Giants fans might fret about today's game with the St. Louis Cardinals, but don't expect Matt Cain to share their anxiety.
Cain, the youthful veteran who arrived in the big leagues in 2005, doesn't show much emotion unless he's celebrating something like throwing a perfect game or winning the World Series. Stuff like that fires him up.
But he's not much of a showman, and he seldom registers emotions such as consternation, worry, anger, doubt and fear when he pitches.
After a tough loss during his first year in the major leagues, Cain, then 20, was impassive and unruffled. Disappointed that his pitching effort sabotaged by ineffective relief in a key Sept. 14 game against eventual National League West champion San Diego failed to help the Giants gain ground, he was calm, implacable. "It's not much fun," Cain said about losing during a postgame clubhouse interview, "but you have to keep going."
Not quite as baby-faced as in those early days, Cain has kept going: through tough on-the-job lessons and poor run support; into his emergence as one of the league's top right-handers and a World Series champion; and, ultimately, to this important start against the Cardinals.
Consistency has been Cain's signature, composure his default state of being.
He might not be perfect or even a sure thing, but he'll be the player everyone else on the field today believes is the best man for the job at hand.
What to watch
Baseball, Giants at St. Louis, 1:07 p.m., FOX40: Figure on lots of "sick" calls at work today with Cain on the mound in Game 3 of the NLCS.
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