Monday, February 18, 2013

Cain vs. Kershaw on April 1

Not an April Fool's Day joke -- that's how the season will start at Chavez Latrine.Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle has fun with it -- 

In the most stunning development since the sun rose earlier in the day, manager Bruce Bochy has just said that Matt Cain will get his first career Opening Day start, facing Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles on April 1.
This ends four consecutive seasons in which Tim Lincecum started the opener.
Manager Bruce Bochy revealed the choice after this afternoon’s workout. He did not announce the rotation after Cain, though he did say that Ryan Vogelsong will start Saturday’s Cactus League opener against the Angels.
The Opening Day start had to go to Cain, who established himself as the staff ace not only with the six-year, $112.5 million extension he signed last year, but also his clubhouse leadership and his performance in 2012, when he finished 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA, threw a perfect game and started all three postseason series clinchers.
Bochy was asked if the choice was that easy.
“Yes,” he said, “but at the same time every one of them could be considered to be an Opening Day guy. I really feel that way. I’m not just saying it. Look at all of them, what they’ve done in the past. Zito has done it before. Timmy has done it before. That’s why I don’t get caught up in the numbers of the rotation. We don’t look at guys as “four” or “five” guys. That’s a compliment to who they are.”
When asked who might start the home opener four days later, against St. Louis, Bochy joked, “I’m going to bring Cain back on early rest.”

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