For the first time since 2007, someone other than Tim Lincecum will be the Giants opening day starter.
Matt Cain, the longest-Giant tenured at eight years, will get the nod against the Dodgers on April 1 in Los Angeles to kick off the baseball season for the defending World Series Champions.
Cain, who signed a five-year, $112.5 million contract extension last offseason, had a 16-5 record with a 2.79 ERA in 32 games. He started the clinching game of the World Series in Detroit.
Bruce Bochy said the decision was easy, but claimed that he thinks any one of his pitchers could start on Opening Day.
“I really feel that way,” he said. “I’m not just saying it. Look at all of them, what they’ve done in the past. Zito has done it before. Timmy has done it before. That’s why I don’t get caught up in the numbers of the rotation. We don’t look at guys as “four” or “five” guys. That’s a compliment to who they are.”
Cain will oppose Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, who finished second in the voting for the Cy Young Award after winning it in 2011. Kershaw is one of the most dominant pitchers in the game, recording a 2.53 ERA in 2012, a 1.023 WHIP, and over a strikeout per inning.
So mark your calendars, folks. Cain vs. Kershaw, Opening Day in Dodger Stadium. Can’t wait.