Mister Strike is a 1970 book about Juan Marichal. Perhaps some day, another of the same title will be written about Tim Lincecum. The 24-year old sophomore capped off an amazing season on Sunday, beating the Dodgers and putting the final touches on his rock solid case for Cy Young.
Earlier this month, I wanted to write some things about Lincecum and his Cy Young chances, but I was too damn superstitious. MLB's sparse coverage of a couple of his starts had me grumbling and worried that the lack of attention would translate into less votes for the coveted award. After his start where he picked up his 15th win, and lowered his league leading ERA to 2.43, I ventured over to mlb.com to see how they were reporting it. There was nothing on the home page, not even a link.
Next start, Tim the Enchanter ran his record to 16-3 and lowered his ERA even further to 2.54 in the Giants 6 to 2 win over Arizona. Once again, I checked out mlb.com. After seeing nothing on the front page, I clicked on All Headlines. Down at the 7th item was DBacks Can't Solve Giants Ace. There was a second Headline but the article did not say anything about his Cy Young case.
Some of Lincecum's achievements are getting attention. I culled these from various sites.
Also, Ken Rosenthal has tabbed Lincecum as his pick.
Good luck to our man Tim. Like Giants Win said, what a year! It was a joy watching him throw strikes!