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?
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.
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.
Regarding Lincecum, which best summarizes your thoughts?
Just a slump, he'll be back. (38 votes)
He's about done, but it has nothing to do with pre-game regimen. (14 votes)
It's all about the long-toss. It will be leaving soon. (3 votes)
He should be doing more long-toss. Then he'd be still the bomb. (1 vote)
Soler will crush him. (33 votes)
89 total votes