So, heading into 2009, I can say these things about young Lincecum:
1. Lincecum already ranks No. 3 this season behind Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay in our Player Rater.
2. I think that he can handle the workload he's been given this season and that it won't be an issue in his performance next season.
3. He still can get better, as his changeup is improving, and he also has toyed with a slider this season.
The bottom line is that it adds up to the top spot in the starting pitching rankings for next year.