Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Our Pacific Northwest: Cain to Commence Giant's 2013 Campaign

Our Pacific Northwest

Cain to Commence Giants' 2013 Campaign
Photo Via SF Examiner

The Oakland Tribune reported today the Giants will send right-hander Matt Cain to the mound on Opening Day, April 1st in Los Angeles. The young southern man is coming off his best and most magical season last year. The 28-year-old registered a career high 16 wins (including a perfect game last June), 193 strike-outs, started the All-Star game, locked down a 2.79 ERA, and helped the Giant’s clinch a second World Series in three years. Cain will likely face the young left-hander and former Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw on Opening Day, who picked up 14 wins, 229 strikeouts, and a 2.53 ERA in 2012. With Tim Lincecum's performance fading the last couple seasons, these newly minted pitching rivals may not only decide this year’s Cy Young winner, but may ultimately decide the outcome of a contentious divisional race between notorious rivals. The Giants have gelled into a team which feeds off its chemistry in the clutch, but it will be interesting to see if the Dodgers can do the same with a loaded lineup after last season's blockbuster deal. Debatably making their regular season series the hottest ticket in baseball.

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