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10/28/12             6:56 AM ET

San Francisco will attempt to become the 21st team to sweep a World Series in Game 4 against Detroit on Sunday night (8 p.m. ET air time on FOX, 8:15 first pitch). The Giants are the 24th team to win the first three games of a World Series. Of the previous 23, 20 completed the sweep and the other three won in five games.

Here are five storylines to watch in Game 4:

Four-for-Four

Matt Cain is the ace of the San Francisco rotation. He pitched the pennant-clinching Game 7 in the National League Championship Series against St. Louis, which pushed him back in the World Series rotation. That means he gets a chance to pitch the Series finale, too, if the Giants win Game 4.

He has a hard act to follow. Barry Zito, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong have combined to allow one run in 18 1/3 innings in the first three games. That’s a 0.49 ERA. Only once has a World Series rotation had a lower ERA — the 1905 New York Giants did not allow an earned run against the Philadelphia A’s.

 

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Other rotation ERAs below 1.00 were Baltimore’s 0.61 ERA against the Dodgers in 1966, the Yankees’ 0.76 ERA against the Phillies in ’50, and the Yankees’ 0.78 ERA against the Reds in ’39. The ’05 Giants are the only one of the four teams that had an ERA below 1.00 and did not sweep.

The 1905 Giants allowed three unearned runs in a 3-0, Game 2 defeat during their five-game victory over the A’s.

Pitching In

The Giants’ entire pitching staff has been impressive. San Francisco pitched shutouts in Games 2 and 3 against a Detroit team that was shut out in only two of their 162 regular-season games.

The 1905 New York Giants pitched a record four shutouts in the World Series. This year’s version of the Giants have a chance to become only the third team to have three shutouts in a World Series. Baltimore did it against the Dodgers in ’66, and the Dodgers did it against Minnesota in ’65.

The 2012 Giants currently are the 15th team to pitch two shutouts, joining, among others, the ’10 Giants, who twice blanked Texas.

Having allowed three runs in three games, the Giants have a team ERA of 1.00. Only five teams had an ERA below 1.00 in the World Series: the 1905 Giants at 0.00, ’66 Orioles at 0.50, ’50 Yankees at 0.73, ’20 Indians at 0.89, and ’07 Cubs at 0.94.

The Giants’ back-to-back team shutouts were the first in a World Series since the 1966 Orioles. The most recent time it was done by an NL pitching staff was Cincinnati in ’19 against the Chicago White Sox — more often known as the Black Sox, because members of the team conspired to throw the Series. The last time an NL team had back-to-back World Series shutouts against a team that was trying to win was the 1917 Giants against the White Sox. Chicago won the 1917 World Series, 4-2, despite losing those shutouts in Games 3 and 4.

Whole Lot of Nothing

Prince Fielder joined the Tigers in the offseason after leaving the Brewers as a free agent, and now he is playing in his first World Series. It hasn’t been productive for Fielder. He went 1-for-10 in the first three games against San Francisco. He’s not the first hitter to struggle in the Fall Classic, however. There have been 139 players who had at least 10 plate appearances in a World Series and hit below .100.

Playoff struggles are not new for Fielder, who played in the postseason with Milwaukee in 2008 and ’11. Fielder has a career .190 career postseason average. That ties him with Kelly Gruber, Andy Van Slyke and Walt Weiss for 38th-lowest career postseason average for players with 75 plate appearances or more.

In the Clutch

The Giants have taken advantage of their scoring opportunities. They are a combined 7-for-18 with runners in scoring position — a .389 average. Three teams have had an average better than .400 with runners in scoring position in World Series history — the 2007 Boston Red Sox (.419), 1910 Philadelphia A’s (.417) and 2010 Giants (.405).

At the other extreme, Detroit is 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, a .091 average. There have been only four teams with a World Series batting average with runners in scoring position below .100 — the 1966 Dodgers were 0-for-22, the ’50 Phillies hit .067, the ’74 Dodgers hit .088, and the ’05 A’s hit .095.

Get the Broom

There have been 20 sweeps in World Series history. The list includes the 1907 Cubs against the Tigers, and 1922 New York Giants against the Yankees. Both of those series included games declared ties because of darkness when they rolled into extra innings.

San Francisco will attempt to become eighth NL team to sweep a Series and the third since the 1963 Dodgers swept the Yankees. Cincinnati swept both Oakland in ’90 and the Yankees in ’76.

The AL has swept 13 World Series, including the most recent five times a sweep has occurred — Boston against Colorado in 2007, the White Sox against Houston in ’05, Boston against St. Louis in ’04, the Yankees against Atlanta in 1999, and the Yankees against San Diego in ’98.

The Yankees have been involved in 11 of the 20 sweeps. The Yankees have swept the NL champion eight times, and the Yankees have been swept three times — by the Reds in 1976, the Dodgers in ’63, and the Giants in ’22. The Giants are looking for their third sweep. The Giants and Cincinnati are the only NL teams with more than one sweep.

from:  http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121028&content_id=40095430&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

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Matt Cain was born on October 1st, 1984 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Cain

October 1st, 1984

October 1st

10 + 1 +2+0+1+2 = 16 = his personal year (from October 1st, 2012 to October 1st, 2013) = Shocking.  Stunning.  Amazing.  Unprecedented.

The Tower Tarot card

16 year + 10 (October) = 26 = his personal month (for October 2012) = Fans.  In the news.  Making headlines.

Page of Wands Tarot card

26 month + 28 (28th of the month on Sunday October 28th, 2012) = 54 = his personal day = Messing with your mind.  Check this out.  Watch this.  Roll the tape.

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June 13, 2012                 10:39 p.m.

Matt Cain pitched the 22nd perfect game in major league history and first for the Giants, striking out a career-high 14 and getting help from two spectacular catches to beat the Houston Astros 10-0 on Wednesday night.
Cain’s 125-pitch masterpiece for San Francisco featured a pair of great plays by his corner outfielders. He got pinch-hitter Jason Castro on a grounder to third for his 27th and final out with the sellout crowd of 42,298 roaring.

It was the fifth no-hitter in the majors already this year and second perfect game. At a ballpark where Barry Bonds made home run history, Cain produced the signature moment for pitchers.

Left fielder Melky Cabrera chased down Chris Snyder’s one-out flyball in the sixth, scurrying back to make a leaping catch at the wall. Cain raised both arms and slapped his glove in delight when Cabrera made the play.

Then, right fielder Gregor Blanco ran into deep right-center to make a diving catch on the warning track and rob Jordan Schafer for the first out of the seventh. The 27-year-old pitcher hugged Blanco in the dugout after the inning.

“Those were unbelievable catches,” Cain said. “I mean that right there, that changes the whole thing.”

Phillip Humber of the Chicago White Sox tossed the majors’ last perfecto at Seattle on April 21. This is the second time in three years there have been two perfect games in the same season — before that, the only other time it happened was in 1880.

Cain (8-2) accomplished a feat even Hall of Famers Gaylord Perry and Juan Marichal couldn’t with this storied franchise.

Not since 1917 have there been five no-hitters in a season by mid-June. The only year that came close was 1990, when Fernando Valenzuela and Dave Stewart each pitched no-hitters on June 29 — the fourth and fifth of the season.

This year, Johan Santana tossed the New York Mets’ first no-hitter on June 1 and six Seattle pitchers shut down the Los Angeles Dodgers last Friday. Jered Weaver had one for the Los Angeles Angels on May 2.

The Astros were no-hit for the fifth time and first since Carlos Zambrano did so for the Cubs on Sept. 14, 2008.

The Giants made a big commitment to Cain this spring, locking him up for a long haul — and he showed exactly why general manager Brian Sabean has vowed to keep his talented pitchers. In a week when the city’s attention turned to golf and the U.S. Open, Cain delivered his most impressive gem yet in his 216th career start.

The 125 pitches were the most ever thrown in a perfect game.

The two-time All-Star who had long been the Giants starter who endured a lack of run support already was rewarded with a new $127.5 million, six-year contract in early April before the season started. This certainly meant as much or more to the homegrown pitcher.

Cain threw 86 of his pitches for strikes, faced just four full counts and still clocked 90 mph in the ninth. Cain followed up Madison Bumgarner’s 12-strikeout gem in Tuesday night’s 6-3 win.

It was the first no-hitter since departed left-hander Jonathan Sanchez pitched the Giants’ last one on July 10, 2009, against the Padres at AT&T Park.

The Astros were no-hit by the Giants for the second time. Marichal did it on June 15, 1963.

Ted Barrett became the first umpire to work behind the plate for two perfect games. He also worked David Cone’s 1999 perfecto.

Catcher Buster Posey rushed the mound as Cain raised his arm. His teammates jumped the dugout rail as the final out was made, a moment reminiscent of that improbable World Series championship in 2010 at Texas.

“I can’t thank Buster enough,” Cain said. “I didn’t even question once what he was calling.”

Cain’s wife, Chelsea, fought tears when shown in the stands as the celebration began, then made her way to the dugout for a congratulatory hug and kiss.

Cain had come close already this season — not once, but twice. In his second start of the year, in the team’s home opener April 13, he one-hit the Pirates in a 5-0 win, then allowed only two hits over nine innings in the Giants’ 11-inning, 1-0 win over Cliff Lee and the Phillies.

The Giants produced their first back-to-back 10-strikeout performances by one pitcher since 1978. On May 17, 1978, Vida Blue fanned 11 against the Cubs, then after an off day, John Montefusco struck out 10 at Los Angeles.

Cabrera, Brandon Belt and Blanco all hit two-run homers and the Giants produced an offensive outburst rarely seen at home this season and rarely seen on nights Cain has pitched.

On this night, he threw nine of his initial 11 pitches for strikes, commanding his repertoire with a dazzling fastball.

Cain, who hit one drive into McCovey Cove alongside U.S. Open golfer Dustin Johnson before the game to show off one of his other favorite pastimes, sat by himself in the dugout between innings.

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Matt Cain was born on October 1st, 1984 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Cain

October 1st, 1984

10 + 1 +1+9+8+4 = 33 = his life lesson = Putting on a good show.

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