On Friday night, Tim Lincecum was called upon by Bruce Bochy to get the San Francisco Giants out of a jam. No, it wasn’t as a starter but rather a reliever.
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Lincecum was effective and held the San Diego Padres without a run after starter Tim Hudson was knocked around yet again. Of course, Lincecum’s role in the bullpen hasn’t been completely smooth sailing as the former two-time Cy Young award winner continues to adjust.
Unreliable as a starer and not exactly dominating at a reliever, what are the San Francisco Giants going to do come the playoffs? Do they keep him on the roster? Or is he left off? It’s a question being asked by many, though Lincecum himself says he’s not going to dwell on it.
“I’m not going to go out there and put that fear in me, that I won’t make the playoff roster,” Tim Lincecum said. “It’s about getting out there and thinking positive. If the time comes and I’m not on it, then I’m not on it. But I don’t make that decision. That’s up to them. That’s not up to me.”
While Tim Lincecum suggests the decision isn’t up to him, it really is. With nine games left in the season, it’s likely we’ll see The Freak on the field for another appearance of two. Assuming he doesn’t struggle much, it seems reasonable to believe he’ll make the roster. But if he gets pummeled yet again, he may be facing a Barry Zito-like situation.
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