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…. Perfection

Dan Lependorf, over the Hardball Times, puts together a graph detailing how impressive Matt Cain’s Perfecto really was:


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blockquote>…. If a pitcher strikes out 14 batters in a single game, it’ll be the lead story on every sports news program of the night. After all, it’s only happened a few hundred times in baseball history. If a pitcher throws a perfect game, it’s one of those landmark events that’ll be sold on DVD in the store. And people will buy it, because hey, it’s a perfect game. Only 22 of those.

But both of them at the same time? Congratulations, Matt Cain. You just had one of the best nights from any pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball.

But then Bill James –who Lependorf cites in his article– writes (subscription required) that Cain’s game, while very impressive, isn’t even close to being the best pitched game of all-time:

…. The Game Score for Joe Oeschger, when he pitched 26 innings one afternoon, was 153, a feat beyond the understanding of modern fans. But in the last 60 years, Dean Chance against the Yankees on June 6, 1964, had the highest Game Score on record—116. 14 innings, 3 hits, 12 strikeouts, no runs.

James then goes on to chart the best games, seasons and careers using his Game Score method. It’s a great read, and well worth the $3 bucks a month you have to pay for access to Bill James Online.

…. Perfect!!!!

Matt Cain just threw the 22nd perfect game in baseball history!!!!! There were only two real chances to get a hit, and the defense was stellar:


… Left fielder Melky Cabrera chased down Chris Snyder's one-out flyball in the sixth, scurrying back to make a leaping catch at the wall. Cain raised both arms and slapped his glove in delight when Cabrera made the play. Then, right fielder Gregor Blanco ran into deep right-center to make a diving catch on the warning track and rob Jordan Schafer for the first out of the seventh. The 27-year-old pitcher hugged Blanco in the dugout

after the inning.

UPDATE: Watching the game, I thought Cain was thinking no-hitter. He looked as locked in as any pitcher I've ever seen. I said it to my wife after the fourth, he looked like he knew they couldn't touch him. After the Melky catch in the sixth, his reaction confirmed it. That's when I texted all my buddies, including one of them AT THE GAME, and told them we needed to go radio silent. The Blanco catch made me scream so loud I was dizzy. After that, I told my family they had to stay up til the end, because it looked like Cain was gonna throw a perfect game.

Incredible. Cliff Corcoran says it was one of in baseball history…. watching it live, I thought that, and after it was over, it was clear that it was the best game I'd ever seen a pitcher throw, better than either of the Yankee perfecto's by Cone and Wells. Other than the deep fly balls, there was never a moment when you felt like he wasn't in complete control.

Congratulations to Matt and the Giants.


…. Contribution?

Barry Bonds says he’d like to be involved with the Giants in some capacity.

How about hitting instructor? Or better yet, how about czar of hitting, training

and managing the entire organization’s hitting instructors? That way, we could begin to see a system wide approach to hitting that would, if Bonds is serious, of course, begin to correct the vast deficiencies in this team’s ability to develop and train hitters.

UPDATE: It’d be nice if Lincecum could start contributing. As in, wins. The Giants are 2-9 in his starts. If he was pitching like the Freak that he is, the team would be in a lot better shape.

UPDATE, Part II: Now, they’re

2-10 in his starts. This is no longer a small problem.

…. It sure sucks to be you right now,

…. Mr. Brian Sabean. You said no thanks to this guy at the end of last season, and now that he’s healthy, and simply crushing the ball, you’re probably filled with regrets. Mayb

e he won’t be worth the money in a year or two, but we could sure use 10 home

runs and 26 RBI’s right about now. We’ve managed 9 home runs and 35 RBI from our entire outfield.

UPDATE: He just hit his 11th and 12th home runs last night. Sheesh.

UPDATE, Part II: He’s now leading the NL in home runs and RBI. Unbelievable.

…. Hard luck

Matt Cain continues to get no run support, the story of his career, as he lost 2-1 to the Marlins last night. As I wrote a while back, games like these are exac

tly why I speculated that Cain might consider leaving the Giants. A Hall of Fame career could very well be in the process of being derailed by the lack of run support he’s received since he gotten to the Show.

UPDATE: More hard luck as

the Giants lose Pablo Sandoval for the second year in a row to a broken hamate bone in his hand. Geez. This team seems doomed to squander another year of top-flight pitching as their offense completely tanks, and key players sit and watch. Where’s Stan Conte when you need him?

…. Bang!

Angel Pagan adds to his impressive start, slamming a three-run home run in the ninth inning, leading the Giants to a nice 6-5 comeback win. Panda has a 19-game hitting streak, a Giants all-time record, as the offense continues to show signs of life.

…. Joaquin Arias led off the ninth against Cincinnati closer Sean Marshall (0-2) with a walk, and Ryan Theriot followed with a single. After pinch-hitter Brett Pill struck out, Pagan lofted a 1-2 pitch 386 feet into the left field seats to

snap the Giants’ losing streak in Cincinnati at seven games.

Posey is fourth in the NL with a .368 batting average, Sandoval is 11th, Cabrera is 20th, and Schierholz is 23rd. The Giants are 8th in runs scored, 7th in home runs, 3rd in batting average, 7th in OBP, 5th in SLG, and 6th in OPS. Life-changing? Obviously not, but still, these numbers, albeit a small sample, are very encouraging. If the pitching can stabilize at our expected high level, we should be able to win a lot of games.

Sabean deserves some kudos for what looks like a much improved offense.

…. Humendous

The Giants locked up RH pitcher Matt Cain today, with a deal that makes him one of the highest paid pitchers in major league history. Cain almost c

ertainly would have gotten more if he had waited and tested the free agent waters next season, so even though the 6-year, $127.5 million dollar contract

is huge beyond imagining, it probably should be viewed as a team-friendly deal.

I’ll have more later….

…. Raising Cain

Matt Cain and his agent are still hopeful they can work out a new long-term deal with the Giants, with the end of spring training a little more than three weeks away. John Shea

ever-give-up-hope/”>seems to think a six-year, $120 million dollar deal is the right area code, but I wonder if that’s something the Giants will do. We all know how much of an

albatross the Zito deal has become. I don’t think the team would want to go beyond five years, regardless of the amount.

For that matter, as much as I think the world of Matt Cain, I wouldn’t want to go beyond five years for him, or any pitcher. Pitchers have such a higher risk of injury that it just doesn’t make sense to tie yourself up for so long, we’ve seen so many of those six and seven year mega-deals just destroy franchises.

…. Excuse-city

Henry Schulman acts the puppet for the Giants in this little bit of revisionist history:

…. The same organization that gave Aubrey Huff 2/22 couldn’

t give Beltran 2/26, especially after giving away its top pitching prospect to get him in July?

It is a fair question that speaks to a disconnect between the faithful’s expectations and the team’s philosophy, so soon after a World Series championship and a year of 81 sellouts at AT&T Park.

This is not new. It actually began 15 years ago when Brian Sabean, just named GM, traded one of the game’s best hitters (Matt Williams) to Cleveland essentially for three players: second baseman Jeff Kent, shortstop Jose Vizacaino and pitcher Julian Tavarez, who actually was the key to the deal.

…. Sabean always has believed that it makes little sense to have one or two big players if the supporting cast is weak. He would rather own a room full of toys than one Xbox 360.

First of all, the Williams deal –which has to be considered one of the luckiest deal of the last two decades– has no connection whatsoever to trading one of the top pitching prospects in the organization for a two month rental. And it has no relevance when considering whether to trade more prospects to acquire a mediocre hitter and fielder, as opposed to just ponying up for a top of the line hitter that the team actually needs.

Schulman’s whitewash asks us to accept the premise that Sabean knows all, that he can see how every deal is going to work out, that he is always successful. None of those things are true. He’s been fleeced far more often than not over the last decade. Name the trade over the last five years that’s been a huge win for the Giants. If Wheeler is starting for the Mets this season, and winning, that’ll be the third big deal in a row where Sabean got his lunch handed to him.

Oh, and by the way, when Sabean had the one Xbox 360 –Bonds– the team contended for a title for basically fifteen straight years. If not for the Giants miracle run, coupled with the Padres staggering collapse in 2010, Sabean would be watching the playoffs on TV for the last 8 seasons.

Oh, and the losers, retreads and has-beens he’s been parading around dressed in orange and black aren’t toys. They’re lumps of coal.

…. I must admit I think folks are underestimating Cabrera’s potential impact. The guy did come to bat 706 times for Kansas City last year and hit .305/.340/.470 with 18 home runs from the second spot in the order and playing 81 home games in a pitchers’ park. An outlier year? Kind of

hard to say that when the guy is supposed to be 27 years old.

Wow. Sabean couldn’t have said it better. Of course, that’s a line of bullshit a mile deep. You wanna know what Cabrera’s gonna bring to the team? 500 outs, that’s what. FIVE. HUNDRED. OUTS.

…. Epic fail

Sabean couldn’t figure out a way to make this happen? That sure seems like an inexpensive, short-term risk, sort of like the one he threw a

way on Mark DeRosa, for instance; with the exception of being a risk on a player who actually is a great hitter when healthy.

UPDATE: LOL. Sorry. Christmas. Busy.

This deal highlights our GM’s failures. He couldn’t get a deal that well thought out if he sacrificed his first born son. Jocketty and the rest of the Cardinals front office have consistently out-performed the Giants team of crack baseball minds, as evidenced by their 2 world championships over the last decade –most in all of baseball– while the Giants have now missed the playoffs two of the last three seasons while running out some of the best overall pitching the game has seen in decades.

Two years, $26 million.

I have listed some of the money that Sabean has thrown away during the last decade so many times, I can find that money in about ten seconds.

…. Sabean has thrown about $35 million in 2010-2011 commitments at DeRosa, Aubrey Huff, Freddy Sanchez, Bengie Molina, and Juan Uribe.

…. Don’t give $18 million to Dave Roberts, $12 million to Marvin Benard, $8 million to Shawon Dunston, $14 million to NEIFI-FUCKING-PEREZ!!!!!

There, that was easy enough.

You want a rant, I’ll give you a rant. ;-)

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