When: 7:05 EST
The Starters: Cain (9-3, 2.53) vs. Detwiler (4-3, 3.30)
The Line: Giants -120, Nats 100, O/U 7.5 Runs, Giants -1.5
Last night while you were sleeping (or trying to console a newborn like I was) Matt Cain retired all 27 Astros he faced to record the 22nd perfect game in Major League Baseball history. Cain’s 125-pitch gem was arguably the most perfect, perfect game ever as he tied Sandy Koufax’s record for the most strikeouts in a perfecto with 14. He was aided by a few great defensive plays behind him (as is the case with every no-hitter/perfect game), most notably a spectacular diving grab by Gregor Blanco in the 7th inning. Matt Cain has quietly been one of baseballs best pitchers since 2009 and this performance should go a long way towards making him more of a household name. His numbers on the year are pretty incredible; 8-2, 2.18 era (3rd best in MLB), 96 K (2nd), 6 to 1 K/BB, .192 Opp BA (5th), and most impressive of all 0.85 WHIP (1st). Cain is certainly the NL Cy Young front runner right now and at just 27 he’ll probably be a favorite to win that award for many years to come.
Pick to Win AL East: New York Yankees
I think that the Yankees will just have too much of everything for the Rays and Red Sox to keep up with them. They have great hitters back again with Alex Rodriguez, Mark Tiexeira, Cano, and Granderson in the middle of the lineup. On top of that they have a catcher who was an all-star last year in Russel Martin and a sure-fire hall of famer in Derek Jeter. One of their biggest holes last year was pitching, and they certainly knew that and made some big moves in free agency. They traded for Michael Pineda who had a great rookie year and signed Hiroki Kuroda who has a career 3.45 ERA. On top of that they still have an ace in C.C. Sabathia and another young star in Ivan Nova who went 16-4 last year. They have certainly improved their pitching and will win this division.
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