Tim Lincecum, tonight’s Giants starter, against pretty much anyone is a mismatch on paper, but the Nationals have shown in the recent past they can beat him. Last year in San Francisco, Lincecum hit the low point of a rough stretch when the Nationals beat him around – six runs on six hits, five walks and four stolen bases. Luis Atilano got the win in one of the all-time reverse locks.

The Nationals also beat Lincecum the only time they faced him in 2009, although that’s an awfully long time ago and he allowed just two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings, anyway. The pitching gets no easier the rest of the weekend for the Nationals, who will face Jonathan Sanchez, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner after Lincecum. Fun!

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