05/08/10 12:25 PM ET
Lincecum stands in way of Mets sweep
By John Schlegel / MLB.com
The Giants need Lincecum to be his superhero self in the finale of the three-game weekend set at Citi Field, since he'll have to play stopper as the Mets continued their winning ways at home. New York won its ninth straight home game, in 11 innings, Saturday.
Timmy to the rescue for the Giants will mean one trend will have to reverse and another will have to continue.
The one they'd like to see reversed is Lincecum's history with New York.
The two-time National League Cy Young winner will enter Sunday's meeting with lefty Oliver Perez with a career 0-1 mark and 5.68 ERA against the Mets, allowing an opponents' batting average of .297. And then there's the matter of his All-Star trip to New York in 2008, which was spent at the hotel, sick.
Whatever his history with New York, Lincecum says playing on the big stage in the Big Apple is the same as anywhere else.
"I think you put those things aside in your mind and you say, 'This is what I do. [The mound] is where I'm most comfortable,'" said Lincecum.
The trend the Giants would like to see continue is Lincecum's mastery of May -- through 16 career starts, he's a perfect 7-0.
Giants: Adjusting Romo's setup role
After reliever Sergio Romo allowed a walk-off homer to Rod Barajas on Friday night, his third critical homer allowed this season, Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged he plans to back off Romo in certain setup situations. "He hasn't been consistent. We know it," Bochy said of Romo. "He's certainly going to help us in that [setup] situation. But we may have to back him off a little bit, which we did last year." ... Catcher Bengie Molina's status for Sunday's game is questionable after he exited Saturday's game with a tight left hamstring. Molina, 35, has started 22 of San Francisco's first 29 games.
Mets: Barajas takes a day, at least
Between his two home runs Friday night, Mets catcher Rod Barajas was struck on the glove hand when opposing catcher Eli Whiteside reached out to swing at a pitchout. Barajas was out of the lineup Saturday, and while the injury he suffered to his left index finger does not appear to be too severe, the Mets were playing it cautious with their best hitter to date. "When you get into dealing with the hand and the fingers, especially on the bat, and then you begin to manipulate the bat, now all of the sudden you put yourself in a vulnerable position as a hitter," Manuel said of Barajas, who leads the Mets with nine homers -- six in the last five starts behind the plate. "As well as he's swinging, we definitely don't want that to be the case." Backup Henry Blanco delivered the game-winning homer Saturday.
Lincecum has been quality in each of his first six starts, and the Giants rank second only to the Cardinals in the National League with 20 quality starts. ... With two more consecutive home victories, the Mets would tie the franchise record of 11, last accomplished Aug. 5-24, 2006.
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