So maybe Tim Lincecum didn’t have a Cy Young season this year.
But he sure smoked the Tigers in last night’s 8-3 blowtorching of the Detroit Nine.
From the New York Daily News:
Tim Lincecum, former two-time Cy Young Award winner as starter, thriving out of bullpen after rocky regular season in rotation
‘The Freak’ as he was once known for blazing fastball and biting curve has lost some speed, but developed into a serious weapon in relief.
SAN FRANCISCO — It was only fitting that Tim Lincecum looked like a skateboarder standing at his locker Wednesday night, wrapped in a flannel shirt with a skull cap pulled low over his long hair, a jangle of braided bracelets on one wrist.
In his new role as a reliever, after all, he is “just riding the adrenaline of hearing your name called,” he says.
Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young Award winner as a starter, has become a new kind of weapon for the Giants this postseason, during which he has mostly pitched in relief. After the worst season of his career, Lincecum has made four of his five postseason appearances out of the pen and been dynamite.
In the Giants’ Game 1 victory Wednesday night in the World Series, Lincecum retired all seven batters he faced in a crucial 2-1/3-inning relief stint. He entered the game with two on and two out in the sixth and struck out Jhonny Peralta, keeping the Tigers from making a game of it.
In other words, let Timmy smoke ’em.