Should the Giants pull Tim Lincecum from the rotation and rest him for a start?
In the wake of another Lincecum clunker -- five runs, nine hits, four walks, 5 2/3 innings -- the Giants might consider all options, and one is to sit him out for more than the regular four days and have him get his act together.
Sounds like a real possibility.
Not now, however. Not when his next start is in Seattle, an interleague game featuring one of Seattle's famous sons returning to his old stomping grounds. Lincecum grew up in the Seattle area and pitched at the University of Washington before being drafted by the Giants.
So now is probably not a good time to hold back Lincecum. Who knows? He might get his head on straight and his arm on straight in a single emotional game against the Mariners, his childhood team.
There's plenty of time to sit Lincecum, but this wouldn't be it. If he's scuffling mentally already, he could sink deeper if the Giants pull a Seattle start from him.
The Giants are 2-11 in Lincecum's starts. If they rest him, perhaps they could do it if or when the record is 2-12.