The San Francisco Giants are playing their best baseball of the season.
Fresh off the their first series sweep of the year against the lowly Chicago Cubs, the Giants travel down the California coast to meet their manager’s former club — the San Diego Padres — the only National League team with a worse record than the Cubbies.
Bruce Bochy’s team has won seven of its last eight games behind a starting pitching staff that has gone at least seven innings and allowed two runs or fewer in seven consecutive starts.
Interestingly, the weak link in San Francisco’s rotation is the ace of the staff since 2008, two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.
The struggling Lincecum went 0-4 in the month of May with an ERA of 5.88 as scouts and opposing players have noticed diminished velocity in the 27-year-old’s fastball.
Lincecum exits a quality start against the Diamondbacks in a 4-1 loss to Arizona last Wednesday when he allowed only one earned run in seven innings.
The gutsy competitor will build on that improvement tonight by shutting down an offensively-challenged Padres team averaging an MLB-low 3.2 runs per game.
Interesting to note, San Francisco starters Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong posted outstanding efforts this past weekend at AT&T Park with San Francisco’s last loss coming in Lincecum’s latest outing.
It’s Timmy’s turn to come up big.
TUESDAY’S BEST BET…..Play 965 SAN FRANCISCO -105 over San Diego.
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