Counting pitches with Tiny Tim

Posted By on February 12, 2009 3:48 pm

Just got finished with that Tim Lincecum story for the MLB Insiders Club magazine, and came upon something interesting. I was talking to Lincecum’s college coach, Ken Knutson, and he said when Lincecum was at Washington,  he regularly threw fewer warmup pitches before a game and between innings than other pitchers.

“When you combine all that, even though he had 140 pitches in the game, it was like another guy throwing 115, because he’d save 20 before the game and another 15 between innings,” Knutson said.

Now, it’s possible this is just Knutson’s twisted justification for letting him throw 140 pitches in the first place. It’s also possible that this is totally irrelevant to the Giants because maybe now he does throw a standard amount of warmup pitches. (I haven’t neither counted them nor asked Lincecum.)

In any case, it is something worth keeping an eye on when the season begins.

Knutson also told me there were several games in which Lincecum was pitching a no-hitter, but his pitch count was so high that he “almost hoped” he would allow a hit so he could take him out.

“You don’t want to pull a kid with a no-hitter, but you don’t want to blow up a talented arm,” Knutson said.

I’m sure Bruce Bochy can relate.


3 Responses to “Counting pitches with Tiny Tim”

  1. Robert says:

    Another great little story.. your all over the place…

  2. Marvin says:

    When teams do pitch counts, do they count warmups before the game and between innings. Is there a standard that is expected of a pitcher? What about keeping the runner on first pitches?

    Seems the pitch count thing has gotten out of hand.

  3. Jeff Fletcher says:

    I think there are some standards for warmups (maybe 40 before the game and eight between each inning) but those don’t generally get counted. I don’t think that a warmup pitch is the same as a game pitch, though, so I’m not sure it’s correct to say one less warmup allows one more game pitch.

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