WASHINGTON -- Tim Lincecum is continuing to manufacture statistics that reach historical proportions. But the numbers don't look as pretty as they formerly did.
Lincecum's road ERA ballooned to 8.45 in nine road starts after he yielded eight runs (seven earned) over 3 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 9-3 loss to Washington. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one Giants pitcher has recorded a higher ERA through nine road starts since the National League began charting earned runs in 1912. That would be Terry Mulholland, who owned a road ERA of 8.79 at the same juncture in 1995.
By comparison, Lincecum's home ERA is 3.99 through eight starts.
Lincecum's next start, Sunday at Pittsburgh, also will be on the road. The Giants begin their post-All-Star-break schedule with a weekend series at home from July 13-15 against Houston. But with Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong outperforming Lincecum, manager Bruce Bochy may shuffle the starting rotation and bump the two-time Cy Young Award winner from his current No. 1 status.