When you say it like that it feels like ages ago, doesn’t it? Of course, that’s far from the case. Lincecum was one of the best pitchers in the league as recently as last season and viewed by most as a Top 5 option entering 2012. So, when you see these types of numbers through 8 starts, you obviously have to be curious as to what is going on:
48 Strikeouts (9.89 K/9)
22 Walks (4.53 BB/9)
Yes, there has been enough bad luck at play (his BABIP as well as his 60.4% strand rate) to make us think that better days are definitely ahead. That’s definitely a fair stance to take, but we need to look at the other numbers as well. Unfortunately, there are things that have got to be concerning.