Tim Lincecum and Buster Posey lead Giants to Fifth Straight Win
The San Francisco Giants pushed their win streak to five last night behind the bat of Buster Posey and the arm of Tim Lincecum. Posey continued to be the catalyst of the Giants lineup adding home run, a double and driving in two runs.
The bigger story is another dominant performance by Tim Lincecum who picked up his fourth win and dropped his ERA to 2.08 in seven innings of work.
Lincecum, who was simply referred to as ‘the Freak’, broke into the MLB in 2007 and his slight statute (5’11”, 170 pounds) and laid back attitude combined with a power fastball made him one of the most popular and dominant pitchers in the league.
However, Lincecum struggled mightily as his small frame broke down and his fastball velocity dipped, even being relegated to the bullpen.
Back in the rotation this year, Lincecum has reinvented himself despite averaging only 87 mph on his fastball, with an improved arsenal of off speed pitches. Lincecum seems to have nearly completed the career arc for a power pitcher despite being only 30. If his rediscovered form can be maintained, he can finally join Madison Bumgarner as the dominant starting duo in the National League that Giants fans have expecting for years.