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OT?: On Tim Lincecum's Struggles



Normally discussing a pitcher's struggles, especially a non-Cub pitcher, isn't a major concern of mine. In this case, there is a reason I'm at least intrigued. As to whether his career is on a downward spiral isn't why I'm writing this. I'm writing this because of the why.

Lincecum's delivery and training are, to say the least, a bit unorthodox. His long-toss methods have been controversial and divisive. What it boils to is this: do his recent struggles represent a concern for others using the same training regimen? Will pitchers going forward that throw a similar pre-game method have a shortened shelf life?

Tell us what you think his problem is. Location? Command? Off-field issues? Reversion to the mean? Law of averages? BABIP Gods? Temperatures by the Bay?

Will this color your impression of long-toss, a trend that seems/seemed to be gaining steam, including in the Cubs system. I know, you're upset. No talk about Team Theo.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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