Tim Lincecum was awful, allowing eight runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three batters over 4.1 innings against the Reds on Tuesday.
After cruising through his previous four starts (6 ER), Lincecum took two steps backwards in his worst start of the season. He is now 4-4 with a 5.01 ERA and 1.58 WHIP through his first 12 starts, but has managed to strikeout just under one batter per inning thus far (8.91 K/9). As long as you have inning-eating pitchers to keep both your ERA and WHIP in check, Lincecum makes for a solid contributor in the strikeout category if nothing else. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Mets on Sunday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Phillies recalled Cody Asche from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies seem ready to commit to Asche as their new starting left fielder which certainly gums up the outfield configuration for veterans like Ben Revere, Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur. It also displaces Darin Ruf. While they may be happy with the defensive work he did down in the minors, Asche's bat never really heated up, so the team is still going to have some serious offensive woes. This plan may have looked good on paper, but it should be re-visited in a couple of weeks to see how things are panning out. Analysis: Howard Bender