Thursday, April 18, 2013

Paging the real Matt Cain

Man, this guy who's been pitching for the Gmen has been no damn good this season. Supposed staff ace Matt Cain just didn't have it today in a 7-2 loss to the Brew Crew. Here's what Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area had to say, noting the alcoholic Yovani Gallardo homered -- 

 Pitchers never like to give up home runs to pitchers, but Gallardo’s shot was the 11th of his career. Cain (0-2) had a much more visible reaction after the curveball to Lucroy, when he bent at the waist and appeared to curse himself. It was just the sixth time in 239 career starts that Cain allowed at least three homers.

The Giants are now 0-4 in Cain’s starts, and no, they didn’t lose four consecutive times with him on the mound all of last season – or in 2011, either. It hadn’t happened since June 24 to July 9, 2010.

Cain’s velocity is not down and he has 20 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings, so there’s nothing obviously wrong. He recovered well enough to retire 11 of the last 12 batters he faced. But the way the rotation is pitching, there’s little consolation the Giants can take from that.

The starting staff has a 5.07 ERA through 16 games.


Blogger DrBGiantsfan said...

His use of breaking pitches is way up which helps him get those K's, but he also hangs way too many. That is where the dingers are coming from.

6:35 AM  

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