How to describe a season that includes an All-Star Game start, a career-best 2.79 ERA and 193 strikeouts, a five-year extension worth a guaranteed $112.5 million – and lest anyone forget, the first perfect game in the Giants' 129-year existence?

"It's a good overall season, but it's not something I want to be sitting on," Matt Cain said Monday night. "I want a good bit of starts in the postseason."

Cain will set the tone for what the Giants hope will be another deep and memorable run. He'll take the mound for the NL West champions in Game 1 of an NL Division Series, now assuredly to take place Saturday at AT&T Park.