Sean Gallagher – did not get a decision in his last outing against the White Sox, but learned some valuable lessons. The right-hander gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings, and matched a season high with eight strikeouts. He also threw a season-high 121 pitches. He got an earful from Lou Piniella in the second inning, and settled down. He escaped a tough jam in the fifth when the Sox had two on and one out, and struck out the next two batters. He’s still going through growing pains.

  • A late-inning reliever or mid-rotation starter.
  • Has great stuff and can rack up strikeouts with relative ease. Is well suited for short relief, but can also start if needed.
  • Is still a little too wild for a short relief role, and he needs to improve his command in order to maximize his big-league potential.
  • 0-0, 3.75 in last 12 IP
  • Pitch Usage – Fastball (69%), Curve (19%), Slider (11%), Changeup (2%)

Tim Lincecum – After one of his worst starts of the year against Kansas City, Lincecum had his best game of the season in his last outing, against the cross-bay A?s. In seven innings, Lincecum allowed no runs on five hits. He tied a season high with 11 strikeouts and threw strikes on 77 of his 116 pitches. It was his third double-digit strikeout game of the year.

  • Has excellent heat, tremendous deception and an almost picture-perfect delivery that may avoid injuries over time. Is a pure strikeout artist.
  • Has to answer durability questions, mainly due to his slight frame (5-11, 170 pounds). Needs to keep the ball in the park with greater frequency.
  • A budding star pitcher.
  • 1-0, 4.26 in last 19 IP
  • Pitch Usage – Fastball (68%), Changeup (13%), Curve (10%), Slider (9%)
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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail