Houston moved to the American League and got off a terrific start, beating Texas in the major league opener. Reality quickly set in, however. Their next time out, the overmatched Astros came within one out of having Yu Darvish throw a perfect game against them.
Much harder to figure, Matt Cain and the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
A year ago, Cain pitched a perfect game. This year, he had one start when he gave up nine runs in an inning, another start when he permitted nine hits in an inning and, earlier this week, he was chased in the first inning.
Added up, the pitching-rich Giants fell far below the break-even point as the All-Star neared.
"For the way we think we are as a group and the team that we are, we feel like this is really, really funky," Cain said.
AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley contributed to this report.
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