Originally Posted by Proshares
Because Tim Lincecum has not been a very reliable starter since the 2011 season and they refused to put him in the bullpen up until the tail end of this year. It's worked out well for them but that's a John Smoltz situation begging to happen. But they honestly don't need that right now. His biggest struggle is pitching out of the stretch. you bring him in to the game in middle relief, you're asking to lose a series. I am hoping that they do that next year. Make him the closer, put him in the best position to succeed (no men on base/starting the inning) and maybe they have a good odd numbered year
Been saying this for a couple seasons now. Try him out as a closer. Maybe his velocity will come back having only to prepare for one inning at a time. With a 94+ MPH fastball, his location is quite as important as it is when he is throwing 89.
I think he could make a really good closer.