So many times this year, the Giants, their fans, the media, even Tim Lincecum himself wondered if a good start was the beginning of a turnaround, the road back to Old Timmy, the game in which the momentum had turned and all was right again with the world.

We're there again.

This time, there's more urgency. It's not a matter of hoping he'll follow one good start with another. It's a matter of, it better happen. For the Giants' sake. And his own.