As we head into the All Star break, could it be any clearer that something is seriously wrong with Tim Lincecum? It’s not bad enough we’re
getting smoked by one of the worst offenses in all of baseball, but Lincecum is the difference,
literally, between second place and basically running away with the division:
…. Tim Lincecum is the worst starting pitcher in the majors this year.
That stark, surreal sentence is not opinion but a statistical fact. When Lincecum’s first half mercifully ended in the fourth inning of Sunday’s 13-2 loss to the Pirates, his ERA stood at 6.42, the highest of the 101 starters with enough innings to qualify for the league leaderboards.
…. Lincecum’s road ERA stands at 9.00 – 47 earned runs in 47 innings. No wonder Bochy plans to start him at home after the break.
Not to mention, a pretty mediocre 6-7 record against the division leaders we just ran through. That includes the sweep against the Dodgers, so really, it was a 3-7 run against the rest of the best.