As the long and depressing 2013 season comes to an end there are a few things certain, the San Francisco Giants season is over, injuries were a big part of this seasons downfall, for the first time the team mentally checked out midway through the year and the fans are ready for the torture to end.
This team will be essentially the same next year as they are this year, but the outcome likely won’t be the same. This team is much better than 2013 proves; keep in mind THIS team won the 2012 World Series.
At this time, Timmy isn’t the Timmy we all love from prior years, but that Timmy is still there. He has shown flashes of his old self. When his command of the fast ball is there the slow stuff follows suit, when his confidence is there he can be that “Freak” we expect. Lincecum had 29 swing and misses in his no hitter earlier this year proving his stuff is still there.
The question is looming, is Lincecum worth the $22 million he is currently under contract for? Is he worth another 2 year $40 million dollar deal? The answer is quite simple, YES.
Lincecum is the face of this franchise in the eyes of the fans. Obviously Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner are the ones who will carry this pitching staff for years to come, but Lincecum has earned his chance to be a part of this rotation.
Two time Cy Young winner, two Time World Series Champion, and the one pitcher who for years was nearly a lock for a win every time he took the mound. Number 55 should be here to stay, if not to be the ace of the staff but to be a solid 3rd starter who will continue to win over fans and by my estimation will begin to win over opponents again as well.
Lincecum isn’t done, he isn’t washed up and if he’s in another uniform and bounces back it’ll leave a sour taste in our mouth. Timmy loves San Francisco, San Francisco loves Timmy and he should be our “Freaky Franchise” until his arm falls off.
Our 2014 rotation should be Cain, Bumgarner, Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong and a 5th starter. This rotation could be one of the best in the league, it’s worth a shot, nothing can be much worse than this year.
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