Here is what Tim Lincecum is thinking right now:

"Take out the statistics. When I've had to dig deep, I've done it."

This is not Timmy the rookie curiosity, who whipped pitches with ferocity. This is not Timmy the Cy Young Award winner, who didn't need to read scouting reports to level a lineup.

What we have now is Timmy the veteran. He has been to the top and back down. He has a track record and he's going to lean on it, dammit. He was 0-5 during a miserable August 2010, and he turned it around so dramatically by sparkling all through September, then into the postseason, then standing on the mound and dominating in the only November game in franchise history.