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Matt Cain | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (25) / SF
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Matt Cain was hammered for six runs - two earned - and six hits with a walk and just one strikeout over four innings in a loss against the Pirates on Monday.
Cain managed to throw just 44 of his 72 pitches for strikes, slipping to 3-9. His defense didn't help him much in this one, as Eduardo Nunez committed an error on a ground ball to put Cain behind the 8-ball in the second inning. He never was able to recover. It's uncertain if and when he'll make another start. Jul 25 - 5:42 AM

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Matt Cain allowed three runs on five hits over six innings while taking a no-decision in Wednesday's win over the Indians.

Cain struck out five and walked two in what was a respectable enough performance given that he entered the game holding a 5.56 ERA. Both runs on the veteran right-hander's line came in the third inning, when he surrendered RBI singles to Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez. Cain will next toe the rubber in a home start against the Pirates.
Jul 19 - 8:03 PM

Matt Cain will work out of the bullpen as a long-reliever with Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) set to return to the rotation.

"I've talked to Matty about his situation. He was good about it. He knows these things work out. He could be right back in the rotation," said manager Bruce Bochy. The Giants considered moving to a six-man rotation, but opted not to go in that direction. Cain, 32, has struggled to a 5.56 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 18 appearances (17 starts) this season.
Jul 12 - 8:35 PM

Matt Cain was replaced as the scheduled starter for Sunday's game against the Marlins by Johnny Cueto (ear).

Cain was originally expected to start the series finale at AT&T Park, but manager Bruce Bochy wanted Cueto to make the start rather than wait until after the All-Star break to get his next work in. Cueto was scratched from his last outing due to an ear infection. Cain might be available out of the bullpen Sunday, if needed.
Jul 9 - 3:07 AM

Matt Cain was charged with five runs in 6 1/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Tigers on Tuesday.

Cain gave up a solo shot to Victor Martinez in the second inning before the Tigers plated two more runs in the fourth. Giants manager Bruce Bochy tried to stretch him out to seven innings, but the plan ultimately backfired. The veteran right-hander fanned three and walked one in the loss. He’s winless dating back to May 15 and owns a 5.58 ERA and 1.68 WHIP through 17 starts on the year. He’s not a fantasy option at this point.
Jul 4 - 4:11 PM

Matt Cain allowed three earned runs, six hits and three walks with three strikeouts across six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Rockies.

Cain posted his first quality start in six outings dating back to May 26, but he still hasn't won since May 15. He'll look to get back into the win column in his next scheduled start Tuesday afternoon in Detroit before a second outing next week against Miami. As a two-start pitcher he might be worth streaming in NL-only play.
Jun 28 - 3:51 AM

Matt Cain allowed seven runs on 10 hits -- including three home runs -- over four innings in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

Thursday was the sixth time in his last 10 starts that Cain has allowed nine or more hits, and he's now given up 12 homers in 15 starts overall. On May 15, Cain was 3-1 with a 4.04 ERA; through Thursday, the right-hander is 3-7 with a 5.54 ERA. This is simply a case of time catching up to the 32-year-old. The Giants are still paying him $21 million this season, though, and with few hopes for postseason play the team doesn't need to find a better option if one isn't readily available. The Rockies are the next team with a chance to feed on Cain when the two sides meet up Tuesday.
Jun 23 - 1:14 AM

Matt Cain gave up two runs -- one earned -- in five innings and was charged with a loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

He surrendered nine hits and two walks while notching three strikeouts. He allowed a ton of contact but was able to keep the ball in the yard. Cain owns a weak 46/32 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 74 innings this season. He falls to 3-6 with a 4.99 ERA and woeful 1.69 WHIP after 14 starts.
Jun 17 - 6:35 PM

Matt Cain surrendered five runs and 10 hits in five innings Tuesday in a loss to the Brewers.

Cain hasn't been able to maintain his strong April performance, going 1-5 with a 6.75 ERA in his last seven starts. He has a 20/18 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings during that span. If the Giants were in contention and had a healthy Madison Bumgarner, they might have been willing to move on from Cain at this point. As is, they don't have any great reason to make a change until Bumgarner returns or someone in the minors starts banging down the door.
Jun 6 - 10:34 PM

Matt Cain allowed two runs - one earned - with seven hits and a walk over seven innings in a loss against the Braves on Friday.

Cain threw 64 of his 92 pitches for strikes while recording three punchouts. After an impressive 2-0 record with a 2.30 ERA in five April starts he has stumbled to a 1-3 mark and 6.59 ERA in five outings in the month of May. Walks have done him in so far in May, as he has 15 walks with just 14 strikeouts across 27 1/3 innings.
May 27 - 2:33 AM

Matt Cain was shelled for seven earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Cain gave up four runs in the bottom of the second on two singles, a double, a walk, and a sacrifice fly. He walked three and surrendered nine total hits, including a two-run homer to Matt Carpenter in the bottom of the fifth. The veteran right-hander will carry a 4.91 ERA into his next start at home versus the Braves.
May 21 - 6:14 PM

Matt Cain held the Dodgers to one run in 6 2/3 innings to win Monday night.

It's safe to say Giants fans would have been feeling pretty good about things had they'd known the team would go 5-3 in Cain's first eight starts this year. Unfortunately, the Giants are 11-21 the rest of the time. We wouldn't trust Cain in mixed leagues, but he's been really solid in going 3-1 with a 4.04 ERA. He's allowed one or no runs five times.
May 16 - 2:08 AM

Matt Cain yielded three runs -- two earned -- over five innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Mets.

San Francisco won the game with a big ninth-inning rally. Cain walked two and surrendered four hits, including a Jay Bruce solo homer in the bottom of the third inning. He struck out three. The veteran right-hander will carry a 4.54 ERA and 1.51 WHIP into his next start at home versus the rival Dodgers.
May 10 - 4:50 PM

Matt Cain was obliterated in Friday's loss to the Reds, allowing nine runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Cain also issued six walks in the horrifying effort while striking out two. What's impressive, is that the Reds were able to do so much damage against him without the benefit of a home run. The veteran right-hander had sported a tidy 2.30 ERA and 1.17 WHIP heading into Friday's start but will leave with a 4.70 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. He remains an unappealing fantasy option for Wednesday's matchup against the Mets in New York.
May 5 - 11:54 PM

Matt Cain allowed one earned run, six hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Saturday against San Diego.

Cain threw 57 of his 86 pitches for strikes before giving way to Chris Stratton and Neil Ramirez, two relievers who were pounded for a total of 11 runs while recording just six total outs. The good news is Cain did not show any ill effects of the right hamstring injury which ended his last start prematurely.
Apr 30 - 1:38 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Nick Hundley
1B1Brandon Belt
2Michael Morse
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
3Miguel Gomez
SS1Brandon Crawford
3B1Conor Gillaspie
LF1Austin Slater
2Jarrett Parker
CF1Denard Span
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Hunter Pence
2Carlos Moncrief
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Matt Moore
5Matt Cain
6Ty Blach
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Sam Dyson
3Hunter Strickland
4George Kontos
5Cory Gearrin
6Josh Osich
7Albert Suarez
8Kyle Crick
9Chris Stratton
10Will Smith