Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced on Monday that Matt Cain will be the team’s opening day starter April 1 against the Dodgers.
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Tim Lincecum has gotten the opening day nod the last four seasons, but Cain (16-5, 2.79 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) was the Giants’ most reliable pitcher in the rotation last season, starting each of the team’s series clinching wins in the playoffs last season and also throwing a perfect game.
But Bochy, like a proud father who doesn’t want to pick a favorite child, said any one of his starting pitchers was capable to take on the No. 1 role. From Andrew Baggarly:
“Every one of them can be an opening-day guy,” Bochy said. “I really feel that way. I’m not just saying it to say it. Timmy has done it, Z has done it, (Madison) Bumgarner is someone who can, and (Ryan) Vogelsong, you just look at the way he threw for us in the playoffs.
“That’s why I don’t get caught in numbers. We don’t look at any of th