The San Francisco Giants are the new National League West frontrunner. They are in first place. They have the division's most balanced roster. As Pablo Sandoval fan club president Sandy Alderson could tell you, they boast the most All-Star starters of any NL team. The Giants, at this moment, appear bound for the playoffs.
Yet, I must report that Tim Lincecum allowed a career-high eight runs (in 3 1/3 innings) on Tuesday in a 9-3 loss to the Washington Nationals.
Remember his seven shutout innings last week against the Los Angeles Dodgers? They were a mirage -- or, maybe, a sign the Dodgers really can't hit.
The Giants are talented enough to win the division without Lincecum. If Tuesday's performance told them anything, it's that they had better plan on doing it. The non-waiver trade deadline is less than one month away, and it's time for general manager Brian Sabean to scour the market for a starting pitcher -- if he hasn't done so already.
To be clear, Lincecum has a future wit...