Matt Cain is poised to rejoin the Giants’ rotation sometime next week after spending the first half of the season on the disabled list. His absence made room for Chris Heston, who has proven to be one of the more positive stories for the Giants so far in 2015. Heston joined Cain as one of three Giants to throw a no-hitter in the past four years (Cain’s was a perfect game). Here’s how a comparison of Heston’s and Cain’s stats through their first 16 big-league starts looks:
Cain: Threw a one-hit shutout against the A’s at the O.co Coliseum on May 21, 2006 – but was overshadowed somewhat by a homerless game from Barry Bonds, who was tied with Babe Ruth at 714 career home runs at the time.
Heston: Threw the majors’ first no-hitter of 2015 on June 9 against the New York Mets at Citi Field. It was the first no-hitter from a Giants rookie pitcher in 103 years, and Heston provided his own offense with a two-run single.
Heston, following his no-hitter: “Definitely something I’ll remember forever.”
A’s outfielder Jay Payton, following Cain’s 2006 shutout: “He’s got a great arm, and he’ll have some success up here.”