Aug 17, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 8/18: Cain Sharp Again, A's Should Have Kept Gomes, Biggest Question for Cardinal

Cain Sharp Again in Victory

The Giants have considered cutting the September workload for several pitchers, but manager Bruce Bochy said this week that Matt Cain would not be included if he continues to look strong on the mound.

After Saturday’s outing, it’s hard to imagine Cain getting a breather, even with the Giants sitting far out of the race.

– Alex Pavlovic, San Jose Mercury News

A’s Should Have Kept Gomes

Had the team retained Gomes, he would occupy one of the spots filled by Chris Young or Seth Smith. The Red Sox ended up getting Gomes on a two-year, $10 million deal, while Smith earns $3.76 million in 2013 and Young takes home $8.5 million.

If anything, GM Billy Beane probably thought he was upgrading his outfield by bringing in Young. Plus, it’s hard to commit a two-year deal to a part-time guy.

As the team looks up at the Texas Rangers in the AL West standings, though, Gomes sure would be a nice “resource” to have around.

– Karl Buscheck, Rant Sports

Biggest Question Surrounding the Cardinal

It might have been the running back situation and the fact that they have to replace Taylor. But Tyler Gaffney’s return from professional baseball adds experience, depth and it bolsters a committee that should be able to mimic Taylor’s production. Receiving production, however, is still up in the air. Five of the top six receiving options from last year are gone — including tight end Zach Ertz, Taylor, and Drew Terrell. Ty Montgomery was sensational in 2011 and if he returns to form, could be a bona fide stretch-the-field threat. Behind him are a host of talented, but mostly unproven players. Look for Devon Cajuste, Michael Rector, Kodi Whifield and freshman Francis Owusu (yes, that name should ring a bell), to work into the rotation.

– Kevin Gemmell, ESPN


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