Lincecum endured inconsistency, posting a 5-0 record with a 1.76 ERA through eight starts before enduring a four-start stretch between May 20-June 6 in which he allowed 17 earned runs in 22 1/3 innings. He recovered to win five of his next seven decisions, a stretch that concluded with a six-hit shutout of the Mets in the Giants' first game following the All-Star break.Lincecum then prompted alarm by losing all five of his starts and compiling a 7.82 ERA in August. But he regained arm strength and confidence to put up impressive September numbers: 5-1 with a 1.94 ERA, 52 strikeouts and eight walks in 41 2/3 innings. "This year, probably, has been the epitome of a roller-coaster ride for me," Lincecum told MLB.com recently.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.