Here is the opening to my Thursday column about Tim Lincecum, who will pitch Game 4 of the NLCS:

ST. LOUIS — Forget Game 3 of the NLCS, that drawn-out, drenched affair. Just know the Giants lost 3-1 and left a million men on base — 11, actually — and now they are down 2-1 in games and they will pitch Ryan Vogelsong in Game 6 and Matt Cain in Game 7, if there is a Game 6 and a Game 7.

The issue is Game 4, the most frightening game in this series from the Giants’ point of view. The issue is Tim Lincecum. After Wednesday’s game, Bruce Bochy said he will start Lincecum in Game 4 tonight.

“He’s the guy we want out there, and he’s been throwing the ball well,” Bochy said. “We’ve got to bounce back. It’s great to have a guy like Timmy all set to go.”

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