Tim Lincecum Comeback Falls Short in 2016. What’s next for the Freak?
By Vincent Page
The idea of Tim Lincecum joining the Angels rotation had Angels fans doing one of two things. Some thought it was a big waste of money and while others were salivating thinking of the two-time Cy Young winner joining the rotation.
Tim Lincecum have been just what the doctor ordered as the Angels were forced to find help for their starting rotation after injuries had depleted it. Still looking like a fringe playoff contender, they looked at outside sources for help. They found Lincecum, who was attempting a comeback of his own. They attended his workout, signed him, let him work the rust off in the minors for a few starts then called him up to the big leagues.
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My uncle and I had a conversation about how he would perform in his first start. I thought he would do fine, maybe even very well. However, my uncle disagreed.
“He’ll be out by the third inning after giving up five runs, just watch,” he said. Then I went home and watched the game and loved what I saw. Lincecum threw 98 pitchers over six innings of great pitching, giving up one run on four hits and only allowing only one extra base hit.
However, that is where the good times ended for Lincecum and Angels fans though. In his next eight starts, Lincecum was one of the worst pitchers in baseball. It seemed after every start rumors circulated that Lincecum had made his last start for the Angels. Over his next eight starts, Lincecum went 1-6 as he threw 32.2 innings, allowing 40 runs, 62 hits, 11 long balls, and walked 21 batters while striking out 30.
Lincecum’s worst start came against Houston, in a game where he gave up 8 runs in 1.1 innings. This included three home runs, two walks, and no strikeouts. However, he went on to pitch a couple more games (dismal at best). Eventually though, he forced management’s hand. A one-way ticket to Salt Lake for Lincecum. He would then spend the rest of his season there.
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After rosters expanded in the beginning of September without Lincecum being added, it became obvious he would not pitch in the majors again in 2016. Furthermore, it would be a major surprise if any team were to sign him this off-season. The Angels did add him to the 40-man roster at the end of the season, but that does not mean he will be with the Angels come next season.
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Given his injuries and performance this year, he does not belong in the majors any longer. It was a fun story for Angel fans to pay attention to throughout the 2016 season. Unfortunately, a happy ending was not in store for Halo Nation.