TD Recommends: SI's Tom Verducci

A bit off topic here, but I had to pass this along. This article by SI's Tom Verducci is absolutely one of the most interesting things I've read, on any topic, in a long while. It's an article about San Francisco SP Tim Lincecum and his unusual, but highly effective, pitching mechanics. For some visual evidence of what the article is discussing, check out this "Mechanics of Baseball" video-it's one of a series that Baseball Prospectus's Will Carroll did for last year. The video gives a very detailed breakdown of Lincecum's mechanics and shows video comparisons to Roy Oswalt and Sandy Kofax.

If ya need me to tie this back into the Cubs, then check out the 4th page of the article, beginning in the 4th paragraph. TD namesake Mark Prior gets some play in the article-but, um, it's not exactly glowing praise of his so-called "perfect mechanics." There's also a nice bit in there about how the Cubs passed up on Lincecum, as well as Matt Cain, Joe Blanton, Jon Lester and Jonathon Broxton, in the Cubs absolutely terrible 2002 draft to take friggin' Bobbie Brownlie.

I'm going to go ahead and call this article a must read. It's a bit long, but really, take a few minutes and give it a read. You'll be glad you did.

Comments (2)


July 3, 2008 at 11:44 AM

Regarding applying ice his arm. "Never," Tim says. "Like my dad says, 'Ice is made for two things: injuries and my drinks.' " Love it.

I'm officially a fan - of Lincecum and Verducci. As a former pitcher, there is nothing more exciting in the game of baseball than the breakdown of a player's mechanics.

I'm gonna have to make some Giants games...


July 3, 2008 at 12:50 PM

That is a great line.

Want to see Lincecum throw? He's going tonight vs the Cubs.