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Tim Hudson warns Tim Lincecum about relying too much on “sexy” strikeouts

Tim Lincecum

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum sits in the dugout during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. The Nationals won 6-4. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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Tim Hudson beat Tim Lincecum last night and after the game had some advice for the struggling Freak.

After noting that Lincecum’s velocity seems to be fine, he observed that, like a young Tim Hudson, perhaps Lincecum just needs to be more aggressive in the strike zone, letting hitters put the ball in play more, sacrificing some strikeouts for good old fashioned outs:

He doesn’t have to make every pitch a swing-and-miss pitch. I was the same way when I was younger. You feel like a stud out there when people swing and miss. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve preached to our young guys that strikeouts are sexy, but outs are outs, man, no matter how you get them. It’s a lot cooler for me pitching in the seventh or eighth inning than it is going 5 1/3. Your manager likes it a lot more, too.”

Hudson added: “Lincecum’s shower shoes have fungus on them ... If he wins 20 in the show, he can let the fungus grow back and the press’ll think he’s colorful. Until he wins 20 in the show, however, it means he’s a slob.”