Every baseball season there appears a pitcher, who for some unknown reason, is snakebit. Matt Cain is that person. The San Francisco right-hander allowed just three hits and fanned 11 going into the eighth inning of a game he led 3-0 at San Diego. He runs out of gas, is removed and the bullpen allows a game-tying 3-run homer. And, it’s been that way the whole year for the 22-year-old 3-12 pitcher with a 3.93 ERA and 107 strikeouts.
Wiseguys notice these flaws and jump on them. When Cain pitches this year, you blindly bet the other side. I did, cussed myself for being a fool, then cheered in amazement my good fortune and accurate assessment of a recurring situation.
Profit can come both ways. From winners: Paul Byrd (Indians), Mark Buehrle (White Sox); Adam Wainwright (Cards), Jeff Francis (Rockies).
And losers: Brett Tomko (Dodgers); Chris Capuano (Brewers); The Weavers (M’s, Angels), Dontrelle Willis (Marlins), Andy Sonnanstine (D’Rays).
That’s why I’m having my best season ever in baseball. Just doing homework.
Twins at Royals:Santana on the road against Odalis Perez! TWINS. Red Sox at Angels: Lester a nice addition to Sox staff and not facing Lackey or Escobar is a break. SOX. Braves at Mets: Big game Smoltz over B.Lawrence every time. BRAVES.
M’s at O’s:Cabrera 5-0 lifetime against Seattle. ORIOLES.
Last wk: 6-1. 2007: 84-55 (60%)