Cain putting perfect thoughts aside

Cain putting perfect thoughts aside

SEATTLE -- Matt Cain isn't dwelling on becoming the next Johnny Vander Meer.

Every pitcher who throws a no-hitter -- or, in Cain's case, a perfect game -- approaches his next start laden with expectations of repeating the feat. Only one pitcher has accomplished that, and that was Vander Meer, who did so with Cincinnati in 1938.

Though Cain admitted that he'll go to the mound Monday against the Los Angeles Angels with the awareness that he retired 27 consecutive Houston Astros last Wednesday, he won't let those thoughts overwhelm him.

"It's in your mind, obviously," Cain said Sunday. "But I'm not going to think about that. It's a hard thing to duplicate."

Cain threw a season-high 125 pitches against the Astros, but he expects to be at full strength against the Angels.

"Same as normal," he said. "We don't get in the 120s that often, but we do it once in a while."

He last threw 125 pitches on Aug. 23, 2010, while working eight innings in an 11-2 victory over the Reds and exceeded 120 four other times that year. His 2011 high was a 118-pitch effort in a July 10 game against the Mets.