Apparently the Giants aren't willing to fork over $22 million next season for Tim Lincecum to pitch out of the bullpen.
Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed on Sunday that despite Lincecum's postseason success in the bullpen, he'll return to his usual role as a starter in 2013, according to USA Today Sports. Lincecum has excelled in the relief role, pitching 4 2/3 hitless innings with eight strikeouts and just one walk.
"Timmy is an incredible talent and he's a great starter," Bochy said. "It just so happened that we thought he could really help us in the bullpen, where he's done an amazing job, but he's a starter and that's where he is going next year."
Lincecum struggled during the regular season as a starter, going 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 186 innings. His fastball was down 2 mph from 2011, averaging 90.4 in 2012 and 92.3 in 2011. Part of Lincecum's lack of success can be attributed to bad luck; his career BABIP (batting average on balls in play) is .295, while it stood...