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Giants to start Tim Lincecum in Game 4, Barry Zito in Game 5

Oct 17, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

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The Giants made it official after the Game 3 loss to the Cardinals, naming Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito their starters in St. Louis the next two days.

Madison Bumgarner, who took the loss in Game 1 after allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings, will spend the rest of the NLCS in the bullpen.

Lincecum pitched two scoreless innings in relief in Game 1, and the Giants made it pretty obvious afterwards that their preference was to pitch in Game 4. It’ll be his first postseason start after three relief appearances in which he’s allowed one run and amassed a 9/1 K/BB ratio in 8 1/3 innings.

Zito will be making his second postseason start. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings and gave up two runs in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Reds, yet the Giants won anyway. They’ve prevailed in each of his last 12 starts.

With Lincecum starting, it will be interesting to see what the Giants do behind the plate Thursday. Hector Sanchez was Lincecum’s primary catcher throughout the second half, with Buster Posey often shifting to first base in Lincecum’s starts. However, the Lincecum-Posey pairing has worked out great so far during the postseason relief appearances. If Posey moves to first, then Brandon Belt, who is 3-for-11 with a double and an RBI in the NLCS, will take a seat.

  1. thewhinebag - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Giants faced the Reds in the NLDS, not the Nats

    • Matthew Pouliot - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      Whoops. Thanks!

  2. vincentbojackson - Oct 18, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Who’s the homely chick in the photo?

    • hojo20 - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:22 AM

      I wonder how long it takes to comb her hair every morning.

    • scumpidude - Oct 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      You need glasses. Not a chick. It’s 2 time Cy Young winner, WS champ, Tim Limcecum.

      • gostlcards5 - Oct 18, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        I’m not sure….but I THINK they were being sarcastic….

  3. doubleogator - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    He looked good in his two relief appearances…Believe another strong outing is in store today. Giants tie it up and come back to win in 7…

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