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Tim Lincecum: Favorite To Start Game 4

Update: Lincecum is the favorite to start Game 4 of the NLCS if he's not used heavily in relief in Game 2 or 3, CSN Bay Area reports.

Recommendation: After inexplicably slumping to a 5.18 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 33 regular-season starts, Lincecum appears to have regained his edge in relief during the postseason, limiting opponents to a 1.08 ERA while striking out nine and walking one in 8.1 innings. Still, manager Bruce Bochy said he wouldn't hesitate to use Lincecum in relief in Game 2 if it gives the Giants the best chance to win, meaning Barry Zito would likely draw the start in Game 4 if Bochy calls on Lincecum from the bullpen Monday night.

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