Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Lincecum Watch

As I wrote last night, Tim Lincecum dominated last night, striking out 11 in 6.2 innings of 3-hit, 0-walk ball. Here are today's reports and features:

Here's my favorite part of the Tacoma News-Tribune story:

Lincecum unleashed a 99 mph fastball in the second inning, and his velocity stayed around 93-96 mph most of the game. His curveball bit hard, coming in around 85 mph.

Former Rainiers manager and current Fresno manager Dan Rohn likened Lincecum’s velocity and movement to Seattle’s Felix Hernandez during their time together in Tacoma.

“His stuff is close to Felix’s,” Rohn said.

Hernandez is 6-3, 230 pounds.

“I guess (Roy) Oswalt of the Astros isn’t much bigger than Lincecum,” Rohn said.

Brown, who pitched in 139 major league games, had to think for a moment on a big-league comparison to Lincecum.

“That’s tough,” Brown said. “I guess maybe Pedro (Martinez). He wasn’t that tall, and early on he could run it up there, 96-97 mph.”

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