Tim Lincecum scratched with flu


Tim Lincecum is ducking the Phillies.  Or Vance Worley, anyway.

The Giants scratched their ace, who looked just fine at the White House yesterday, with a case of “the flu” Tuesday and moved up Barry Zito in the rotation to replace him in tonight’s showdown.

I think Lincecum just wanted to take his chances with Cole Hamels instead of the red-hot Worley.  Worley has allowed one run or fewer in six straight starts, the longest such streak in the NL this season.  If he can do it again tonight, he’ll match Justin Verlander for the majors’ longest streak this season.

Lincecum, on the other hand, has allowed one run or fewer in a mere five of his last six starts.  He’s 8-8 with a 2.90 ERA, while Worley is 6-1 with a 2.02 ERA.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.