My tank is empty. Matt Cain pitched well and lost. It's such a tired story--I can't do it any more. I have nothing to say except that he should know better than to give up late runs. I mean run. Will Venable hit a leadoff home run and then the Padres got zero hits until two out in the 6th, when they got two and scored the go-ahead run. That was the game. Like I said, Matt Cain should know better. He should have been happy with a tie (thank you, Brett Pill). The 'no-decision' is a respectable stat. C'mon, Matt, shoot for those NDs from now on. And speaking of Brett Pill, I'm happy for the guy, but I really think the Giants first baseman of the future is Brandon Belt. And the future is now. Let's see some more of the Baby Giraffe. And Crawford, too. Let's see some more Brandon Crawford. Please, no more Orlando Cabrera. He is not an upgrade over Miguel Tejada, a man who was just served his walking papers. I'd feel better about the wretched state of the Giants offense if it was a bunch of youngsters struggling to hit real pitching instead of an over-the-hill gang coming up waaaaaaay short in the Veteran Savvy Clutchness department.
The Giants are 3-7 in Cain's last ten starts. He's thrown 70-2/3 innings, given up 54 hits, 26 runs, and 18 walks. He's struck out 50 and has 164 on the season (his career high is 186). He's 5th in the NL in WHIP, 1st in Quality Starts, and 3rd in OPS against. He now has five straight 200 IP seasons which ties him with Jim Barr and Jack Sanford on the all-time SF list. Only Juan Marichal (10) and Gaylord Perry (6) have more. Cain will pass Sanford (211) and Barr (220) in starts next season, and has Mike McCormick (252), Kirk Rueter (277), Perry (283), and Marichal (446) still ahead.