There was just one question to ask after the Pittsburgh Pirates blew the Giants and Tim Lincecum to smithereens in a 13-2 loss at PNC Park on Sunday.

And it wasn't to inquire which palm tree they'll wobble underneath for the All-Star break.

It's this: Will Lincecum really and truly get the baseball on Saturday, with just one extra day of rest? Or will the Giants look at his 6.42 ERA – the absolute worst among qualified major league starting pitchers – and reconsider?

"No," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "No chance. We'll throw him back out there."