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Matt Cain | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (33) / 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 held the Padres scoreless for five innings in the final start of his career Saturday, but he ultimately settled for a no-decision.
He surrendered just a pair of singles and a walk while striking out four in the brief but effective start. While Cain has faded significantly in recent years while dealing with injuries, it was a nice way to finish his career in front of the home crowd. He'll finish the year with a 5.43 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 27 games (23 starts), but Giants fans will remember him most for the good times. He'll wrap up his career with a 3.68 ERA and 104 wins. Sat, Sep 30, 2017 07:25:00 PM

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Matt Cain announced Wednesday that he plans to retire after this season.

Cain will make one more start in a Giants uniform on Saturday against the Padres. He's hanging it up at age 32 (soon to be 33), having spent all 13 of his major league seasons with San Francisco. The three-time National League All-Star holds a career 3.69 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 2,080 2/3 innings. Cain also has three World Series rings, though he did not pitch in the 2014 postseason.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 02:45:00 PM

Matt Cain will start for the Giants on Saturday against the Padres.

It will be the first start for Cain since August 31 and it figures to be his final appearance in a Giants uniform. The 32-year-old right-hander holds a $21 million club option for 2018, but there is no prayer of that getting exercised given that Cain is sitting on a 5.66 ERA and 1.70 WHIP through 119 1/3 innings this season. He'll receive a nice $7.5 million buyout instead.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 09:19:00 PM

Matt Cain has left the Giants due to attend to a family matter.

Cain, who last started on Thursday, is expected to miss the entire three-game series against the Rockies and perhaps the remainder of the road trip.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 01:28:00 PM

Matt Cain pitched fairly well in a spot start against the Cardinals on Thursday, allowing two runs on seven hits over his five innings of work.

The veteran right-hander struck out two and didn't walk a batter. He was pressed into emergency duty after Madison Bumgarner was scratched due to illness. The only damage against him came on a two-run shot by Randal Grichuk in the second inning. He'll now head back to his long relief role in the bullpen.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 01:59:00 AM

Matt Cain yielded five runs -- two earned -- over four innings Wednesday in a loss to the Marlins.

Cain struck out seven batters and issued just one walk, but his defense let him down as he fell to 3-10 on the year. The veteran right-hander is expected to slide back into a long relief role for the stretch run.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 04:24:00 PM

Matt Cain will start Wednesday in Miami.

The Giants needed a starter after a rainout last weekend. Cain will head back to long relief after the outing and can be ignored for fantasy purposes.
Mon, Aug 14, 2017 05:47:00 PM

The Giants are moving Matt Cain back to the bullpen.

He's losing his spot to Chris Stratton. It's the second time this year Cain has been removed from the starting rotation. A perennial Cy Young contender during his prime, the 32-year-old doesn't have much left in the tank.
Thu, Aug 3, 2017 09:44:00 PM

Matt Cain allowed two runs over five innings Monday in a no-decision against the A's.

He allowed seven hits, walked three and struck out just one. Cain's rotation status remains shaky, especially since the Giants declined to trade Johnny Cueto or Jeff Samardzija. The Giants would love to see him go out in style in what will probably be his final year with the team, but it remains to be seen whether it will materialize.
Tue, Aug 1, 2017 01:48:00 AM

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.
Tue, Jul 25, 2017 05:42:00 AM

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.
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 08:03:00 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.
Wed, Jul 12, 2017 08:35:00 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.
Sun, Jul 9, 2017 03:07:00 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.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 04:11:00 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.
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 03:51:00 AM

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