LeBron James won an NBA title and I won a pick — all in the same night. Apparently, miracles do happen. Speaking of miracles, Giants ace (make that former ace) Tim Lincecum is in desperate need of one. In 14 starts, Lincecum is 2-8 with a 6.19 ERA overall, 1-4 with an 8.13 ERA on the road, and in his last nine trips to the mound since the calendar flipped to May, the right-hander has given up at least four runs seven times. Even more damning: The Giants lost all nine games, and they’re 2-12 in Lincecum’s 14 trips to the mound this year (1-6 at home; 1-6 on the road), including a 6-2 home loss to Oakland last month. Let me remind you that we’re now closer to Independence Day than Memorial Day, meaning this isn’t some fluke. Lincecum is a mess, and the fact this is a near pick-em game is insane, especially when you consider that the A’s are red hot, having won eight of their last nine games — all against N.L. West opponents.
Oakland started this week with a three-game sweep of the first-place Dodgers, outscoring L.A.
11-2 while allowing a total of eight hits, and over their last seven games, the A’s pitchers have yielded a grand total of 12 runs. Rookie right-hander Jarrod Parker got in on the fun in his most recent start, allowing three hits in seven shutout innings of an 8-2 win — in Colorado — to improve to 3-3 with a 2.82 ERA on the season. True, the Giants blasted him in an 8-6 win on May 18 (Parker gave up six runs in two innings), but that game was in San Francisco. In five starts at home, Parker has allowed just six runs in 34 innings (1.59 ERA). Speaking of home-road stats, there’s this: On May 20, the A’s beat the Giants 6-2 across the bay, ending the home team’s nine-game winning streak in this rivalry, which includes six straight losses by San Francisco in Oakland.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆
Thursday’s Result: Nationals (-135) vs. Rays (Win)