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  1. I believe that there are usually reasons for the numbers we see as opposed to simply chalking it all up to statistical chance and luck. I’m not sure what, if anything, diet and conditioning has to do with Lincecum’s velocity and performance, but he has definitely had his ups and downs and I believe it is a contributing factor.

    Prior to, and during the 2011 season he bulked up to improve his stamina as blamed his terrible August of 2010 on being underweight. He bulked up by gorging himself at In-N-Out eating Double-Doubles, milkshakes and Animal Fries. He did appear to stay strong all season but looked bloated and puffy in the second half and believed he lost flexibility due to his weight.

    In preparing for 2011, he decided to go for flexibility again and used swimming as his conditioning regimen. By midseason he was noticeably underweight, rail thin with his uniform hanging off of him. He clearly did not have the stamina to go more than a few innings at at time by the end of the season and postseason.

    Just my opinion, but Timmy needs to spend some of his $20 M loot on a professional nutritionist and conditioning coach. It is possible to get more calories and gain weight without gorging at In-N-Out, and it’s also possible to get stronger without sacrificing flexibility if you do it right.

    Timmy likes to march to the beat of his own drummer, though, so I’m not holding out a lot of hope.

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — November 23, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

  2. My theory all year has been that Timmy stopped smoking weed.

    Comment by Jose — November 24, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

  3. Why would he quit smoking if it is legal there? I think started smoking more since he got his money. Weed makes you carefree and have less control over your body and reactions so it should not help control or power of pitches, but rather make them much worse.

    Comment by kiss my GO NATS — November 26, 2012 @ 4:09 am

  4. Yeah, but he doesn’t have the body of someone with serious munchies!

    Comment by SKob — November 26, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

  5. Did James know Farrell would be coaching Lester when he made this prediction?

    Comment by DITC153 — May 10, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

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