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Tim Lincecum expects to start Game 1 despite relief appearance

Oct 24, 2010, 8:56 AM EDT

Lincecum throwing

Just in case there was any doubt whatsoever, Tim Lincecum told Barry M. Bloom of that he expects to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Rangers on Wednesday, despite facing three batters on Saturday night.

“I fully expect to make the start,” Lincecum said. “It’s not like they told me to get ready for Game 1. They just said, ‘Get ready for your next start.’ So I think that’s what they’re talking about, yeah.”

Going for the jugular, Bruce Bochy called on Lincecum to start the eighth inning. He struck out Jayson Werth to begin the frame, but then allowed back-to-back singles by Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez before Brian Wilson came on for a five-out save. It was Lincecum’s regular bullpen day after his Game 5 start on Thursday. As opposed to Roy Oswalt, who pitched in relief in Game 4, Lincecum skipped his throwing session.

And so, we’ll almost certainly have Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee going head-to-head in Game 1 on Wednesday. Granted, it doesn’t have the allure of Lee vs. Halladay, but it’s still pretty darn good.

  1. alexo0 - Oct 24, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    You gotta go with Cain for game 1.

  2. sailcat54 - Oct 24, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Not necessarily, but I hope they have a couple of heart to heart talks with Sanchez. He’s going to be the one who makes or breaks the Giants. Timmy, Cain, and the Bum will be solid, but Sanchez is either hot or he’s not, and if he’s not, the Giants’ relievers will be earning their pay…

    I wonder where Zito is right now?

  3. seeingwhatsticks - Oct 25, 2010 at 4:11 AM

    How does it not have the allure of Lee vs Halladay? Last I checked 2 Cy Youngs and 3 strikeout titles is still better than 1 Cy Young and no strikeout titles. And Lincecum beat Halladay on the road in game 1. For all the talk about how great Halladay is, and he will certainly win the Cy Young this year because of Lincecum’s terrible August, since Lincecum came into the league 3+ years ago no one has missed more bats more consistently than he has. Somehow a guy who won back to back Cy Youngs in his first 2 full MLB seasons has become one of the most overlooked great players in the game today.

    As for the early prediction that the Rangers have the best pitcher and the better offense I’d just like to remind people that was the conventional wisdom heading into the NLCS and look how that turned out. The Giants rotation and bullpen are deeper than the Rangers, and if these games are close the Giants will win them because that’s just what they do. The way the Giants tend to swing at everything they actually fare pretty well against guys with pinpoint control who are always in or around the zone. That’s why they don’t struggle as much as most against Halladay, and it could be a major advantage for them as they face Cliff Lee. Plus, with 4 games in the NL park the Rangers are going to lose a bat and/or have to play Vlad in the field and take their chances that he can both cover ground and stay healthy.

    • D.J. Short - Oct 25, 2010 at 10:41 AM

      I should preface this by saying that Lincecum is probably my favorite pitcher to watch, so that’s no slight on him. It’s just that Halladay v. Lee just would have had something a little extra behind it because of the trade(s). Lincecum is obviously elite and it should be a lot of fun.

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