sunday afternoon in Philly, and extend the winning streak, it also maybe the night that 'The Freak' finds himself back to top form, if that happens, it will be a long night for Phillies batters.
Tim Lincecum from 2008, his first Cy Young year until now: