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