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Tim Lincecum won the NL Cy Young, with 23 of 32 first place votes. Lincecum, was dominant for one of the worst teams in the majors, and was pretty much the only bright spot for the Giants, a franchise deep in the doldrums.

The 24-year-old right-hander was 18-5 with a 2.62 ERA and a major league-best 265 strikeouts, remarkable numbers for a fourth-place team that finished 72-90.

Lincecum led the NL in winning percentage (.783), ranked second in ERA and was third with 227 innings. He made his first All-Star squad, but an illness prevented him from appearing in the July 15 game at Yankee Stadium.

Here’s the SF Chronicle’s take:

The landslide surprised Lincecum, who was sitting on his sofa at home in San Francisco watching NFL highlights on TV when he got the call saying he won.

“I thought it was going to be a lot closer,” he said. “I definitely don’t want to say I had it in the bag. I was thinking somebody else would have it, Johan Santana, CC or Webb. Those guys are all great players. I think they’re all three Cy Young winners previously. I figured they had a better shot, or as good a shot as I did.”

Lincecum often sounded nonchalant about his Cy Young chances, but teammate Brian Wilson revealed the thought had crossed both of their minds as early as spring training.

“Tim and I made some goals for each other, and the Cy happened to be just one of the many we set,” the closer said. “We joked around about both winning the award and calling it the ‘Cys Youngs.’ I can almost assure you that out of all the candidates, not one of them started their spring training off with winning that award in mind.

“Every start that Tim had, he had an agenda. As outlandish as it seems, focusing on that goal subsequently helped him focus on success and achievement.”


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