Friday, July 11, 2008

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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?


M.C. O'Connor said...

If they trade Matt I'm pulling the blog.

Many hearty "muchas gracias's" to Los Hermanos Parsons for the great work while I was on holiday. RMC is kicking ass! Special tip o' the sombrero to El Doctór: are you prepared to hand Matt back to me or will there be a fight? He's quite a compelling topic, eh? (But you've got The Freak, so you'll have your hands full, and you'll have to compete with SI!)

We got to listen to the broadcast on the drive up the smoke-filled I-5 corridor this afternoon. Matt was a stud. I loved the big K's when he really needed them. Too bad we stink. You and Chris are right: M.C. is poised for a 2nd half "look at me" breakout.

JC Parsons said...

WooHoo! The return of the "cock of the walk"! Thank goodness you are back, this blog shit is kinda hard. I figure to do a somethingorother Tim post on Sun, but then I could definitely use the allstar break. It can be all yours (check and see if Brother Bob actually has posting rights, it didn't look like it to me. If you fix that he might help out some.) I expect great things from the refreshed head bhoyo of RMC!