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Tim Lincecum's Curve

San Francisco Giants NLCS Game One starter Tim Lincecum has one of the best pitching repertoires in the game. However, this season has seen a noticeable dip in the effectiveness of his curveball with batters slugging .453 against it with a .352 wOBA.

In Play SLG% Against Tim Lincecum's Curveball
Last season, Lincecum's curve was good for 5.6 runs above average. This season, it's been 7 runs below average.

On Saturday, Lincecum will face a Phillies team with 4 starters all hitting above league average against the curve from RHP.

Raul Ibanez.368.500.526.455
Ryan Howard.256.302.590.365
Chase Utley.267.421.267.344
Jayson Werth.289.308.474.334
League AVG.232.301.336.286

Only Chase Utley falls below league average in one category against the curve, SLG%. However, he's made up for it by apparently taking more than a few curveballs for ball four resulting in a .421 OBP.

Philadelphia Phillies In Play SLG% Against the Curve from RHP (Min. 50 PA)

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