A Freak Save to the Season

Jon AndersonContributor IAugust 12, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 17:  Tim Lincecum #55 and Bengie Molina #1 of the San Francisco Giants walk in from the bullpen before the start of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at AT&T Park on June 17, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants enter their final game of a three-game set against the hated Dodgers Tuesday.

Seven-and-a-half games back in the division, and a single game back in the wild card, this series was the Giants chance to make a decisive statement and solidify their push for a playoff berth.

However, things have not gone as planned, and the Giants are in danger of being swept.

Down 2-0 so far throughout the series, the Giants have shown their key weaknesses. Lack of run support, and giving up runs in spurts.

Battered and beaten, not only would a sweep statistically leave its mark on the young Giants, but it would also dent the mental push this team needs to finish off this spectacular season.

The Giants desperately need to salvage a win against the Dodgers. Dropping one game to the best team in the big leagues doesn't look so bad. Dropping three games in as many days, does.

So who will the Giants turn to?

The Franchise.

Tim Lincecum, aka The Franchise, aka The Freak, aka the hands-down best pitcher in Major League Baseball.

Lincecum is the closest thing to a "sure thing" in baseball as you can get. In his short, yet outstanding career, Lincecum is unbeaten against the Dodgers, posting a sub 3.0 ERA.

While the Dodgers have one of MLB's most potent offenses, they like other teams, just haven't been able to hit Lincecum.

For the Giants' sake, I hope that streak continues.

From the looks of it, San Fran will need Lincecum to play amazing Tuesday, and I'm sure he is up to the challenge.

While the season may or may not be over with a loss Tuesday, thanks to Timmy we won't have to find out.