Originally posted by skeetskeet:So we are all just writing off Lincecum now?
The guy has one bad season in his CAREER, an he's done?
Contract year, plus dudes a warrior, you know he wants to bounce back and show he's still a freak. You know he's gonna come into camp in the best shape of his life!
So he can get 200 million from the dodgers in 2014...
Its not just one year though. He hasnt been a true, steady ace since 2009. In fact, i remember the game when his performance started going downhill. It was early May 2010, and he was looking like he was well on his way to a 3rd straight CY Award after what he did in April. It was in Miami, and he was dominating until Hanley golfed a HR off him on a good pitch below the zone for a 3 run HR. after that game he started to slide into that typical hot/ice cold inconsistancy. By that August he looked like trash. He rebounded in a big way in Sept/Oct and we won the WS, but his velocity definately wasnt 95-96 anymore.
2011 was another season of hot/cold inconsistancy, and 2012 he was terrible for most the entire year. Its been about 3 years of steady decline. Age might be hindering the gymnist-like mechanics required for his release point and velocity to stay consistant.
If he does well next year we should avoid taking the bait and let him walk.