Enough about Tim Lincecum’s mechanics. It’s time to start figuring out what it would take for him to win the NL Cy Young Award. He’s been that good on a team that bad.
Of course, Arizona’s Brandon Webb, the 2007 winner, is the man to beat, but its not out of the question for Lincecum. A sparkling seven weeks could make him a genuine contender.
When Lincecum won his 12th game this season Wednesday, he improved his record to 12-3 on a team that otherwise was 36-63. On the same day, Webb was 16-4 on a team that was 43-51 in other games. It’s debatable which is more impressive.
In the stat department, Lincecum has the edge over Webb in ERA and strikeouts — and when he stepped off the mound Wednesday, no other NL pitcher had more wins — so if Lincecum can maintain his effectiveness, the race won’t be over until late September.
For me, all the talk about mechanics takes away from how easy Lincecum makes pitching in the majors look. He uses his lower body to perfection. He comes over the top like it was effortless. Sometimes baseball men think too much, and they think too much about this young man’s mechanics.
There are plenty of major-league pitchers who look like they’re putting more effort than Lincecum into their pitches. It’s as if the sport refuses to believe a pitcher who weighs 170 pounds and looks like he could pass for a teenager can throw a baseball 95 mph.
Because nine other teams had their doubts, Lincecum dropped to the Giants during the draft. The Giants even considered trading him prior to this season because they had their doubts.
There shouldn’t be any doubts about Lincecum any more.
Tim Liotta is a freelance journalist and regular contributor to The Examiner. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.