Tim Lincecum is a good pitcher.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise to baseball fans anywhere, but take Tim Lincecum and put him on the road — in 2011 at least — and he’s even better. In 21 2/3 innings as the visiting starting pitcher this season, Lincecum has allowed just two earned runs total — good for the lowest road ERA in the major leagues at 0.83.
“He’s a very talented guy,” said Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. “I think you just try to make sure you get something in the strike zone and not chase. That’s easier said that done. He throws some hard breaking stuff that has the appearance of a strike that’s going to break out of the strike zone on chase pitches.
“I think the strategy is just to find something that you can handle that’s not in a chase area. No one has totally figure out a great plan against him because his success speaks to that.”
The Nationals, however, have solved Lincecum in the past to some extent.
Last year, Washington knocked the right-hander out after just 4 2/3 innings and allowing six runs and in five career starts, Lincecum is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA.