Graduated from Liberty (Renton, WA) High School...led Patriots to 3A state championship in 2003, while being named Washington's Gatorade Player of Year...Attended University of Washington...was tabbed nation's second-best amateur prospect by Baseball America in 2006 after leading country in strikeouts during collegiate season...two-time Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of Year is league's all-time leader with 491 career strikeouts... garnered first team All-America accolades in 2006, going 12-4 with three saves and a 1.94 ERA (27er, 125.1ip) in 22 games (17 starts) for Huskies...Put together brilliant summer in 2005 Cape Cod League and earned Baseball America Summer All-America honors... became first player ever to be named both Pac-10 Freshman of Year and Pac-10 Pitcher of Year in 2004.
Went 12-9 with a 4.74 ERA (82er, 155.2ip) in 33 games (26 starts)...Was moved to the bullpen on Aug. 25, after struggling for a span of six starts from July 25-Aug. 23, going 1-3 with a 9.49 ERA (26erm 24.2ip)...Went 10-9 with a 4.67 ERA (75er, 144.2ip) in 26 starts, compared to a 2-0 mark with a 5.73 ERA (7er, 11.0ip) in seven relief outings...Struggled on the road, going 3-6 with a 6.02 ERA (41er, 61.1ip)...in comparison, he finished 9-3 with a 3.91 ERA (41er, 94.1ip) at home...his 6.02 road ERA was the secondhighest in the NL among pitchers who made at least 10 starts away from home...His 15 wild pitches were tied for the most in the National League...Won four-consecutive starts from June 25-July 11 posting a 0.30 ERA (1er, 30.1ip) during this stretch...he became the sixth Giants pitcher to go 4-0 with an ERA that low over a four-start stretch since 1920, joining Bill Walker in 1930 (4-0, 0.29), Sal Maglie in 1950 (4-0, 0.00), Gaylord Perry in 1970 (4-0, 0.00), Rick Rueschel in 1989 (4-0, 0..30) and Matt Cain in 2006 (4-0, 0.00) (Elias)...Tossed his second career no-hitter in his outing on June 25 vs. San Diego...became the 31st pitcher with multiple no-hitters and became the fourth active pitcher to achieve the feat, joining Homer Bailey, Mark Buerhle and Justin Verlander (Elias)...Became just the second pitcher in Major League history to twice no-hit the same team...Hall of Famer Addie Joss did it for the Cleveland Naps against the Chicago White Sox with a perfect game in 1908 and a no-hitter in 1910 (Elias). Made his second career regular season relief appearance on July 22 at Philadelphia in the 14th inning and recorded his first career save...he became the ninth pitcher in Major League history to have a no-hitter and record a save in the same season (since saves became an official statistic in 1969) (Elias).
Completed his seventh season in a Giants uniform, going 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA (96er, 197.2ip) along with 193 strikeouts in 32 starts. Joined Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry and Kirk Rueter as the only Giants pitchers in the SF-era (since 1958) to record at least 10 wins in six consecutive seasons. His 1,510 career strikeouts are the third-most since 1893 through a pitchers first seven seasons, behind Tom Seaver (1,655) and Bert Blyleven (1,546) (Elias). Among NL leaders ranked 10th with 193 strikeouts and 11th with 8.79 strikeouts per 9.0 innings...his 14 losses were tied for the third-most in the league, his 76 walks issued were tied for the fourth-highest and his 102 runs allowed were the seventh-most. Opponents went 21-for-23 (91.3%) in stolen base attempts against him for the fifth-highest percentage among NL pitchers...his 21 stolen bases against were the fourthmost in the league. Did not walk a batter in his start on May 1 at Arizona, snapping a string of 59-consecutive starts with a walk (had been the logest active streak in MLB). Matched his career-high by allowing eight runs (8 earned) on July 22 vs. Cincinnati, an 11-0 loss...logged just 3.2 innings and allowed three home runs for the third time in his career. Tossed his first career no-hitter on July 13 at San Diego...was the 15th in franchise history and marked the seventh no-hitter in San Francisco-era history...was the first nohitter by a Giants pitcher on the road since RHP John Montefusco's no-no on Sept. 29, 1976 at Atlanta. Became the fifth multiple Cy Young Award winner at the time of his first no-hitter (also: Johan Santana, Bret Saberhagen, Tom Seaver and Bob Gibson). Needed 148 pitches for his first no-hitter, one shy of the most in any no-no in the last quarter century...Edwin Jackson threw 149 pitches in his no-hitter at Tampa Bay on June 25, 2010. Lincecum struck out six-straight Padres from the 2nd inning to the 4th, tying the most consecutive Ks in his career (also: June 23, 2011, against the Twins) (Stats, LLC). Was the losing pitcher in Homer Bailey's June 2nd nohitter... the only pitcher who was the loser in a no-no and then threw the next one in baseball was Mal Eason in 1906 with Brooklyn (Elias). Was named NL Player of the Week for July 8-14 after tossing his first career no-hitter...marked the second time in his career that he won MLB's weekly award.
Battled during his sixth season in the big leagues, going 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA (107er, 186.0ip) and 190 strikeouts in 33 starts. His 5.18 ERA was the highest among all qualifying pitchersin the National League and the fourth-highest in the Majors...entered the season with a career ERA of 2.98, but it now stands at 3.31, raising by more than 1/3. Not only were his 15 losses a career-high, but he also allowed a career-high in runs (111), earned runs (107), home runs (23) and walks (90) while tossing career-lows in innings pitched (186.0) and strikeouts (190). Led the NL in losses, runs allowed, earned runs, wild pitches (17) and ranked second in walks. Gave up a total of 66 earned runs in 2011...his 107 earned runs allowed were 26 more than his previous high (81 in2010). Tied Madison Bumgarner for the most home runs allowed on the team with 23...allowed 16 HRs on the road and seven at home. Was the first Giants pitcher to start at least 30 games and have an ERA as high as 5.18 since Livan Hernandez in2001 (5.24 ERA in 34 starts). Became the third pitcher since 1893 - after Tom Seaver (1,404) and Bert Blyleven (1,327) - to reach 1,300 strikeoutsin six seasons...was 10 strikeouts shy of reachingthe 200-strikeout plateau, snapping his streak of four consecutive seasons of 200+ strikeouts. His 28 runs allowed in the first inning were the most in the Majors...allowed a total of eight runs in the first inning in 2011. Was susceptible to allowing big innings, giving up three-or-more runs in a single frame eight times, four-or-moreruns four times and five-or-more runs once. Failed to reach the 5.0 inning mark in seven of his outings...had recorded only 15 such starts in his career prior to 2012. Recorded only 13 quality starts in 33 outings, the second fewest quality starts in the NL among pitchers with at least 30 starts (Tommy Hanson, 10). Struggled to hold runners on, allowing 25 stolen bases, the fifth-most in the NL.
Completed his 5th season in Giants uniform and suffered his 1st losing record of his career, going 13-14 with 2.74 ERA (66er, 217.0ip) and 220 strikeouts in 33 starting assignments. ... Was named to his 4th-straight NL All-Star team. ... His 14 losses were career-high, although posted ERA under 3.00 for 3rd time in 5 campaigns. ... Finished 5th overall in National League with 2.74 ERA. ... Among NL leaders was tied for 3rd in strikeouts, 4th in opponents avg. against (.222) and 8th in innings pitched. ... His 86 walks allowed were 2nd-most in NL behind Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin (87) and most he's given up inseason in his career. ... Averaged 16.6 pitches per inning, which was 8th-highest figure in NL and highest mark of his career. ... Held opponents to .115 avg. against (11-for-96) with runners in scoring position and 2 outs...that was 2nd-lowestfigure among NL starters behind Atlanta's Tommy Hanson (.075). ... Reached 200-strikeout plateau for 4th-consecutive season, joining Amos Rusie (1890-93) of New York Giants and Juan Marichal (1963-66) of SF Giants as only pitchers in franchise history with 200+ strikeouts in 4-straight seasons. ... Also reached 200.0 innings for 4th-straight campaign, joining Jack Sanford (4-straight, 1960-63), Juan Marichal (10-straight, 1962-71), Gaylord Perry (6-straight, 1966-71),Jim Barr (5-straight, 1973-77) and Matt Cain (5-straight, 2007-11) as only pitchers in SF-era history to log at least 4-or-more consecutive seasons of 200+ innings. ... Finished 3rd in NL and 4th in Majors in road ERA, fashioning 2.38 figure (28er, 105.2ip)...had led big leagues in that category for most of season until allowing 7 earned runs in his final 2 road starts. ... Was tabbed with Majors' lowest run support, averagingjust 2.94 runs per game...Giants scored total of just 71 runs in his starts after plating 115 runs in his starts in both 2009-10. ... Not only was his run support average lowest figure of his career, but it was 3rd-lowest mark for any starting pitchersince 2000 behind Ted Lilly (2.88 RSA in 2010) and Greg Smith (2.88 RSA in 2008). ... It was also 4th-lowest mark for starting pitcher in SF-erahistory behind Vida Blue (2.67 RSA in 1981), Atlee Hammaker (2.79 RSA in 1985) and Mike Krukow (2.87 RSA in 1985). ... Received zero runs of support in 10 of his 33 starts, 1 run-or-fewer in 16 of 33 outings and 2 runs-or-fewer in 21 outings...his 10 starts with receiving no run support were tied with New York's (NL) Mike Pelfrey for 2nd-most in big leagues...Los Angeles' (AL) Tyler Chatwood led with 11 such starts. ... 11 of his 14 losses came when he received 1-or-fewer runs of support. ... Posted 12-3 record when receiving 2-or-more runsof support. ... Allowed 1 run-or-fewer in 18 of 33 starts. ... Tied Philadelphia's Cliff Lee for NL lead with 15 starts of logging at least 7.0 innings and giving up 1 run-or-fewer. ... Became 1st Giants pitcher to take hill for 3-straightOpening Days since Livan Hernandez did so from 2000-02. ... Struck out 13 batters in his 2nd start of season on April 6 at San Diego. ... Was within 8 outs of tossing SF's 14th no-hitter infranchise history on April 18 at Colorado before Carlos Gonzalez hit changeup through hole between 1st and 2nd base with one out in 7th inning, breaking up his longest no-hit bid of his career. ... Struck out 10 batters on April 18 at Colorado for his 28th career double-digit strikeout game, tying Christy Mathewson for most in Giants franchise history (since 1900). ... Had another no-hitter broken up by Diamondbacks' pitcherIan Kennedy with 1 out in 6th inning on May 10 at AT&T Park...had allowed just 3 baserunners to his 17 batters faced (2 BBs, error), before Kennedy lined one-out single up middle to break no-hitter. ... After blanking Rockies for 4.0 innings on May 16 at Coors Field, he extended his scoreless streak to 21-consecutive innings, 2nd-longest of his career...however, walked off mound having allowed 7 runs (3er), tying most he's ever given up in start, matching his 7 runs allowed on June 13, 2007 vs. Toronto. ... Recorded his 5th career shutout and 8th career complete game in his start on May 21 vs. Oakland...retired careerhigh21-consecutive batters faced from 1st-8th innings...his 133 pitch effort was 2nd-most he'd thrown in his career and most by any pitcher in Majors in 2011. ... Allowed his 1st career pinch-hit home run to St. Louis' Allen Craig on June 1 at Busch Stadium...was in line for victory as Giants held 4-3 lead in 7th, however, he couldn'thold 1-run lead as Craig's 2-run shot put Red Birds ahead 5-4...Lincecum tied his career-high by allowing 10 hits in contest, including 4 to his final four batters faced. ... Recorded his 1,000th career strikeout of his ML career on June 6 vs. Washington after striking out Jerry Hairston toend top of 2nd inning. ... Became 8th pitcher in modern era (since 1900) with 1,000 strikeouts in his 1st 5 seasons...7 pitchers who have reached this milestone are: Tom Seaver (1,155), Bert Blyleven (1,094), Dwight Gooden (1,067), Kerry Wood (1,065), Grover Cleveland Alexander (1,036), Hideo Nomo (1,031) and Mark Langston (1,018). ... According to Elias, Hairston was 3,692nd batter that Lincecum faced in big leagues...among Major-League pitchers who began their careers since 1900, only ones who had faced fewer batters at time of their 1,000th career strikeout than Lincecum were Billy Wagner (3,022),Octavio Dotel (3,478) and Kerry Wood (3,609). ... Tied his career-high by allowing 7 earned runs on June 11 vs. Cincinnati...his 1 strikeout in that game was also 1st time in his professional career to have just 1 punchout...had struck out at least 2 batters in all of his previous 136 career starts. ... Was named to his 4th-straight NL All-Star team, becoming 1st Giant to be selected to 4-straight Mid-Summer Classics since Barry Bonds was named to 5-straight from 2000-04...also became 1st Giants pitcher to be elected that many consecutive times since Juan Marichal appeared in 8-straight from 1962-69...Lincecum did not appear in game. ... Was late scratch from his start on July 26 at Philadelphia after suffering stomach ailment...Barry Zito moved up day to take his place. ... Did not allow run and struck out 10 batters to help Giants earn 3-0 victory on Aug. 13 at Florida...marked 5th and final double-digit strikeout game of season and 3rd time in 2011 that he had struck out at least 10 batters withoutallowing run, matching most such games in season by Giants pitcher since 1900...3 other Giants pitchers had 3 such games in season: Carl Hubbell in 1933; Sam Jones in 1958; and Ray Sadecki in 1968. ... Allowed 2 runs-or-fewer in 9-straight starts from July 9-Aug. 24, longest such streak of his career. ... Was rocked for 3 HRs for 1st time in his career on Aug. 29 vs. Chicago-NL...Lincecum was making his 150th start in that game, longest such span of starts without allowing 3HRs since Kevin Brown made his 1st 312 starts without 3-HR performance from 1986-98. ... Received no decision in his start on Sept. 9 vs. Los Angeles-NL, despite allowing 1 run in 8.0 innings...marked his 6th start in 2011 in which he failed to register win in game in which he allowed 1-or-fewer runs in at least 7.0 innings pitched...that was most such starts made in singleseason by Giants pitcher in 96 years since Jeff Tesreau had 6 such outings in 1915.
Went 16-10 with 3.43 ERA (81er, 212.1ip), 231 strikeouts and .242 opponents avg. against (194-for-802) in 33 starts in what was his 3rd full season at Major League level...was named to his 3rd-straight All-Star team...Suffered career-high 10 losses and allowed career-highs in hits (194), runs (84), home runs (18) and posted his highest ERA in season since 2007...Led National League with 231 strikeouts for 3rd year in row, joining Randy Johnson (1999-2002) and Warren Spahn (1949-52) as only NL pitchers since World War II to pace league in strikeouts for 3-consecutive seasons...Lincecum also joined Christy Mathewson (1903-05) as only pitchers in Giants franchise history to lead league in strikeouts for 3-straight years...Was named to his 3rd-straight All-Star team, becoming 1st Giants pitcher to earn All-Star honors in 3-consecutive years since Juan Marichal did so in 8-straight from 1962-69...did not appear in AS G as he was slated to throw multiple innings in case game went into extra innings...Had trouble getting left-handed batters out, as they hit him at career-high .254 clip (108-for-426)...lefties hit .214 in 2007, .221 in 2008 and .209 in 2009...Began season going 5-0 with 1.76 ERA (11er, 56.1ip)...could have easily been 8-0 as he earned no decisions in 3-straight outings from April 28-May 9, as bullpen was not able to hold lead in all 3 of those games...overall, bullpen blew lead in 4 of his games...Earned his 4th-straight victory April 23 vs. St. Louis becoming 1st Giants pitcher to win his 1st 4 starts with no losses or no-decisions to begin season since Livan Hernandez won his 1st 4 in 2002 (STATS, Inc.)...marked just 2nd time in Lincecum's career to win 4-consecutive starting assignments (also, June 23-July 9, 2009)...Began 2nd half of season on strong note by tossing his finest outing of year in SF's 2-0 shutout victory vs. Mets on July 15 at AT&T Park...fired his 1st shutout of year (4th of his career), which was 6-hit gem that included 5 strikeouts and just one walk en route to his 50th career victory... according to Elias, Lincecum became 2nd-fastest player in SF-era history to win his 50th career game, doing so in his 109th career contest (Juan Marichal earned his 50th career win in his 97th game)...prior to Lincecum, 3 most recent pitchers who had winning percentage of .700 or higher and an ERA below 3.00 at time of their 50th win in big leagues were Dwight Gooden in the 1980s, Ron Guidry in the 1970s and Whitey Ford in the 1950s...Made slight change to his delivery in his start on July 30 vs. Los Angeles, raising his arms over his head from windup, something he once did in college...he needed 62 pitches to get through 1st 3.0 innings, but was more efficient remainder of way, ending with 7.0 innings and limiting Dodgers to just 2 runs in SF's 6-5 victory...Had worst career stretch in month of August, losing each of his 5 starts (career-high), while logging 7.82 ERA (22er, 25.1ip) and .311 avg. against (33-for-106)...received total of just 6 runs of support over those 5 games (2.13 RSA )...his 7.82 ERA in August was highest figure in any calendar month of his career...allowed at least 4 earned runs in each of his final 4 starts during month...his longest previous streak of starts surrendering 4-or-more ER s was mere 2...last Giants pitcher to go at least 0-5 with an ERA of 7.80-or-higher for one month was Bud Black, who went 0-6 with 8.01 ERA in Sept. of 1992...Defeated one of best pitchers in game in Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez on Sept. 1 at AT&T Park in SF's 2-1 victory, thus snapping his career-high 5-game losing streak...pitched 8.0 innings while allowing just 1 run (solo HR to Carlos Gonzalez) on 5 hits with 9 strikeouts...it marked his 1st win since July 30th...Rebounded from career-worst 5-game losing streak with quality starts in 5 of his final 6 regular season games, going 5-1 with 1.94 ERA (9er, 41.2ip), along with 52 strikeouts against 8 walks in month of Sept...his 5 Sept. wins tied Roy Halladay and Derek Lowe for most by any NL pitchers and his 1.94 ERA ranked as 11th-best in NL in season's final month...Went 7-for-67 (.104) at plate with 13 sacrifice hits (5th-most in NL)...became 1st Giants pitcher in 87 years to have at least 3 hits and 3-or-more RBI in game in which he did not allow run, doing so on April 17 at Los Angeles-NL (tossed 6.0-scoreless frames that day)...Phil Douglas (June 4, 1921) and Jack Scott (Sept. 11, 1923) were only other pitchers to achieve feat (Elias)....POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS
:Helped lead Giants' surge to their 1st-ever World Series Championship in San Francisco in 2010, posting 4-1 record with 2.43 ERA (10er, 37.0ip) with 43 strikeouts against 9 walks in 6 games (5 starts)...Was named winner of Babe Ruth Award as Most Valuable Player of postseason by BBWAA 's New York chapter...Passed Christy Mathewson (1905) for most wins by Giants starter in single postseason...Opened Division Series vs. Atlanta on Oct. 7 with 2-hit, 14-strikeout effort in San Francisco's 1-0 victory, becoming 5th-youngest pitcher to fan at least 14 batters in postseason game and 6th pitcher in ML history to throw 1-0 shutout in his postseason debut...joined Roger Clemens (2000 Yankees) as only pitchers to strike out 14+ and allow 2 hits or fewer in postseason shutout...Lincecum's 14 strikeouts in Game 1 of LDS surpassed record for most strikeouts by Giants pitcher in postseason game (Jesse Barnes, Oct. 11, 1921 vs. NY; Carl Hubbell, Oct. 3, 1933 vs. Washington; Hal Schumacher, Oct. 5, 1936 vs. NYY ; and Jack Sanford, Oct. 10, 1962 vs. NYY each had 10 apiece)...Tied all-time record for most strikeouts in World Series-clinching game with 10 on Nov. 1 at Texas...became 1st pitcher to record that many Ks in such game since Bob Gibson fanned 10 batters in Game 7 of 1967 World Series against Boston...Defeated Rangers' ace Cliff Lee twice in 2010 World Series...only other Giants starters to win 2 games in World Series are Mathewson (1905), Rube Marquard (1912), Carl Hubbell (1933) and Phil Douglas (1921)...Became 4th NL pitcher with at least 10 strikeouts, allowing 3 hits or fewer and 1 earned run or fewer in World Series contest when he limited Rangers to those totals in Game 5 of Fall Classic on Nov. 1 at Rangers Ballpark.
named 2009 NL Cy Young Award winner by Baseball Writers Association of America, winning 3rd-closest Cy Young race since current election format was created in 1970...edged St. Louis' Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright, receiving 11 of 32 first-place votes, 12 2nd-place votes and 9 3rd-place votes to finish with 100 points...Carpenter got 9 first-place votes and finished with 94 points, while Wainwright received most first-place votes with 12, but finished 3rd with 90 points...election also marked only 2nd time that pitcher won award without receiving most 1st-place votes...only other time that pitcher won Cy Young Award without most 1st-place votes was in 1998 when Atlanta's Tom Glavine had 11 to San Diego reliever Trevor Hoffman's 13...Lincecum's 15 wins in 2009 were fewest for any starting pitcher to win Cy Young in season not shortened by work stoppage...became 1st player to win award twice in his 1st 3 seasons in majors...both Cy Young Award winners in 2009, Lincecum and Kansas City's Zach Greinke, were each 25 years old at end of season...according to Elias, there's been only two other seasons since Cy was first awarded in each league in 1967 in which two winners were younger than 26 at season's end...happened in 1985 (Dwight Gooden, 20 and Brett Saberhagen, 21) and in 1969 (Denny McLain, 25, shared AL Award with Mike Cuellar, 32, while Seaver, 24 took home NL hardware)...received 8 points, with 7th-place vote, 9th-place vote and 2 10th place votes to rank 19th in MVP voting...also named NL Pitcher of Year by Sporting News, Lincecum finished campaign with 15-7 record with 2.48 ERA (62er, 225.1ip), 4 complete games, 261 strikeouts against 68 walks and yielding .206 avg. against (168-for-814) in 32 starts for San Francisco...became 1 of only 4 Giants pitchers in franchise history to have as many as 15 wins, log 200-or-more innings, register 250-or-more strikeouts and post an ERA of 2.50 or less in same season...became 1st Giants player to accomplish this feat since Christy Mathewson in 1908 (37 wins, 390.2ip, 259 Ks, 1.43 ERA)...among National League leaders ranked 1st in strikeouts and strikeouts per 9.0 innings (10.42), 1st in quality starts (26), tied for 1st in complete games, 2nd in ERA and opponents avg. against, 3rd in innings pitched and fewest HRs allowed per 9.0 innings (0.40), tied for 4th in wins and 6th in winning pct. (.682)...led NL in strikeouts for 2nd-consecutive season, joining Christy Mathewson as only Giants in franchise history to pace league in K's in consecutive years...Mathewson accomplished feat twice from 1907-1908 and in 3-straight years from 1903-1905...became 1st pitcher in NL to achieve feat since Randy Johnson did it in 4-straight from 1999-2002...was just 7 strikeouts shy of eclipsing Mathewson's modern-day franchise record for strikeouts in single-season which is 267, set in 1903...reached 200-strikeout plateau for 2nd-consecutive season, joining Jason Schmidt (2003-04) as only Giants in last 39 seasons to record back-to-back years of 200 or more K's and just 1 of 4 Giants to accomplish feat: Juan Marichal (1963-66, 1968-69), Gaylord Perry (1966-67, 1969-70) and Schmidt...recorded most double-digit strikeout games in majors with 8 and had at least 8 Ks in 20 of his 32 starts...fanned 8+ in 10-straight assignments May 10-Aug. 1, becoming 1st hurler to accomplish that feat since Pedro Martinez in 2002 (11-straight starts with 8+ Ks)...was 15-7 when punching out 8+ batters...posted career-best 15 K's July 27 vs. Pittsburgh, becoming just 3rd Giants pitcher since 1958 to fan 15-or-more batters in single contest...allowed 1 earned run- or-less in 13 of his 32 starts and 2 earned runs-or-less in 21 assignments...tossed 8.0-or-more innings while allowing 1 earned run-or-less in 9 starts, by far most such games of any pitcher in NL, ahead of teammate Matt Cain (6), St. Louis' Chris Carpenter (6) and Adam Wainwright (6), and Arizona's Dan Haren (5)...went 10-2 (.833) with 1.88 ERA (26er, 124.1ip) in 17 starts at home for highest home winning pct. in NL and 5th in majors...his .833 home winning pct. was also tied for 9th-best in SF-era history among starters...according to Elias, last pitcher with as many strikeouts (146) with as low an ERA in home games as Lincecum had in 2009 in one season was Roger Clemens for 1997 Blue Jays...Clemens was 10-4 with 1.52 ERA and 153 strikeouts at SkyDome that year...posted 5-5 record with 3.21 ERA (36er, 101.0ip) in 15 starts on road...after going 5-1 in his 1st 9 road games was winless in his final 6 road starts, going 0-4...held opposing batters to .206 avg. against (168-for-814), left-handers at .209 (96-for-459) and right-handers at .203 (72-for-355)...held opposition to .140 avg. (36-for-257) his 1st time through lineup, 3rd-lowest in majors, behind San Diego's Mike Adams (.111) and Texas' Neftali Felix (.124)...held batters to .226 avg. (36-for-159) with RISP, but .233 clip (21-for-90) with RISP and 2 outs...was named Opening Day starter by manager Bruce Bochy, becoming just 1 of 5 pitchers originally drafted by San Francisco to start an opener for Giants (others were Terry Mulholland, John Burkett, Bob Knepper and Jim Barr...became 28th different Opening Day starting pitcher in SF-era history (Juan Marichal holds Giants' record for most OD starts with 10)...also became 1st Giants amateur draft selection to start an opener since Terry Mulholland (1st rd. pick in 1984) in 1995...was 24 years and 296 days old in his 2009 debut April 7 vs. Milwaukee, becoming 3rd youngest Giants Opening Day starter, joining Juan Marichal (24 years, 172 days in 1962) and Mark Davis (23 years, 165 days in 1984)...lasted just 3.0 innings (matching his shortest start of career) while allowing 3 runs on 4 hits with 5 Ks in that OD outing against Brewers...according to Elias, Lincecum joined Sandy Koufax as only pitchers to have won Cy Young Award and lasted as few as 3.0 innings in their 1st starts in following season...Koufax won award in 1965 and in his 1st start in 1966, lasted just 3.0 innings after allowing 5 runs to Astros...started year off slow, going 0-1 with 3.86 ERA (7er, 16.1ip) over his 1st 3 starts...slow start may have been due to bronchitis he suffered in spring training or lingering effect from an upset stomach, which prompted Giants to fly him back early from 1st road trip of season...rebounded and struck out 13 Arizona batters in 8.0-shutout innings April 18 at AT&T Park, however wound up with no decision after closer Brian Wilson allowed go-ahead 2-run 2B to Chris Young in 9th inning of San Francisco's 2-0 loss...became 1 of just 5 Giants in SF-era history to register at least 13 punchouts and not issue walk in same game and 1st player to accomplish feat twice...earned 1st win of year April 24 at Arizona, fanning 12 D-Backs over 8.0 innings of Giants' 5-1 win...recorded his 3rd-consecutive victory May 5 at Chicago-NL, as Giants scored 3 runs for him in top of 1st inning and he took over, logging 7.0 innings in SF's 6-2 win...according to Elias, it marked just 2nd time in 33 road starts that he was staked to 3-run cushion before even throwing pitch...tossed 8.0-shutout frames May 26 vs. Atlanta in SF's 4-0 victory...registered his 500th career strikeout June 2 at Washington by striking out his 1st batter faced (Cristian Guzman)...reached milestone in just his 69th career game...according to Elias, only 5 pitchers who entered major leagues in 1900 or later got to 500 strikeouts in fewer games: Dwight Gooden (61), Hideo Nomo (66), Kerry Wood (66), Mark Prior (67) and Herb Score (68)...was fastest Giant to reach that mark, surpassing Jason Schmidt, who held previous mark with 75 games and 500 Ks...tossed 3 complete games in 4-game span June 12-29, becoming 1st Giants pitcher since Jason Schmidt (2003) to post that many complete games in 4-start stretch...tossed his 2nd career complete-game shutout in SF's 3-0 blanking of Oakland June 12 at AT&T Park...played key role in Giants' 3-run 5th inning with 1-out single that scored 1st run of game...had career-best 6-game winning streak April 24-June 12, forging 6-0 record with 2.39 ERA (19er, 71.2ip) in 10 starts...Giants were 7-3 in that stretch...had streak snapped June 17 vs. LAA after allowing 4 runs (3er) on 8 hits with 9 Ks...went distance again June 23 at Oakland in SF's 4-1 win...lone run allowed was solo HR to Jason Giambi in 2nd inning...was named NL Pitcher of Month for June after going 4-1 with 1.48 ERA (8er, 48.2ip), 3 complete games, 48 strikeouts against 9 walks and holding opposing batters to .202 avg. against (35-for-173) in his 6 June assignments...was his 1st-ever Pitcher of Month Award...also for his efforts during month was named MLB's Clutch Performer...recorded his 2nd-straight complete-game, his 5th of his career and his 3rd career shutout June 29 at St. Louis...needed just 95 pitches, fewest in his career in CG, while striking out 8 and allowing only 2 baserunners...his 2 hits allowed set new career-low in CG...improved to 4-0 with 1.61 ERA in 4 career starts against St. Louis...according to Elias, last pitcher to win each of his 1st 4 starts against Cards was Pat Combs for Phillies from 1989-1991...last to accomplish feat with as low an ERA as Lincecum was Bryn Smith for Expos from 1983-84 (0.79 ERA)...had career-best 29.0-inning scoreless streak from June 23-July 9, marking 4th-longest streak in SF-era history...only longer streaks were by Gaylord Perry (40.0 innings in 1967 and 39.0 innings in 1970) and Juan Marichal (30.0 innings in 1966)...his 29.0-inning streak was longest in majors, 1.0 inning ahead of teammate Jeremy Affeldt, who had 28.0-inning streak...took no-hitter into 7th inning of his July 9 start vs. Padres at AT&T Park...was his longest start in his career in which he carried no-hitter...gave up 3 consecutive singles to start 7th and was pulled from game after he walked 2 of his next 4 hitters...ended evening with 8 K's in 6.2 innings in SF's 9-3 win...no defending Cy Young winner has recorded no-hitter since Bob Gibson accomplished feat against Pirates in 1971...Lincecum became 3rd Giant to lose no-hitter in 7th inning, as Randy Johnson (April 19 vs. AZ) and Barry Zito (June 21 vs. TEX) also had no-hit efforts broken up by leadoff batter in 7th frame...was named to his 2nd-straight NL All-Star team, along with teammate Matt Cain, marking just 3rd time in SF-era history that club had 2 starting pitchers on All-Star squad (also Johnny Antonelli, Sam Jones in 1959 and Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry in 1966)...went 10-2 with 2.33 ERA (33er, 127.2ip) in 18 1st half starts...joined Matt Cain (10 wins) as 9th pair of SF teammates to each record double-digit win totals prior to All-Star break...was named starting pitcher for NL team by manager Charlie Manuel, becoming 7th Giant to start Midsummer Classic and 1st since Jason Schmidt in 2004...threw 35 pitches over 2.0 innings, allowing 2 runs (1er) on 2 hits in his 1st career All-Star outing July 14 at St. Louis' Busch Stadium...was starting pitcher in SF's 1st game of 2nd half and received no decision after logging 7.0 innings and allowing just 1 run on 5 hits in Giants' 2-1 loss in 14 innings at Pittsburgh...allowed solo HR to Garrett Jones in 1st inning, who later homered again in 14th off Bob Howry to help Bucs win...became just 3rd Giants pitcher since 1958 to strikeout 15-or-more batters in single contest when he did so July 27 vs. Pittsburgh in what was his 6th career complete-game...joined Jason Schmidt (16 Ks - June 6, 2006) and Gaylord Perry (15 Ks - July 22, 1966) as only Giants to accomplish feat...also became 1st Giants pitcher with 15-or-more strikeouts in game in which he didn't allow an earned run since NL got idea to keep track of earned runs back in 1912 (Elias)...was named NL Co-Player of Week with Florida's Josh Willingham for week of July 27-Aug. 2 after going 2-0 and allowing just 2 unearned runs in 17.0 innings...also registered 23 strikeouts against 4 walks while also throwing 1 complete game...pitched 8.0-scoreless innings in SF's 2-0 victory Aug. 28 vs. Colorado...had 7 games in 2009 in which he tossed at least 8.0 frames while allowing no runs, 2 more than any other pitcher in big leagues (Zack Greinke, 5)...had C Bengie Molina behind plate for 44-consecutive starts from June 28, 2008-Aug. 23, 2009, which was longest active streak in majors with pitcher and catcher starting contests together before Eli Whiteside caught Lincecum in that Aug. 28 game...Molina had missed 8 games from Aug. 25-Sept. 2 with sore right quad...matched up with Pedro Martinez Sept. 3 at Philadelphia and was charged with his 5th loss of season despite allowing 2 runs in 7.0 innings...gave up solo HR to Jayson Werth and 2-out RBI 2B to Ryan Howard...Martinez proceeded to fan 9 Giants batters while allowing 5 hits in SF's 2-1 loss...posted back-to-back 11 strikeout performances Sept. 3-14 against Phillies and Rockies...missed start for 1st time as Giant Sept. 8 with lower-back spasms that forced him to miss game against Padres...he first reported pain in his back when Giants landed in San Francisco when team flew home from Milwaukee Sept. 6...Giants' top pitching prospect, Madison Bumgarner started in his place, in what was his highly anticipated major league debut...returned from his back issues and recorded his 14th victory Sept. 14 vs. Colorado in SF's 9-1 win...held Rockies to just 1 run in 7.0 innings with 11 strikeouts...earned 15th win of year in his final start of season Oct. 1 vs. Arizona...allowed just 2 runs in 7.0 frames with 7 Ks in SF's 7-3 win and sweep of D-Backs...
Became 1st Giants Cy Young winner since 1967, and just 2nd ever, joining MikeMcCormick...of 32 ballots submitted by two writers in each league city, Lincecum was listed 1ston 23 ballots, 2nd on 7 and 3rd on 1 to total 137 points, based on 5-3-1 tabulation system...joined Dwight Gooden (Mets, 1985), Bret Saberhagen (Royals, 1985) and Fernando Valenzuela(Dodgers, 1981) as only pitchers to win Cy Young Award in their 1st full big league season...was24 years old when he won award, becoming youngest Cy Young winner, in either league, sinceRoger Clemens was 24 in 1986...also became 13th pitcher to win honor with team having sub.500 record...posted spectacular 18-5 record with 2.62 ERA (66er, 227.0ip) and ML-leading 265strikeouts in 34 games (33 starts) for San Francisco in his 1st full big league season...establishedSF-era single season strikeout record, surpassing Jason Schmidt's 2004 total of 251...became just9th Giant since 1900 to record at least 200 K's in single season (22nd occurrence) and becameonly Giant to lead Majors in modern era in strikeouts, 1st to pace NL since Bill Voiselle recorded161 K's in 1944...his 265 punchouts were most in Majors since Randy Johnson had 290 and JohanSantana collected 265 in 2004...since 1900, only 3 other pitchers had as many strikeouts in theirsophomore season as Lincecum: Vida Blue (301 for 1971 A's), Frank Tanana (269 for 1975 Angels)and Dwight Gooden (268 for 1985 Mets) (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau)...also placed 23rd in NLMVP voting...was named NL Pitcher of Year by The Sporting News and was named Players Choicefor Most Outstanding NL pitcher, announced by MLB Players Association...was also selected asStarter of Year in MLB.com's annual This Year in Baseball Awards presented by State Farm, whichwas voted on by fans...was selected to his 1st NL All-Star Game, becoming 13th starting pitcher inSF annals to be selected...besides leading all ML pitchers in strikeouts, ranked 3rd overall in bothERA and winning percentage (.782)...finished 2nd in NL in ERA behind New York's Johan Santana(2.53) and ranked 2nd in senior circuit in wins behind Arizona's Brandon Webb (22)...also ranked2nd in NL with 26 quality starts, while his .221 opponents avg. against (182-for-824) led all NLhurlers...paced NL leaders in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (10.5), along with allowing fewest HRsper 9.0 innings (0.44)...fashioned NL-best 2.22 ERA (29er, 117.2ip) on road, while his 10 roadvictories were tied for 2nd-most in NL...in fact, his .833 winning pct. on road was 2nd-highest inSF history...only pitcher to have just 1 loss in at least 10 road decisions was Jason Schmidt in 2004(9-1, .900)...logged most wins by Giants pitcher since Schmidt went 18-7 in 2004 and posted 3rdlowestERA in SF history (since 1992) behind Bill Swift (2.08 - 1992) and Schmidt (2.34 - 2004)...was one of 5 pitchers in SF Giants history to win at least 18 of his 1st 23 decisions, joining GaylordPerry (20-3 in 1966), Juan Marichal (19-4 in 1968, 18-5 in 1963 and 18-5 in 1966), John Burkett and Shawn Estes (18-5in 1993) (courtesy of Bill Arnold/SportsFeatures Group)...proved to be SF'sstopper, going 13-3 with 2.79 ERA(52er, 168.0ip) in 25 games followingGiants losses, with club winning 17of 25 contests...Cleveland's Cliff Lee(14 wins) was only other pitcher in2008 to have as many as 13 wins inseason following his club's losses...posted lowest avg. against with RISPin NL (2nd-lowest in Majors) with.167 clip (32-for-192)...registered 68strikeouts in 192 at-bats with RISPin '08...left with lead in 5 contestsin which he was eligible for win, butbullpen squandered those leads and hewound up with no decision...accordingto Elias Sports Bureau became just4th pitcher ever to finish 13 gamesabove .500 for team that was at least 13games below .500 mark: Steve Carlton(27-10 for 1972 Phillies, 59-97), EddieRommell (27-13 with 1922 Athletics,65-89) and Dazzy Vance (22-0 for1925 Brooklyn Dodgers, 68-85)...struck out 10 or more batters on 9 differentoccasions, tying Jason Schmidt's2004 record of double-digit K's insingle season...fanned career-high 13batters twice: July 26 vs. Arizona andSept. 28 vs. Los Angeles...went 13-1with 2.87 ERA (45er, 141.0ip) whenGiants scored at least 3 runs of supportfor him (21 starts)...ranked among top7 pitchers with highest differencesover their teams' winning percentagein Major League history with +.339difference (min. 15 wins) (courtesy ofElias Sports Bureau)...posted 11-2 markwith 2.57 ERA in 20 appearances (19starts) during 1st half, while leadingNational League with 135 strikeouts...135 strikeouts were 3rd-highesttotal prior to ASB in SF annals, trailingonly Schmidt (139, 2003) andMarichal (137, 1967)...became 24th SFpitcher to register 11 wins prior to Break...tied Schmidt (2004) for 5th-best winning pct. (.846) in1st Half...owned career high 6-game winning streak over 11 starts May 10-July 3...did not allowearned run in 7 of his starts, including 7.0-inning effort June 28 at Oakland in which he outdueledA's All-Star Justin Duchscherer in 1-0 SF triumph...was selected to 1st career All-Star Game byvote of players, managers and coaches, however, did not appear in Mid-Summer Classic at YankeeStadium after suffering from flu-like symptoms...was charged with just his 3rd loss of seasonJuly 20 vs. Milwaukee in his 1st start in 2nd half after allowing 5 runs on 6 hits over 6.0 framesof Giants' 7-4 defeat...however, following that start reeled off career-high tying 6-game winningstreak over his next 10 assignments from July 26-Sept. 13...posted 1.75 ERA (14er, 72.0ip) duringstretch...last SF pitcher to have pair of 6-contest winning streaks in same season was Shawn Estesin 1997...left Aug. 8 start at Houston after getting hit by line drive off Brad Ausmus' bat with 1 outin 5th inning...suffered bruised right knee, but made his next scheduled start...recorded his 1stcareer complete game and 1st shutout Sept. 13 at San Diego, blanking Padres on 4 hits (3 walks)while striking out 12 in SF's 7-0 triumph...threw career-high 138 pitches in effort...with Sept.13 start, surpassed 200-inning barrier for 1st time in his career...joined Matt Cain (217.2) as 1stLincecumSwing and a MissWith 265 strikeouts last season, Tim Lincecum establisheda San Francisco record while placing 9th on theGiants' single-season list in franchise history...prior to gameon Sept. 18 at Arizona, manager Bruce Bochy announced that Giants' pitching rotation would bechanged to assign Lincecum an extra start, pitting him against Los Angeles-NL on regular season'sfinal day...in that Sept. 28 contest, Lincecum earned his 18th win of season after allowing just 1run on 4 hits over 7.0 innings with career-high tying 13 strikeouts in SF's 3-1 victory to conclude2008 season...registered 9 strikeouts over his 1st 3.0 innings becoming 1st pitcher to record 1st 9outs of game via strikeout since Sid Fernandez accomplished feat July 30, 1986...following game,donated jersey to Baseball Hall of Fame.
Rookie emerged as one of stalwarts of Giants staff, going 7-5 with 4.00 ERA, 150strikeouts and .226 avg. against (122-for-539) over 24 starts...despite missing 6 weeks of campaignin either minors or not pitching final 2 weeks of season, still ranked among staff leaders for:wins (T3rd), starts (4th), innings (4th),strikeouts (2nd) and quality starts (3rd- 16)...worked at least 6.0 innings in18 of 24 starts (75.0%), while allowing3 earned runs-or-less 19 times(79.2%)...ranked among NL rookieleaders in strikeouts (1st), wins (T4th),ERA (4th), avg. against (2nd), innings(3rd) and starts (3rd)...150 strikeoutswere 4th-highest single-season total byrookie in SF history (7th in franchiseannals)...was simply one of best pitchersin NL after June 25, when he went5-4 with 2.96 ERA (31er, 94.1ip), .223avg. against (77-for-345), 96 strikeouts and 40 walks over his final 15 starts...rankedamong NL's elite during stretch, placing 4th inERA, 3rd in opp. avg. and 9th in strikeouts...contract was originally purchased from triple-AFresno May 6, taking rotation spot of disabledRuss Ortiz...made Major League debut May6 vs. Philadelphia, taking no decision in SF's8-5 setback...was ticketed with 5 runs over 4.1innings, including 2 HRs (Shane Victorino andRyan Howard)...struck out side in 1st inning tobecome 1st Giants pitcher to accomplish feat asstarter in their debut since Mike Remlinger June15, 1991...earned 1st Major League victoryMay 11 in Colorado, defeating Rockies 8-3...12strikeouts July 1 vs. Arizona marked 4th-highest single-game total by rookie in SF history...loggedcareer-high 4-game winning streak July 1-26...was placed on Bereavement List Aug. 17-20 followingdeath of maternal grandfather...was 4-for-43 (.093) with 2B, 2 walks and 6 sacrifices, collecting2B off Toronto's Dustin McGowan June 13 for 1st career hit...posted 4-0 mark with 0.29 ERA (1er,31.0ip) in 5 games for triple-A Fresno...earned Harry S. Jordan Award at Giants big league SpringTraining, as voted on by teammates and coaching staff.
Kicked off professional career in impressive fashion, combining to go 2- 0 with 1.71 ERA (6er, 31.2ip) in 8 starts between short-season Salem-Keizer and single-A San Jose...struck out 58 batters, against 12 walks...made 2 starts for Salem-Keizer, tossing 4.0-shutout innings...was elevated to San Jose Aug. 5 and went 2-0 with 1.95 mark (6er, 27.2ip) in 6 starts...won lone California League post season start, allowing 1 run over 7.0 innings...did not pitch in Instructional League after making equivalent of 35 starts between collegiate and professional seasons.