Why Tim Lincecum Should Start Game 1 Of NLCS

SAN FRANCISCO (Bleacher Report) — While Bruce Bochy was right to put his struggling ex-ace Tim Lincecum in the bullpen for the San Francisco Giants’ five-game series win against the Cincinnati Reds, he needs his two-time Cy Young Award winner to retake his mantle as the team’s go-to starter.

The fact that Lincecum accepted his demotion so graciously underlines his understanding of what it takes to be a good teammate.

Now Bochy has a decision to make about who to give the ball to Sunday against either the St. Louis Cardinals or the Washington Nationals, and he should look no further than Lincecum for the job.

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