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Matt Cain Is A Bad Bad Man

By Bryan Rose

Tim Lincecum gets all of the attention, and I guess, rightfully so. I mean, if I had hair that pretty with a change-up that can slide you out of your britches, I’d be getting attention too, amirite?

But, so far? Matt Cain has proven to be the Giants best pitcher.

After last nights incredibly impressive outing (especially at that offensive juice box) in Cincinnati, Cain lowered his ERA to 2.11, good for 6th in the National League (a tenth of a fraction away from fifth) and dropped his season WHIP down to 1.00 which is good for 3rd in the league.

For whatever reason, ever since his call up to the Giants in 2005, Cain has been a hard-luck loser as he’s compiled a career 49-55 record despite the fact that he has a lifetime ERA of 3.40, extremely impressive for any pitcher, let alone one as young as Cain. Many forget that Cain is only 25 years old as he’s been in the big leagues for 5 seasons now.

Cain was astonishing last season as he compiled a 2.89 season ERA and a 1.18 WHIP which was recognized by his peers and fans as he was selected to the National League All-Star squad, despite the fact that he couldn’t play under orders from the Giants (as he had pitched too close to the All-Star break).

Tim Lincecum’s struggles have been well documented in local and national media this season, but Cain continues to slip under the radar, especially nationally and it’s a shame because he’s really turned into one of the premier and dominant pitchers in not only the National League, but throughout all of baseball.

I guess he’s our hidden San Francisco treat – and it seems the native Alabamian doesn’t mind that in the least bit.