Tim Lincecum improved to 9-5 after hurling seven shutout innings and allowing three hits and two walks with six strikeouts against the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Over his last four starts, Lincecum has shown that the pitcher who once owned the National League and rightfully earned two Cy Young awards is still lurking beneath a sea of declining peripherals. He's won each of those four games and has allowed just one earned run in his last 30.1 innings (0.30 ERA) with a 24:9 K:BB. While the walks may be a little high, the performances have been nothing short of spectacular. How Lincecum comes out of the break is going to be a very telling story. He'll need a hot start to try and carry over this momentum. If not, he could head back to the struggling version we've seen more recently. Given his history, it's going to be very easy to fall for the hype, so just be careful with how much you end up paying for his services should you be looking to trade for him.ANALYST: Howard Bender
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