Tim Lincecum will look to build on his last start, which came against the very same San Diego Padres, his opponent for Friday night’s series opener in San Diego.
Lincecum’s start on Saturday fueled a three-game sweep of the Padres, thanks to three quality pitching performances. The two-time Cy Young award winner has the opportunity to set the tone again.
For all the focus on Lincecum, he really hasn’t been the Giants’ worst pitcher in 2013. His 3.97 ERA is vastly better than Matt Cain’s 6.59 ERA or Ryan Vogelsong’s 5.68 ERA. Linecum’s dreadful 2012 campaign, though, raised red flags. And since, he’s been on the hot seat.
As he proved last Friday, Lincecum enjoys facing the Padres. In his career, he’s 11-5 with a 2.33 ERA in 23 outings. His 11 wins against San Diego equals his most against any team–he’s 11-7 versus the Colorado Rockies.
Andrew Cashner will oppose Lincecum. Cashner was on the wrong side of Lincecum’s solid outing on Saturday despite only allowing two earned runs over four innings of work. The hard-throwing righty yielded just two hits and issued only one walk. His only blemish was a high fastball that Pablo Sandoval smashed for a two-run homer.
Saturday was Cashner’s first career start against the Giants, but he has a 5.40 overall ERA against them in seven games (one start).
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