“How do you throw your sinker!” Lincecum said. “Now I only throw a two-seamer that runs over the plate.”
Lincecum went on to say that he’d ask Hudson, the majors’ active leader with 205 wins, how he goes about his business when he isn’t getting results.
“When he doesn’t feel at his best, what did he turn to?” Lincecum said. “What made him feel he had a leg to stand on?”ogc thoughts
This is what I was hoping to hear about after Hudson was signed. This is in line with what the Giants did before in signing Morris (to mentor Cain) and Johnson (to mentor Sanchez, and probably Lincecum too), so this is probably something they thought of when pursuing him, and perhaps part of the calculus in giving Lincecum the money he got. Cain talked often about what he learned from Morris, even after Morris was gone.
And the timing was right. Atlanta decided to let Hudson go, and Lincecum needs help. He's making his chances, but there is more that can be done. And Hudson, wow, I knew he was good, but when I looked at his career numbers, he has been amazingly consistent. Roughly 3.5-ish ERA for his career, roughly 3.5 ERA before TJS, roughly 3.5 ERA after TJS, without skipping a beat. That type of consistency bespeaks his ability to adjust as hitters adjust, as his velocity declined, as his skills declined, as his body declined, and he basically found a way to be successful, despite anything the fates threw at him.
That's partly why I'm pretty confident that his ankle injury was just another bump on the road, another obstacle that he will figure out how to get the most of what he got left. He's too much of a professional to sign a contract if he's not feeling good and so far all the reports are that his recovery is right on track. And while you never know for certain - cough, DeRosa - broken ankles are not an unusual injury to get over, nothing exotic to get over, pretty cut and dried, at least to me.
And that's why I'm excited that Lincecum wants to pick from Hudson's brain his repertoire of tricks he has learned over his long career. If he can learn the sinker and how to pitch when he does not have his best stuff, I think that will more than pay for Hudson's contract AND Lincecum's contract TOGETHER. Timmies, please make it so.