Tonight it’s Lincecum/Kennedy in what could be the biggest game of the season. If Timmy comes through it’s a 4-game deficit and the race is on. If he loses it’s back up to six and Arizona has a clear path to the playoffs.
If there’s one guy you want on the mound for a game like this, it’s Timmy. Despite having an up and down year, he’s still Tim friggin’ Lincecum and you know he’s going to be bringing it. The bigger question, of course, is the offense. They looked damn good last night and if Beltran really is heating up he could carry them down the stretch.
So what if Timmy does lay an egg and the D-bags leave town up seven games? Is it time to play the kids, and which ones do you play? Surely Belt gets some good time and Surkamp gets another start or two, but who else? Ford and Burriss are nice to have on the bases, but at this point it looks like Gary Brown is the pick to succeed Torres. Hector Sanchez could get a look as the long-term backup catcher, though Whiteside and Stewart don’t look to be going anywhere.