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Series clincher Matt Cain now gets to go for the big one

Oct 28, 2012, 12:20 AM EDT

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Matt Cain started and won Game 5 of the NLDS against the Reds. He got the ball again in Game 7 of the NLCS versus the Cardinals. Now he’ll try to close out a third straight series for the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday evening.

That Cain had to wait until Game 4 to face the Tigers was something of a surprise, and manager Bruce Bochy did indicate that fatigue played some role in his decision. Cain was one of the NL’s top five starters this year, and if he were still throwing like he did in September, there’s little doubt that the Giants would have lined him up to pitch Games 3 and 7 of the World Series.

Cain, though, hasn’t looked like a world beater in the postseason. While he’s come up with the two big wins, he’s lost his two other starts. In Game 7 against the Cardinals, Bochy made the call to remove him with a shutout intact in the sixth inning. In all, Cain has pitched 23 innings in his four starts and amassed a solid 3.52 ERA. However, it’s come with a decreased strikeout rate and four homers allowed. He allowed a homer every 10 innings during the regular season. In 2011, he allowed a homer every 25 innings.

On the plus side, Cain will get to face an ice cold Tigers offense in poor conditions for hitting. The temperature was 47¬†degrees¬†at the start of tonight’s game, and the forecast calls for a similar Sunday. Plus, he has a pretty rested bullpen behind him after Tim Lincecum took care of business tonight. One imagines the Giants will aim for six innings from Cain in Game 4, with Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla, Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo matching up from there. It’s been a winning recipe so far.

  1. Marty - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    I have a better chance at a threesome tomorrow than Detroit has at extending this.

    • sailcat54 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      Don’t sell yourself short, Big Guy! The Giants are definitely on a roll, though!

  2. cameltoehoe - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Marty, I’ll be #2. We just need #3. Anybody? Bueller?

  3. nghtrder169 - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Wow baseball is still being played… Wait its the World Series…. Wait its almost over – why isn’t Baseball relevant anymore? Is it because the big market Yankees & Red Sox are not relevant… Smh it’s a shame – It’s the World Series!!! Should be #1 thing going in sports…. There should be more comments here and more interest overall

  4. TheBlindUmp - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    just in case no one reads it in the other column “$crew the TV ratings! If you’re a Giants fan it doesn’t get much better than this! They’re gonna be raising some Cain tomorrow!”

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 28, 2012 at 4:13 AM

      And if you are among the millions who don’t care who wins but just want to see an exciting Series, well, it does get a lot better than this. Not a single lead change in a game so far, a possible sweep. Not exactly a classic, memorable Series. Come on Tigers, let’s make this interesting.

      • SOBEIT - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        That’s not the Giants fault…well it is but the Tigers are the ones who did not show up.

      • TheBlindUmp - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        That’s the only down side. But, judging from the amount of comments here, 3-0 has drastically dropped interest.

  5. TheBlindUmp - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    Had to add one more thing that I heard that’s funny. Who’s idea was it to have all the fans waving white flags in the stands? LOL…

  6. redandgoldhitman52 - Oct 28, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    miguel cabrera is overrated
    prince fielder is overrated
    verlander is overrated
    the tigers are overrated

    the giants are a balanced well oiled machine. the best team in mlb. everyone and every so called expert thought the tigers would stomp all over the giants. well guess what… the giants aren’t the weak yankees the tigers bullied around. its a sweep tonight. panda sandoval is the mvp.

    • indaburg - Oct 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      Are the Tigers overrated or are they underperforming based on their past performance? For the first three you mentioned (Fielder, Cabrera, and Verlander), I’d go with the latter. Don’t get me wrong–I agree that the Giants are a well balanced team but pretty much everyone expected this Series to be more competitive.

      I have no team in this series, but the post-season abyss loons. Come on, Tigers, show a little fight.

  7. coachhowi - Oct 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    The Tigers are a bunch of beer league, over weight, out of shape baseball players that, let’s don’t forget they had to battle to win the worst division in baseball. I can’t stand watching them play because they sit back and wait for the big homerun. People say the Giants have got all the breaks (Blancos Bunt in game two) that isn’t a break, he actually bunted and created the break. The Tigers do none of that and that is why the Giants will hoist the trophy again and the Dynasty that began in 2010 will continue

  8. dodger88 - Oct 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    If I am not mistaken the last pitcher to pull off 3 series ending starts was Derek Lowe in 2004.

  9. jimeejohnson - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Randy?

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