Sept. 7, 2011
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Matt Cain made his 200th career start Wednesday, and it ended like far too many before it.He was great. He lost.RECAP: Cain's strong start wasted in Giants' 3-1 loss
As usual, he said all the right things afterward. He always does. But if you pinned the poor guy down and riddled him with some sort of truth serum, here's what you'd be likely to hear:Look, guys, I'm tired of taking the fall on these in the name of being a good teammate. I've got my Willie Mac Award. Now I want wins. So the next time I tell you my latest seven-inning, three-hit loss should have been an eight-inning, one-hit victory -- if only I'd made better pitches here and there -- go ahead and slap me in the side of the neck and call me a dragon.Why a dragon? I have no idea. Maybe because I feel like breathing fire right now. My career record is four games under .500, and my career ERA is under 3.40. I know baseball isn't supposed to be fair, but I also know that what goes around usually comes around in this game.Tell me. Please. When is what's gone around going to come around? I'm sick -- violently ill, in fact -- of waiting.Wouldn't it be nice to hear him finally let loose like that in public? In front of the microphones and notebooks that crowd him after each disheartening loss? Who knows? It might be cathartic in a sense. It sure couldn't hurt.Bruce Bochy, in a radio interview last week, said fans would be surprised to hear some of the things Cain says in the dugout when his latest effort is going wasted. Said Tim Lincecum lets loose, too. They go off, said the skip. They rant and rip.Good for them. Their teammates deserve it.Cain certainly doesn't deserve what he's gotten in Orange and Black, and Wednesday was merely the latest, galling example.