Different players have different views on Spring Training games. Pitchers especially seem to really differ on how they approach their particular spring schedule. Some really want to work on things, but also care about getting outs and winning their few innings. Others want to work on their stuff only and could care less what the results are. Right now, I’d be willing to bet that San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain falls into the latter group.
In his first start of the spring, Cain was knocked around literally and physically. In his shortened one inning of work, he caught a liner off of his knee that he just couldn’t quite get out of the way of. Shortly after that, he gave up a three-run homer that capped a four-run inning. That’s a bad outing.
Cain apparently felt good, though.
The best news of all is that his knee and leg appear to be just fine. That is great news for Giants fans. Cain is bringing his arm strength right along, and is working on breaking stuff along with velocity. He is the type that might give up five runs in an inning during his last spring outing, then throw a shutout on opening day. Don’t stress, Giants fans, and don’t worry about September creeping up on you. You’re team will be there when it counts.