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08:08 AM ET 08.16 | Just 2-3 with a 4.85 ERA since the All-Star Game, Tim Lincecum has come unglued statistically. Perhaps more worrisome, his velocity, which once regularly hit 97 mph, topped out Sunday at 93 mph. Plus, he cannot stop tinkering with things, a sure sign of a pitcher badly out of sorts and uncomfortable in his skin. Lincecum has altered his windup, his delivery and even his warmup music, risking antagonizing the spirit of Jim Morrison by changing from The Doors to MGMT. "I'm trying to change too many things to fix things," he acknowledged. "You start focusing on the negative, and you start exacerbating things, and it manifests itself. I can't keep searching."

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Tim Lincecum, AP Tim Lincecum, AP
August 16, 2010  08:58 AM ET

First real comment! I've said it once and i'll say it again, I'm a huge fan of Tim's. I really hope he can shake the funk he's currently in. I know it's the elephant in the room, but does anyone think he could have been on PED's in his cy young seasons?

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August 16, 2010  09:25 AM ET

Weight of the hair is throwing off his forward momentum?

August 16, 2010  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Weight of the hair is throwing off his forward momentum?

well, it's either the hair...or he needs to drive to Humboldt Co. and pick up some of the really 'good' ****. ;-)

August 16, 2010  11:57 AM ET

Given his slight build, I think he'd be well served by starting to work more on finesse and less on power anyway.

August 16, 2010  01:10 PM ET

Just give him some weed and a haircut and he'll be fine

August 16, 2010  01:39 PM ET

Sounds like he is entering the Dead-arm part of the season we hear about.

August 16, 2010  01:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

First real comment! I've said it once and i'll say it again, I'm a huge fan of Tim's. I really hope he can shake the funk he's currently in. I know it's the elephant in the room, but does anyone think he could have been on PED's in his cy young seasons?

Agree: Huge fan of Tim's - hopes and thinks he'll rebound.
Disagree: PED's. Not even a quesiton. No way.

August 16, 2010  02:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I know it's the elephant in the room, but does anyone think he could have been on PED's in his cy young seasons?

Absolutely no chance that he was on PEDs. Look at the kid. He bends on windy days. He's has a really violent motion and his velocity has been down almost all season. Chances are in the offseason we'll see him have a minor procedure of some sort.

August 16, 2010  02:17 PM ET

More pitchers need to get on a weightlifting/cardio regimen. Its amazing how many are scrawny and/or out of shape. It really does take stress off the shoulder/arm when you can get more leverage and power out of a developed lower body. A lot of people forget how much of your pitching velocity is derived from your legs.

August 16, 2010  04:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

First real comment! I've said it once and i'll say it again, I'm a huge fan of Tim's. I really hope he can shake the funk he's currently in. I know it's the elephant in the room, but does anyone think he could have been on PED's in his cy young seasons?

Are you serious? Steroids? He weighs like 8 pounds, man.

August 16, 2010  04:24 PM ET

And he's still good. Very good actually. He's just been going through a funk. Look at his numbers this year.

August 16, 2010  05:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Just give him some weed and a haircut and he'll be fine

Sounds like Spicoli speaking.

 
August 17, 2010  01:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Sounds like Spicoli speaking.

I wanna talk to Sampson!!!!

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