Tim Lincecum's days of dominating opponents may be in the past. That doesn't mean he can't dial up flashes of the Freak he once was especially against the San Diego Padres. Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win. Lincecum retired the final 23 batters after walking Chase Headley in the second inning. Though the Padres hit a few balls hard, Giants fielders didn't need to make any exceptional plays to preserve Lincecum's gem. Now let's get practical for fantasy purposes about whether or not fantasy owners should own Lincecum. He was facing a Padres club that has produced by far the fewest runs in the major leagues this season and he still owns a rough 4.42 ERA in 91 2/3 total innings this year. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him return to mediocrity in his next outing against the Cardinals. In his previous start before Wednesday’s no-hitter, Lincecum was knocked around by the Diamondbacks for four earned runs on seven hits and struck out just one batter across six rough innings. He was also blown up for eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings earlier this month by the Reds. Let's let Tim enjoy the moment, but fantasy owners should not expect this type of performance again this year.
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