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Lincecum Really Isn't Going Well

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    Giants Pitcher Tim Lincecum has shown he's human in a couple of his recent starts.

    The Freak isn't too freaky as of late.

    It's fair to say Timmy Lincecum is in the worst mini-stretch of his career, which culminated on Saturday when he got shelled by the Cincinnati Reds, giving up seven earned runs in less than five innings and struck out a career-low one batter with just two swing and misses in the entire outing.

    That's very unfreaky.

    It wasn't Lincecum's first bad start of the year.

    In his previous start, he gave up four runs in five innings in a no-decision against the Washington Nationals.

    The one before that? Six and a third innings while allowing 10 hits and five earned runs against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Now, to be fair, Lincecum went at least seven innings of five of his previous six starts leading up to this stretch, but something clearly isn't right with him right now.

    He also had a terrible month of August in 2010 after Bengie Molina was traded to the Texas Rangers.

    Could this stretch be because of Posey's absence? Why not bring Molina out of retirement right now? Makes sense to me, and I'm sure it would to Lincecum too.