After another rough start, two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is in danger of falling out of the San Francisco Giants' starting rotation as they make a late-season playoff push.
Lincecum was roughed up in his start Saturday against Washington, lasting just 2 2/3 innings while giving up six runs, four of them earned. The righty has not gone more than six innings in any of his last six starts, and has an ERA of 7.94 in August.
And that is why Giants manager Bruce Bochy is considering taking Lincecum out of the rotation, although he is still debating the topic.
"We haven't made any determinations," Bochy said. "I have not had a chance to talk to Timmy. Until I talk to the player, I don't like to make any announcements."
Lincecum blamed himself after Saturday's loss, and Bochy noted that his pitcher tends to take his starts to heart, good or bad.
"Timmy really takes it so hard," Bochy said. "He feels like he's letting everybody down. I feel like he's got that added pressure on himself. As a starter, they know when it doesn't go well, that they've probably taxed the bullpen, and so they take it hard."