Tim Lincecum Rocky Once Again


On Monday night, we watched Roy Halladay struggle and on Tuesday night it was Tim Lincecum's turn. In his first start last week, Lincecum walked seven and won. In his second start on Tuesday night, he walked three in a five-run inning, including the pitcher, and got away with a no-decision. And, for the second straight Lincecum start, the Giants pulled out the victory. Lincecum’s velocity remains down, and he continues to be unable to strike out batters with any consistency. Fantasy owners can enjoy the strikeouts he will rack up, but the ERA will be tough to swallow. 

 MLB News & Notes

  • Jeff Weaver is on the disabled list for the next 4-6 weeks with a broken left elbow, it appears that Garrett Richards will be the first contestant to take Weaver's spot in the rotation. Richards hasn’t thrown more than 1 2/3 innings in any of his four appearances out of the bullpen so far, but he has starter experience so he should be fine.
  • Josh Hamilton went hitless on Tuesday night with an RBI. However, Hamilton left eight Angels on base and is batting .138 to start the season. Players making $25 million aren't supposed to be easy outs, but right now Josh Hamilton is a pretty easy out.
  • Robinson Cano went 4-for-6 with a home run and five RBI Tuesday. This impressive performance follows a  3-for-4 effort with two home runs on Monday.
  • Hanley Ramirez will have the cast on his right thumb removed sometime this week. Ramirez is already taking grounders, throwing and hitting one-handed. Ramirez hopes to return at some point in May.
  • Matt Harrison (back) is unlikely to make his scheduled start Thursday against the Mariners, but he’s not expected to go on the disabled list.
  • Kyuji Fujikawa earned his first save chance since officially taking over as Cubs closer. Fujikawa is going to get every opportunity to keep the job as Cubs closer after Carlos Marmol struggled so mightily to start the season.
  • Alex Rios homered for the fourth time in as many games. Rios also hit two  singles and a stole base. Rios is on his way to a solid bounce back season in 2013.
  • Jason Motte and the Cardinals received bad news on Tuesday. An MRI on Motte's right elbow discovered a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. If he doesn't show improvement by May 1, he'll likely need Tommy John surgery.
  • Evan Gattis is expected to get more starts than Gerald Laird while first baseman Freddie Freeman is on the disabled list. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Gattis is a good replacement in the fourth spot in the lineup.