Part II of a XVIII-part series.
Rarely is the question asked: Is our Lincecums overhyped? Possibly so. It would be pretty hard for Tim Lincecum to fully satisfy the inflated expectations. I'm looking forward to watching his delivery in a format other than grainy YouTube scout-cam vision, but I'm not going to be ridiculous and predict 20 strikeouts. That's more of a second-start kind of thing. The first start will just be one of those 15-strikeout stepping stones.
This kind of paper-bag-over-the-mouth excitement is rare. People will bring up other prospects, but this one tops them all. Even when the other prospects came up, there weren't people in sleeping bags outside the hyperbole store. The comments were thoughtful and measured back then; this is the first time this kind of hyperbole has been employed. This was written for the debut of Jerome Williams:
And this was for Matt Cain:
Statistically, though, there really isn't a comparison. The career stats of the prospects in question before they were called up:
Jesse Foppert - 3.01 ERA, 218 IP, 158 H, 117 BB, 283 K, 30 HRA
Matt Cain - 3.33 ERA, 397.2 IP, 319 H, 165 BB, 447 K, 40 HRA
Tim Lincecum - 1.01 ERA, 62.1 IP, 26 H, 23 BB, 104 K, 3 HRA