Tim Lincecum SP SF 4 Days

Lincecum will be passed over for Thursday's start against the Rockies in favor of Yusmeiro Petit, Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He'll be available out of the bullpen Thursday.

The move doesn't come as a major surprise after manager Bruce Bochy indicated the team would reevaluate its rotation plans after Lincecum was tagged for six runs in 2.2 innings in his most recent turn Saturday vs. the Nationals. It's been established for some time that the two-time Cy Young winner in on the downside of his career, and he'll likely prove to be a much better asset out of the bullpen rather than in a starting role at this point. The Giants haven't closed the door on Lincecum returning to the rotation, but such a change would likely occur only if Petit bombs during his next couple of starts.

Tim Lincecum SP SF 5 Days

After Lincecum was pounded for six runs (four earned) over 2.2 innings Saturday against the Nationals, manager Bruce Bochy was non-commital when asked if the right-hander would take the ball for his next scheduled turn, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "This is something we need to talk about internally, what our best option is," Bochy said. "We'll look at it and see what the best thing is for Timmy and for us the next time around."

Saturday's disaster marked the second-shortest start of Lincecum's career, and was the fifth time in his last six outings that he failed to pitch at least six innings. With the Giants fighting tooth and nail to secure a playoff spot, Bochy may have no choice but to hand a starting job to Yusmeiro Petit, while letting Lincecum reprise the high-leverage relief ace role that he filled with great success during the team's 2012 World Series run.

Tim Lincecum SP SF 6 Days

Lincecum was atrocious Saturday, surrendering six runs -- four of them earned -- on 70 pitches in just 2.2 innings of work against the Nationals. The loss dropped his record to 10-9 on the season.

"The Freak" also issued four free passes, bringing his BB:K to 62:130 in 145.1 innings this year. Saturday's disastrous outing puts Lincecum's next start in serious jeopardy, so owners who have clung to the righty should pay close attention to manager Bruce Bochy and his decisions related to the Giants' rotation in the coming days.

Tim Lincecum SP SF 12 Days

Lincecum allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out two in five innings to get the win in the Giants' 5-2 win over the Phillies on Sunday.

Lincecum threw just 57 strikes in the outing and walked the most batters in a start since July 6. However, he stranded 10 Phillies batters to keep them at two runs. It was his best start since July 11, when he shut out the Diamondbacks.

Tim Lincecum SP SF 19 Days

Lincecum was tagged for seven hits and six earned runs over 3.1 innings by Kansas City on Sunday. He walked three and punched out two.

Lincecum has had only one decent start over his last four assignments. The right-hander has lasted only 17 innings in that span, while allowing 23 hits and 20 earned runs. With the Giants off twice this coming week, Lincecum won't pitch again until Sunday in a home encounter with Philadelphia.

Tim Lincecum SP SF 23 Days

Lincecum pitched six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out eight batters in picking up a no-decision in the Giants loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.

Although he got a no-decision Tuesday, it was nice to see Lincecum rebound with a quality outing after two sub-par performances�where he allowed 11 runs in his last two starts (spanning just 7.2 innings). Lincecum has been up and down for most of the year and now owns a 4.22 ERA, 1.3O WHIP and 124:51 K:BB ratio in 134.1 innings this season. His next start is scheduled for Sunday on the road against the Royals.

Tim Lincecum SP SF 30 Days

Tim Lincecum allowed five runs on five hits -- including two home runs -- over 3 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Pirates.

Lincecum has gotten rocked his last two times out, but the home runs are especially concerning -- before Wednesday, Lincecum had allowed just two home runs over his previous nine starts. They accounted for four of the Pirates' five runs against him, and he also walked three in the abbreviated start. He was spared the loss in the outing, so he'll remain 9-7 with a 4.21 ERA heading into Tuesday's start at the Brewers.

Tim Lincecum SP SF 1 Month

Tim Lincecum was pounded for six runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Dodgers on Friday.

Well, he's not facing the Padres any longer. Lincecum struck out six and walked none tonight, which could have boded well, but he gave up nine hits, three of them triples. Don't buy into the hot streak: Lincecum still isn't an every-week start in mixed leagues.

Tim Lincecum SP SF 1 Month

Tim Lincecum notched the first save of his eight-year career, coming into Tuesday's game in the 14th inning and getting the final two outs for a Giants win.

George Kontos started off the inning, but got into trouble when Ryan Howard singled to lead off the frame and Wil Nieves doubled with one out to put runners at second and third. Lincecum allowed Howard to score on a ground out, then walked Cameron Rupp, but was able to get Domonic Brown to ground out to first to end the game. As a starter, Lincecum had made strides lately, and now sports a 3.65 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 108/47 K/BB ratio. Lincecum started on Sunday but should be able to make his next scheduled start on Friday against the Dodgers at home.

Tim Lincecum SP SF 2 Months

Tim Lincecum allowed three hits over seven innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout of the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Lincecum entered this one having allowed 15 earned runs in 16 innings against the Diamondbacks this year, so this rates as quite a turnaround. Then again... it's still just the Diamondbacks. Lincecum has allowed one run over 30 1/3 innings in his last four starts, but those have all come against struggling offenses (two against San Diego, one against St. Louis). That said, he's finished up the first half at 9-5 with a 3.66 ERA, numbers the Giants are most certainly happy with. We wouldn't expect him to keep it up after the break.