Rockies tee off on Lincecum's fastball

Rockies tee off on Lincecum's fastball
March 8, 2012, 12:08 am
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Tim Lincecum didnt see 49-year-oldJamie Moyer subdue the Giants for two scoreless innings on Wednesday.

Lincecum was already upstairs in the trainers room, liftingweights and trying to forget about how the Colorado Rockies peppered his rathertame fastball for five runs in two innings.

Look what I did, that was terrible, Lincecum said. Andthen Im the one that says, 'Wow, hes 49. Hes going back out there.' Hesprobably telling me to shut up right now. I will.

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Lincecum certainly did not silence the Rockies. CharlieBlackmon led off the game with a home run as Colorado sent 13 batters to theplate and collected seven hits. Lincecums fastball command wasnt good, andwhats more, his velocity topped out at 91 mph for the second consecutivestart; he pitched at 88-89 on average.

Thats well below last years average fastball velocity of92.2 mph, according to PitchFX. While its very early, Lincecum typicallydoesnt need much time in the spring to ramp up.

Lincecum said he wasnt concerned.

Uh, yeah, I mean, its tough to tell right now, Lincecumsaid. I feel the ball is coming out fine. If anything was a real problem Imsure (catcher Chris Stewart) would come out and say, 'Hey man, somethings notright.' I felt fine and other than the result. Everythings good.

Stewart said Lincecum was just fighting to get his fastballsdown.

Nothing to worry about, he said. When the season starts,hell be the Timmy that were all used to.

Said manager Bruce Bochy: Youll have stages in the springwhen youre getting your arm in shape. You go through the dead arm. Thats whyyoure here. Youll have velocity fluctuations.

Lincecum cannot afford to fluctuate too much. The moredifferential between his fastball and his 83-mph changeup, the more effectivethat most lethal put-away pitch will be.

Lincecum threw just 26 of his 46 pitches for strikes, andadmitted he got a little changeup happy. But he said his rhythm was good. Ifelt my times to the plate were good. It was a matter of them hitting it. Thatwas the only difference. Those innings were kind of rough, obviously. Youvegot to eliminate ... trying to get super competitive out there and (instead)focus on what youre trying to work on.

Right now Im trying to stay behind my fastball and givemyself a little less to think about. Everything for pitchers is pressure pointsand fine-tuning little movements in your hand. Im trying right now toeliminate all that and just worry about arm speed and release point.

As for that whistle he claims to hear when the ball iscoming out right?

Yeah, Lincecum said. Yeah, its there. I feel like itsthere.

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