It seems like a loaded question from the outset, but is Tim Lincecum better than Juan Marichal?
For those unfamiliar with San Francisco Giants history (note: San Francisco Giants), Juan Marichal is considered by many people to be the best pitcher in franchise history.
Tim Lincecum’s astonishing success in his brief tenure with the Giants, however, suggests that Marichal’s position on the throne may have been supplanted by The Freak.
Let’s take a look at basic, raw statistics to get an overall image of the comparison:
5 Seasons: 69-41, 2.98 ERA, 1028 IP, 1127 K, 1.118 WHIP, 7.4 H/9
16 Seasons: 243-142, 2.89 ERA, 3507 IP, 2303 K, 1.101 WHIP, 8.1 H/9