Freak out: Tim Lincecum officially demoted to Giants' bullpen
With the Giants down 0-2 and on the brink of elimination by the Cincinnati Reds, that "remainder of the postseason" may not be a whole lot longer.
Lincecum was officially demoted to the bullpen when Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced today that Barry Zito would start a potential Game 4 vs. the Reds. Lincecum, who appeared in relief Sunday's 9-0 Game 2 loss, will remain in a long-relief bullpen role. "I’ve talked to Timmy," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News. "He’s all-in on this. He was great and he understands and says he wants to do whatever he can to help the ballclub move on."
Lincecum, whose long hair and history of misdemeanor drug possession charges have made him a fan favorite in San Francisco, was a mediocre 10-15 this season with a 5.18 ERA. He did hold the Reds scoreless in two innings or relief Sunday, striking out two.
"My reaction is I know what to prepare for now," Lincecum told ESPN. "I'll go in with that mindset today and whatever they want me to do. That's really all I can do. I don't make up the lineup. As much as I'd like to start, I don't have that say. He's the one making the decisions. That's what he's there for and I'm all for that."
In order to advance to the NLCS, the Giants must sweep the Reds with three consecutive wins on the road -- a feat never before accomplished in MLB playoff history. It won't help them to realize that the Reds have not been swept in a three-game home series yet this season.