Lincecum pushed up a day in Giants rotation
Tim Lincecum’s turn in the rotation is being pushed up a day to
Wednesday against Arizona, making the San Francisco Giants’ ace
available for a one-game playoff Monday with San Diego if the NL
West title comes to that.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy also could decide to pitch the
two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner on short rest Sunday in
the season finale against the Padres if need be, though the
hard-throwing righty hasn’t gone on three days’ rest in the
Entering Tuesday night, the Giants lead the Padres by one game
in the division race.
With Lincecum pitching Wednesday – still on normal rest – rookie
Madison Bumgarner will now go in Thursday’s series finale with the
Lincecum is 15-10 with a 3.51 ERA this season. After a
career-worst five-start losing streak, he is 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA in
his past five outings.