Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Major League Baseball's 10 Most Indispensable Players in 2010

MLB: Giants vs Mets MAY 09
Part 5 of 10

No. 6 Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants

Tim Lincecum has led the resurgence of the San Francisco Giants from bottom feeder to contender over the past few seasons. "The Freak"— as he is affectionately known by his teammates and throughout baseball— tends to define the team's personality and makeup.

The Giants are built around pitchers with dominating stuff— and look for their offense to scratch out enough runs to win. Of course, the two-time defending Cy Young Award winner Lincecum places one of the games most dominant starters at the top of the rotation.

The 26-year old right-hander with the glare and rock star hair has amassed a 44-17 record in his short tenure thanks to a blazing fastball, sharp slider and tantalizing change-up. His career 2.82 ERA and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings further validate his brilliance.

When teams visit AT&T Park or host the Giants, they know that runs will be at a premium. And, hitters know they will be seeing some nasty stuff thrown by hurlers with a little bit of a attitude.

Who better to serve as the poster boy than "The Freak?"

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