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WS Game 3. Giants one win away.

In 1966, the L.A. Dodgers scored two runs in the third inning of Game 1. They were the only runs they scored in the entire series, as the Orioles shut them out in Games 2, 3 and 4.

No team was shut out in consecutive games… until last night.

The S.F. Giants shut out Detroit again, 2-0, to take a commanding 3 games to nothing lead in the World Series, and have Matt Cain on the mound tonight.

Both runs scored in the second. Hunter Pence walked, stole second on a K and advanced to third on a WP. Gregor Blanco tripled in a run and after another strikeout, Brandon Crawford singled in Blanco.

Should they get one more win, it would be the second title for San Francisco in three years… and 2010 was the first ever for the city.

In Yankees news, CC had his bone spur surgery and should be OK for spring training (X–fingers crossed). Meanwhile can the GOAT (Greatest of All Time)’s career be over? Reports are that Mariano Rivera, 43 next month, is having second thoughts about coming back after his ACL surgery.

Not only that, Mo’s contact is up. You want to show respect for the great Rivera, but how much would you pay a 43 year old who missed most of 2012 and who is coming off ACL surgery? Surely not the $15MM he made last year, but how much? Especially when you are trying to cut 10% off your budget to get under the cap in 2014? (Granted we are only talking 2013 for Mo here, but…).

Michael Pineda, coming off shoulder surgery, isn’t expected to be with the Yanks until midseason 2013.

 

WS Game 2. Giant strides while Raising Cain. SF breaks it open in 8th, wins 9-0.

First off, Congrats to Roberto Clemente Award winner, Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox.

A few years ago, in looking at young pitchers I wanted the Yanks to target as far as a possible trade, I mentioned Matt Cain. Not that SF was going to give him up…

Tonight, Cain proved he was worthy of the attention. 7 2/3 shutout innings.

He was helped by a Edgar Renteria (is it really 13 years since his hit won the 1997 WS for Florida?) HR and an RBI single by Uribe to put SF up 2-0 entering the bottom of the 8th.

C. J. Wilson had to leave after six with a blister. He did pitch well. 6 IP, 2 R on only 3 H.

You had the feeling that Texas’ karma has turned from good to bad when Kinsler’s drive in the fifth missed being a HR by inches. Maybe even a one single, solitary inch.

In the 8th, the pitcher’s duel turned into a rout. Derek Holland faced three batters, walked all three, and all three scored. Mark Lowe faced two batters. Walk and hit. Both scored. SF got 7 in the 8th–all after two were out—to blow it open. Renteria added a 2-run single to the HR he had earlier, and Aaron Rowand had a two-run triple. Two runs were walked in.  Pathetic.

By the way, do we really need to see a shot of Nolan Ryan after anything happens? He isn’t playing. Hasn’t since 1993. We don’t need to see a shot of him every inning.  He’s not the story.

Throwing out ideas.

A while back, I looked at Zack Greinke as a possibility for a trade, especially if the Yanks wanted a young pitcher with potential, experience and promise and were foiled in bids for CC, AJ, Lowe, etc. Greinke would be cheap as far as salary, but would cost players in a trade.

The blog nomaas.org throws out the name of Matt Cain of the Giants. The author of the piece suggests Cano for Cain, with the Yanks going after Orlando Hudson (just 30) as the replacement for Cano. I’ve also written about maybe getting Hudson and dealing Cano to shore up other needs. Let’s look at Cain.

Cain has been hurt by pitching for a bad team. He has been hurt by this even worse than Greinke has. Just 24, Cain is 30-43 in his career, but he has an excellent 118 ERA+. His ERA is 3.74 for his career. In 2007, he was 7-16 despite a nice 3.65 ERA (122 ERA+). This year he was 8-14, 3.76. (ERA+ 114). Since becoming a full-time starter and a full-time member of the Giants rotation in 2005, he hasn’t missed a start. He has gone 190, 200 and 217 IP (disregarding the fractions). 179, 163 and 186 K.

Greinke is 34-45, 4.28 for his career. Cain doesn’t have the DH (except for interleague) that Greinke has to face, and you do worry about the NL to AL transition. Still, he has been healthy, knock on wood. Greinke’s ERA+ is 107. Greinke, like Cain, is 24—albeit a few months older.

The idea, however, is the same. NoMaas with Cain, like I did with Greinke, was and is looking for and at pitchers who have experience and seem ready to blossom soon. Pitchers under 25, cheap, talented, and whom, once you look past the W-L record, have ERAs that show that they could win—and win big—if you put them on a good team. Pitchers who you hope have 10 years of great pitching ahead of them. Hopefully Joba and Hughes (and others) have that. Trying to identify others who may be available via trade is something the Yanks also need to look at (and most likely are). Especially if the high-rollers (CC, AJ, Lowe, Sheets) decide not to come to the Bronx.

Interesting article by NoMaas, and I commend them for it.