Tim Lincecum is set to start Game 4 of the NL championship series for the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, as long as he's not needed in relief for Monday night's Game 2.
Manager Bruce Bochy said before the game that Lincecum told him he felt fine to pitch again Monday after throwing two hitless innings in Sunday night's 6-4 Game 1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. But Bochy would prefer to stay away from him considering the struggles of lefty starters Madison Bumgarner and Barry Zito this postseason, as one of them would be needed for Game 5.
Bochy called it a ''good possibility'' Lincecum would get the ball for a start at Busch Stadium.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has pitched in relief three times this postseason. He was demoted to the bullpen after posting a 10-15 record and NL-worst 5.18 ERA in the regular season, but has found his stride so far in the playoffs.
''If he starts, I'll be eager to see him the way he's throwi...