Even more, Lincecum-Kershaw is also the story of an unlikely pairing. They shared space in the first round of the 2006 draft — Kershaw out of high school at No. 7, Lincecum out of University of Washington at No. 10 — and little else. Lincecum, baseball’s kinesthetic wonder, is the rarest of breeds: a small righthander who overcame baseball’s acknowledged size bias to win consecutive Cy Young Awards in ’08 and ’09. Kershaw, last year’s Cy winner, is a pitching cliché: a hard-throwing, 6’3″, 225-pound lefthander whose talent didn’t necessitate advanced statistical metrics or particularly astute scouting. Baseball is curious that way. A guy with Lincecum’s physique is doubted for the things he can do. A guy with Kershaw’s is excused for the things he can’t.