A quick graph. I’m trying something new — let me know if it’s helpful or not.
What you’re looking at is Tim Lincecum’s fastball velocity by inning. The game data is from his first start — and victory — of the year against the Houston Astros.
Each red dashed-line indicates the end of an inning. So, you’ve got 7 dashed-lines indicating 7 different innings. At the start of the game, Lincecum was working 93-94, even touching 95 mph with his heat. His fastball velocity dipped between the 5th and 7th innings to 91-92 mph. He threw a couple of sub-90 mph fastballs in the 5th.
Note: Tim’s fastest heater on the night was clocked at 95.2 mph in the 2nd inning. His slowest fastball was 89.3 mph in the 5th.
There was some talk in the spring about Tim’s velocity, but it looked pretty good for most of the night. I really can’t see anything to complain about. With the development of his changeup, he’s not going to need to pump 95+ mph fastballs for 7 innings at time. Just enough to keep hitters honest.