Another week, another maddening outing from Timmy Tomko..err..Lincecum.
The offense bailed him out last night, rallying to score 9 runs on the reliable incompetence of the Colorado Rockies pitching staff. But Timmy did not look good, most notably in the 2nd inning when he gave up five runs.
The worst part about it is, aside from that one inning, the guy looked good. He was striking batters out and his stuff was moving all over the place. When he’s on, he’s still the guy who won two Cy Young awards. But when he’s off… hoo boy…
Short of a trade, it’s not like there’s much of an alternative to having Timmy in the rotation at this point. Despite the sense that moving him to the bullpen may make for the team, nobody in Fresno is close, unless you think the reanimated corpse of Boof Bonser is going to take the league by storm.
Fortunately, there is help elsewhere in the rotation, and from an unlikely source. It seems playoff Barry Zito is still with us and pitching some downright respectable baseball. If he keeps it up, the team might be able to stay afloat and then some while Timmy continues to work through whatever the hell it is that’s got him so out of whack.
Of course, then there’s the offseason conundrum that arises. If Lincecum isn’t his old self, he’s probably not coming back. Then again, if he finds his old self again, he’s probably going to be too expensive to resign as well. Zito, meanwhile, has a club option which, and I never thought I’d say this, could make sense for the Giants. If he’s locked in as number four, the idea of rolling the dice with a guy like Chris Heston (soft thrower with good secondary stuff) or a vet free agent at the #5 spot becomes far more palatable.
But, that’s for another day to worry about. Right now, we need to see more of first inning Timmy and way, way less of 2nd inning Timmy.