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Giants’ Tim Lincecum Preps for Playoffs Against Diamondbacks: Fan’s Preview

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The San Francisco Giants are well rested for this final stretch of games. After clinching the NL West title on Saturday night against the San Diego Padres, manager Bruce Bochy chose to rest most of his regulars for the Sunday afternoon series finale. After the not-so-surprising 6-4 loss to the Padres, the Giants regulars got another day of rest with the last off day of the regular season.

Now rested for the last nine games of the season, the Giants will look to stay on track and focused on their great hitting and pitching. With the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals probably a little too far out of reach in the standings, the Giants will should use these last games as a way to stay sharp and ready for whomever they meet in the divisional round series.

This first game against the Arizona Diamondbacks will be especially important for starter Tim Lincecum. He received extra rest after being scratched from his originally scheduled start Sunday for Yusmeiro Petit and a strong conclusion to the regular season will be a positive sign heading into the playoffs. A winner of four of his last six starts with a 2.78 ERA, a few more solid starts from Lincecum would be a great way for him to prepare for postseason play.

Matchup:

The San Francisco Giants will host the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park located in San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. PT. This will be the first game in a three-game series.

Season series:

Diamondbacks lead series 8-7.

Standings:

Arizona comes into the matchup with a 77-76 record and in third place in the National League West. They are 39-39 when playing on the road and have won six of their last 10 games.

San Francisco enters the game with an 89-64 record and in first place in the National League West. They are 46-32 when playing at home and have won eight of their last 10 games.

Starting pitcher matchup:

Arizona: Josh Collmenter

2012 season: 4-3, 3.92 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 74 Ks

Career numbers vs. Giants: 3-1, 4.88 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 18 Ks

Career numbers at AT&T Park: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 1 K

San Francisco: Tim Lincecum

2012 season: 10-14, 4.91 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 183 Ks

Career numbers vs. Diamondbacks: 7-7, 3.08 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 161 K

Career numbers at AT&T Park: 40-30, 3.16 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 667 Ks

Where to watch and listen to the game:

The game can be watched and heard live locally at the following:

In Arizona: FS-A, KTAR 620, ESPN Deportes 710 & Jose 106.9 FM

In San Francisco: CSN-BA HD, KNBR 680 & KTRB 860

Batting statistic leaders:

Arizona: Aaron Hill - .301 batting average, Jason Kubel - 30 home runs and 90 runs batted in

San Francisco: Buster Posey - .332 batting average, 23 home runs, and 98 runs batted in

Sources:

Lincecum returns after rest to face D-backs, MLB.com

Diamondbacks-Giants Preview, AP

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Austin Chang is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area native, baseball fan, and supporter of the San Francisco Giants. Follow this Featured Contributor on Google+ and Twitter @_austinchang.

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