On Wednesday night Tim Lincecum all but saved the San Francisco Giants’ season by tossing 4.1 innings of relief against the Cincinnati Reds, after starter Barry Zito checked out after just 2.2 innings. Lincecum was brilliant and got the win in Game 4 of the NLDS to extend San Francisco’s season after an 8-3 road victory.
Now that Lincecum has shown that he can still bring it, the Giants could decide to bring him back into the rotation. In his 4.1 innings on Wednesday night he allowed just two hits and did not walk a batter or allow a run.
Zito didn’t have it Wednesday night, and now that Lincecum has thrown 6.1 innings of scoreless relief work this postseason, there’s a chance the 28-year-old, two-time Cy Young Award winner could replace Zito in the rotation.
Lincecum endured the worst season of his career in 2012, finishing the campaign with a 10-15 record and career-highs in ERA (5.18) and WHIP (1.47). His WAR was also a career-worst -2.0, and he allowed career-highs in runs (111...