June 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 6/17: Lincecum the Next Blanton, A’s Bats Come Alive, Klay’s No. 1 Adviser


The Giants’ Tim Lincecum Clarity: How Does He Avoid Becoming the Next Joe Blanton? 

Really, Lincecum’s essentially morphed into an upper-end Joe Blanton minus 20 or 30 pounds. Just another guy. An innings eater. Someone who might win if he’s hot, but it’s at best 50-50, because he’s just not a great pitcher any more.

(Hey, don’t yell: Lincecum and Blanton’s WARs are identical. Both at -0.8 currently for 2013.)

Sorry, but Blanton is a good name to bring up here, because I think that will shock some of the Lincecum supporters. Does he want to be that guy for the next five years? I’m sure Lincecum doesn’t.

 - Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News

A’s Bats Come Alive to Back Colon, 10-2

When the A’s re-signed Bartolo Colon at the start of the offseason, there were some raised eyebrows. Colon had five games left to serve on his suspension for using performance-enhancing substances, and he was 39.

How much could he have left? And could he pitch at the same level without using any PEDs?

On Sunday, Colon earned his ninth victory of the season as the A’s pummeled the Mariners 10-2 to avoid being swept. Josh Reddick had four hits, including a homer and a triple, and every member of Oakland’s starting lineup recorded at least one hit.

- Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle

Klay Thompson’s No. 1 Adviser: His Father, Mychal  

Mychal Thompson didn’t mince words when his son Klay got involved in his first NBA skirmish in February by shoving Indiana’s Roy Hibbert in the back. He went on the airwaves in Los Angeles, where he is a radio host, to talk about the actions of his “dumb son” who, for his fine-inducing shove, would also get his allowance docked by his parents.

When reminded of the episode, Klay Thompson, the Warriors’ soft-spoken 23-year-old guard, just smiled.

“I’m used to it,” he said. “He’s been like that all my life. He’s got jokes.”

- Marcus Thompson, San Jose Mercury News

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