Even though the Giants ended up losing this game and Lincecum only pitched five innings of four-run ball, I think it was the best this year that Tim has looked. After searching for his velocity game after game, Lincecum’s fastball was regularly above 90 miles per hour.
Here’s a table that depicts the number of times per start that Lincecum threw his fastball at 91 mph or greater.
Game > 91 mph gid_2012_04_06_sfnmlb_arimlb_1 3 gid_2012_04_11_sfnmlb_colmlb_1 12 gid_2012_04_16_phimlb_sfnmlb_1 9 gid_2012_04_23_sfnmlb_nynmlb_1 8 gid_2012_05_04_milmlb_sfnmlb_1 3 gid_2012_05_09_sfnmlb_lanmlb_1 30
Against the Dodgers, Lincecum threw 30 fastballs that were clocked at 91 or better (more than doubling his previous high in 2012); he averaged 91.8 mph in the start. In his previous start against the Brewers, Lincecum only threw three fastballs that were greater than or equal to 91 mph. It’s impossible to say what’s next for Lincecum, but I’d have to think that this start was a really, really positive indicator.