Not to be outdone by Phillies ace and Cy Young award contender Roy Halladay, reigning NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, in his postseason debut last night, showed the Atlanta Braves why his nickname is “The Freak."
Lincecum led the San Francisco Giants to a 1-0 win, allowing only two hits. Although, since he had thrown more than 100 pitches, Lincecum had planned to rest his arm for the ninth inning, he showed no signs of fatigue, so he finished out the game.
No, it wasn't a no-hitter, but to appreciate how rare Lincecum's performance was, check this out: the last pitcher to win a 1-0 postseason game with two or fewer hits allowed was Vida Blue in Oakland's 1974 ALCS win over the Baltimore Orioles.
After the final out, it was announced that Lincecum had set a record for most strikeouts in a postseason debut—14 Ks (he fanned 231 during the regular season), and that he had achieved a new personal best by recording 31 complete swing and miss strikes.
STACK has been on Lincecum's bandwagon for quite some time; and although he was not at his best for parts of this season, we knew it would only be a matter of time before the 5’10”, 175-lb. "Franchise" pitcher would be back in top form.
What makes Lincecum so successful? He uses 100 percent of his body’s total strength when throwing a pitch. His secret is all in his stride and his point of release. For the full breakdown of “The Freak’s” pitching mechanics, check out Join the Freak Show. You'll learn how to gain extra velocity on your own pitches.
Lincecum gave up two hits, but his old-school dominance on the mound indicates that the Giants are ready to make a run for the World Series.
What are the odds of a Lincecum/Halladay matchup for the National League pennant? We don't know, but if it happens, pity the poor batters.