03/11/10 7:44 PM ET
Giants unfazed by Lincecum's command
Cy Young winner roughed up for second straight start
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Major League Baseball
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Spring Training Info
Sometimes it's hard to imagine that Lincecum is only starting his third full big league season."My body is still adapting to playing professional [length] seasons," he said. "That's what I'm trying to do." He is 33-12 during the past two seasons and was awarded the Cy Young after both. This past offseason, he avoided going to salary arbitration with the Giants by agreeing just prior to the hearing to his new contract that will pay him $10 million this year. He said he didn't have much time this winter to do anything save for core body work, but now he's irrevocably made the jump from phenom to a kid who has the expectations of a franchise riding on his right shoulder. "I can go home, think about my awards and what happened -- what kind of pressure it could create for me," the still baby-faced Lincecum said. "But that would be me creating the pressure, instead of taking it the way it is. The past is in the past. This is a new season. I just want to relax and focus on now." It has been a hectic spring for Lincecum. He missed his scheduled last start because of the rare rain that pelted southern Arizona this past Sunday, wiping out the Giants among all but two Cactus League games. Bochy decided to let Lincecum throw simulated innings that day in the cage, rather than reschedule the start. Thus, it had been eight days for Lincecum between starts, perhaps explaining Thursday's continued problems. But that doesn't fully explain his 9.82 ERA. "I was fortunate to catch one of the best pitchers of all time," said Bochy, talking about Nolan Ryan when the two were with the Astros. "His springs were always ugly. Guys are here working on things and that's what Timmy's doing. He's going to be fine. His stuff is fine. He's healthy and you'll see Timmy get better and better with each outing."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.