Daddy worked his whole life, for nothing but the pain; now he walks these empty rooms, looking for something to blame. You inherit the sins, you inherit the flames. Adam raised a Cain. -Bruce Springsteen
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! There hasn’t been this much excitement in San Francisco since, well, since last year. Yesterday, Matt Cain improved his record to 9-1 with a complete-game victory over the Athletics. Cowabunga! For those of you keeping score at home, this marks the second straight season that a Giants pitcher won nine of his first ten decisions. Last year, it was Tim Lincecum who began the season at 9-1. This year, Matt Cain is finally getting some run support and is becoming the pitcher we all thought he should be.
Yesterday afternoon, Matt Cain threw 119 pitches. Yesterday afternoon, Matt Cain threw eighty-seven strikes. At one point, he retired fifteen consecutive batters. He retired nineteen of the last twenty. He walked nobody. Nobody! Nobody puts put baby in the corner! Although at times in the past, it did seem Giants themselves were trying their darndest to do just that.
In 2007, Cain finished the season with 10th lowest ERA in the National League at 3.65. In 2007, the Giants went 9–23 in his starts with the bullpen losing leads in five of those starts and the team scoring two runs or fewer in twenty-one of them. In 2007, both Byung-Hyun Kim and Jorge Sosa had more wins than Matt Cain. Egads man!
Yesterday, Matt Cain did not give his bullpen a chance to lose his lead. Yesterday, behind the bats of Pedro Sandoval, Andres Torres and Nate Schierholtz the Giants built a sizebale enough lead not to lose. Put that together with Cain’s increasingly improving control and his 95 mph heater and waddya get? You get one baaaaaad man.
Peace Out Homies. Six two and even!