The roller coaster ride that we call Matt Cain's 2008 pitching performance continued in a windy Wrigley. (Not to beat a dead horse, but, once again BCB covers this pattern with beautiful graphs) Using Chris' "Game Score" numbers, you can see that Matt has had 9 good starts, 6 bad starts and about 5 in the middle. It is not hard to see his trend going up, after all 2 of his last three have been his finest. In a year like this one where wins are hard to come by and actually rather meaningless, it is very important that we keep an eye open to the big picture and the trends that can only be appreciated over time. So, yes, of course, Matt pitched well enought to win. (The team has 14 hits in the LAST FOUR GAMES, which is something we all pretty much saw coming.) But that is not what is important. The key today is that Matt Cain regrouped after a bad showing and continued his upward spiral.
Want something to worry about? As trade talks speed up in the next couple weeks, will Matt Cain become a pawn in Brian Sabean's final desperate match? Read this discussion and notice how quickly Matt comes up. Is our offense so bad and young pitching so good that we even consider trading Matt?