MLB Watch: Tim Lincecum’s Mix n’ Match Cleats

MLB Watch: Tim Lincecum’s Mix n’ Match Cleats

MLB Watch: A look at what the pros use on the diamond.

words // Nick Engvall

When players started showing up for Spring Training and we began this year’s MLB Watch coverage, we noticed that San Francisco Giants hurler Tim Lincecum had made a change in the brand of cleats he wears. Last year, Lincecum was with Reebok, but so far this spring, he seems to be testing out his options for a new brand of cleats. Late last week, Lincecum hit the field on one of his off-days to throw before the Giants took on the Dodgers. Tim must have been feeling indecisive that morning and decided on two brands of cleats, a New Balance cleat on his left foot and a Nike cleat on his right.

While Lincecum tests the waters, one of the most noticeable changes in our coverage this spring is the amount of players who have dove in and made the switch to New Balance baseball cleats during the off-season. The Dodgers Rubby De La Rosa is the latest player that seems to have made the change.

Check out this week’s coverage below courtesy of Yahoo, where we get our first look at Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper.

Tim Lincecum mixes brands, wearing New Balance on one foot and Nike on the other.Tim Lincecum mixes brands, wearing New Balance on one foot and Nike on the other.

Bryce Harper in the Under Armour Natural II.Bryce Harper in the Under Armour Natural II.

Juan Pierre lays down a bunt in Mizuno 9-Spikes.Juan Pierre lays down a bunt in Mizuno 9-Spike cleats.

Josh Hamilton wearing Franklin batting gloves.Josh Hamilton wearing Franklin batting gloves.

Jorge Posada fields a ground ball in the Nike Zoom Coop V.Jorge Posada fields a ground ball in the Nike Zoom Coop V.

Pablo Sandoval dives in safely wearing the UA Yard 5/8.Pablo Sandoval dives in safely wearing the UA Yard 5/8.

Ichiro Suzuki wearing his Asics signature cleats.Ichiro Suzuki wearing his Asics signature cleats.

Rubby De La Rosa is yet another player wearing New Balance cleats.Rubby De La Rosa is yet another player wearing New Balance cleats.

Edwin Jackson in the Nike Air Huarache LWP90.Edwin Jackson in the Nike Air Huarache LWP90.

Chipper Jones has a laugh wearing Mizuno batting gloves.Chipper Jones has a laugh wearing Mizuno batting gloves.

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MLB: Baseball Players of the Week

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Pedro AlvarezAlthough the Pittsburgh Pirates secured the worst record in the league this week, they also had a tremendous upside. Their 23-year-old third basemen, Pedro Alvarez, had arguably the best week of his young career. Alvarez stepped into the batter’s box a total of 30 times over the last seven days and came up with 15 hits and one walk. His best day of the week came on Thursday, where he landed the first four-hit game of his career, which included a three-run home run and a total of five runs batted in. Thursday’s performance brought his weekly stat line to easily the best in the league. Pedro finished with a .517 batting average for the week, six runs scored, 14 runs batted in and a slugging percentage of .931. Though the Pirates may have struggled this season, the light at the end of the tunnel just got quite a bit brighter seeing what Pedro Alvarez is capable of when he hits a hot streak.Tim Lincecum

On the mound this week, two pitchers separated themselves from the rest of the league’s hurlers. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants. However, due to Verlander giving up five runs over 16 innings, Lincecum gets the honor this week with just two runs over 15 innings, leading the Giants to a National League West lead. Lincecum pitched seven innings on Wednesday, on short rest, striking out 11 and giving up just a single run against the Diamondbacks. Over the last seven days, Tim Lincecum finished with two wins in a tightly contested race for the NL West. Over the week, he finished with 20 strikeouts in 15 innings, and held his opponents to a batting average of just .157.

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