Tim Lincecum has seen it all during his time with the Giants, from the Barry Bonds farewell to the 2010 championship to the 2011 derailment to another title in 2012 to another roadblock in 2013.

What he's seeing now is something altogether different.

"I can't really think of a time we were as good as we are now," Lincecum said after Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Mets, referring to this early in a season.

Of course he can't. It hasn't been like this in his lifetime. Not since 1962, 22 years before his birth. That was the previous time a Giants team had a 63-game record of 42-21, which is where the Giants stand after sweeping the Mets and winning five in a row, all in comeback fashion.

Nobody at the China Basin ballpark except for Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, both of whom took in the game on a gorgeous Sunday, had known exactly what it was like to be 42-21 in orange and black. Both were on the '62 team that streaked to a 103-62 record and the World Series.

Regarding the parallel, McCovey noted the strength of the '62 team, commended the '14 team in several areas, including the power game, and provided a telling statement:

"It's still early."

Indeed it is.

The 2010 team overcame a rotten August and rode a tremendous September into the postseason. In 2012, the Giants didn't see first place until late June, were in second place in mid-August and ultimately ran away from the pack.

Through 63 games in 2010 and 2012? Both years, 36-27.

"We're going to ride it out, ride the wave, and just keep producing," Lincecum said. "Everybody's got everybody's back, and we're all pulling on the same string, which is what you want. It's fun to be a part of."

Sunday's game was more of the same. Fall behind on a two-run, first-inning homer by Curtis Granderson, who hit Lincecum's 3-0 pitch. Orchestrate a three-run rally featuring a two-run double by Gregor Blanco, who led off because manager Bruce Bochy gave Angel Pagan a day off. Overcome a second Granderson homer off Lincecum, this one splashing in McCovey Cove. Add insurance runs. Let the bullpen handle the rest.