Tonight on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, 22-year-old Tim Lincecum made his Giants debut. The kid, who goes by the nickname "The Franchise", certainly has a bit of learning to do before he becomes a quality major league pitcher. Ryan Howard hit one of Lincecum's fastballs so hard I think it's still flying over San Francisco Bay. In his debut, Lincecum got a no decision, giving up 4 earned runs and walking 5 in 4 1/3 innings.
But that said, it's never easy to come up to the big leagues at such a young age and have to perform on a pretty big stage. Everyone struggles for a period of time. The leap from AAA to The Show is no easy task.
Lincecum's pedigree is impressive. He won the 2006 Golden Spikes Award, throws consistently in the high 90s, and was 4-0 in 5 starts with the Giants AAA affiliate before being called up. He also made Jimmy Rollins look stupid in the third by just throwing hard cheese past him at will.
The Giants have made it clear that Lincecum is untouchable, and I can understand why. Even though Howard blasted that still orbiting homer, there were more than a few times when Lincecum's stuff looked totally unhittable. All I can say is I'm glad he's ours, and I hope he improves quickly.