"I'm going to go into that game knowing that I have to be on my 'A' game," he said. "I have to be on top of my stuff. Even on his bad days, he has good enough stuff to get you out."Lincecum knows all about residing among baseball's elite. His 2012 struggles haven't altered the fact that he has accomplished what Strasburg hopes to achieve. "Timmy's done things in this game that no one's ever done. I think that gets lost in the shuffle," DeRosa said. "Players understand that. We know it's a 'what have you done for me lately' game, there's no doubt about that. But at the end of the day, when you win two Cy Youngs in your first three years in the game and you win a World Series title, that stuff shouldn't be just pushed aside so quick. Everyone has hiccups and stuff, and their team's still in first place. If he ever gets it going, they should win that division. "I loved watching Timmy pitch. I looked forward to it." DeRosa has quickly developed the same admiration for Strasburg: "This guy is just stuff, stuff and more stuff. I tell him every time, 'This is the day.' Every time he takes the mound, 'This is the day you throw your no-hitter.' It's going to happen." Lincecum graciously acknowledged Strasburg's eye-popping skill. "It's hard not to pay attention to him," said Lincecum, 28. "He's earned that right, especially with his stuff and his numbers and coming back strong from his injury. With the way he's been able to stay humble as well, it's hard for the guy to go unnoticed." It's easy to envision how the afternoon will develop.
"I think Strasburg's going to be more of the power pitcher that Timmy used to be," Lopez said, "but Timmy has a lot more pitches now in his repertoire and still has the ability to strike a lot of people out."Regardless of what happens, the event promises to be one to savor. "I think it's event viewing for the players as well," DeRosa said. "As much as you're going up there and you're competing, you're getting a chance to see guys do things that the majority of us can't." "You learn to appreciate moments like that," Lopez said.