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From The Stretch: Some quick thoughts on Cain’s Perfect Game
Posted By Connor Callaghan On Jun 14 2012 @ 3:16 am In San Francisco Giants | 6 Comments
Well what a night to start. I’m still trying to digest what I just saw.
Where do I even begin when every Giants fan was watching this game so intently? Well when I started watching the game and got a couple innings in, I thought it would be all about the Giants offense. Let’s see, we scored two in the first, then three in the second, and another rally in the third to score two more, was anybody really thinking about Cain pitching? By the middle of the seventh, I didn’t want to see the Giants offense at all. I wanted quick outs if it wasn’t a Giants home run. I wanted to see Cain throw nothing but strike outs and be quick about it. When you talk about Giants Torture, this was a prime example.
Anyway, after the incredible perfect game thrown by Matt Cain and caught by Buster Posey, I had some quick thoughts that sprung into mind right after out 27.
First I thought, “That’s a Cy Young,” and why shouldn’t he be? He’s definitely been the hottest pitcher in the National League that doesn’t throw a knuckle ball. He’s got the second lowest ERA behind the Brave’s Brandon Beachy and it’s just been going down since the start of the season. He’s also now won seven of his last games, not decisions, but games started. This game also puts Cain in position to compete for the starting pitcher in the All Star Game coming up and also helps boost Posey’s popularity for catching a perfect game. But I think it’s pretty clear R.A. Dickey of the Mets will lock that up. He’s tied for the lead league in wins and is third in ERA right behind Cain. And beside one hitting the Rays tonight, he’s the only guy in the league with a knuckle ball, that’s pretty cool, everyone wants to see that in an All Star Game. Regardless of that though, Cain threw the league’s 22nd perfect game tonight in an already career season. He’s definitely in the running now for the Cy Young.
On the flip side I kind of laughed a little that Cain’s perfect game completely took attention away from Cain’s main competition in Dickey’s controversial one hitter. In the bottom of the first of the Mets and Rays game, David wright mishandled a bare handed attempt at a ground ball. It was ruled a hit, and it’s hard to disagree with that after seeing the replay again and again. Still, the Mets are going as far as appealing to the league that it should have been ruled an error. They even admitted it was a long shot, but after Cain’s historic game, the league isn’t going to bother with Dickey. It’s going to be all about Cain tomorrow. This might have been the best ever.
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