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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

An MRI on Matt Cain's right hamstring came back clean.

Cain was lifted from Monday's game against the Dodgers with tightness in his right hamstring, but the veteran starter is expected to take his next turn in the Giants' rotation this weekend against the Padres. He's been pretty good this year, but there are better streaming options in mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 25 - 7:54 PM

Matt Cain allowed two hits over six innings before leaving with hamstring tightness and combined with four relievers on a shutout of the Dodgers on Monday.

Cain is the Giants' savior right now, allowing a total of two runs in his last three starts. In the last two of those, the Giants have prevailed despite the offense scoring two and one runs. Cain shouldn't be picked up in mixed leagues, but he'll probably have some value in NL-only leagues, assuming that the injury isn't serious.
Apr 25 - 1:58 AM

Matt Cain departed Monday's start against the Dodgers with right hamstring tightness.

It's unclear when he first tweaked the hammy, but he was pulled after throwing warm-up pitches before the seventh inning. Cain also underwent an X-ray on his foot after he was hit by a comebacker earlier in the game, and it came back negative. He tossed six shutout frames before exiting. Consider Cain day-to-day.
Apr 25 - 1:24 AM

Matt Cain exited Monday's start against the Dodgers with an apparent injury.

Cain had thrown just 70 pitches across six shutout innings, but he was pulled after throwing some warm-up pitches prior to the seventh. He was hit in the foot with a comebacker earlier in the game, so perhaps his foot started getting sore. The Giants should update his status shortly.
Apr 25 - 12:06 AM

Matt Cain allowed one run and four hits over seven innings Tuesday against the Royals.

Expectations were very low for Cain two months ago and even lower after he struggled all spring, but he has a 3.31 ERA after three starts. His 12/8 K/BB ratio and 1.41 WHIP in 16 1/3 innings are less encouraging. It helps that the best offense he's faced to date is Arizona's (he drew San Diego in his first start).
Apr 19 - 12:52 AM

Matt Cain held the Diamondbacks to one run over five innings to pick up a win on Wednesday.

Cain struck out six in his first victory since last Aug. 6. He's still not inspiring a whole lot of confidence at the moment, but the Giants will be fine if he can just keep them in games for the most part.
Apr 13 - 2:09 AM

Matt Cain struggled in his season debut against the Padres on Friday, allowing four runs on six hits over his 4 1/3 innings.

The veteran right-hander also walked three while striking out three. Part of the damage against him was inflicted by a pair of solo home runs from Padres' leadoff hitter Manuel Margot. Cain barely beat out Ty Blach for the final spot in the Opening Day rotation, so a few more outings like this and he could be out of a job. He'll look to turn things around when he does battle against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Apr 7 - 9:45 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Friday that Matt Cain will occupy the fifth spot in the club's starting rotation.

That means Ty Blach, who had a much better spring than the veteran right-hander, will bide his time in the bullpen until a need arises. Cain registered a 7.82 ERA and 1.66 WHIP over 25 1/3 innings in Cactus League play. He isn't a recommended fantasy option, even in NL-only formats.
Mar 31 - 7:40 PM

Matt Cain allowed four earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Tuesday in a Cactus League start versus the Cubs.

Cubs minor leaguer Chesney Young hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Javier Baez had an RBI single in the sixth. Ian Happ then plated Baez with a ground-rule double, after Cain had departed. The veteran right-hander reached 99 pitches, but the results obviously weren't great. He holds a 7.84 ERA in this year's Cactus League.
Mar 28 - 6:24 PM

Matt Cain took his lumps Wednesday in the Giants’ Cactus League win over the Brewers, surrendering seven hits, four runs and one walk over five sluggish frames.

He ended the day with four strikeouts. Cain barely made it out of the first inning, allowing hits to Keon Broxton, Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana and Jesus Aguilar before mercifully inducing a Jett Bandy popup for the final out of the frame. The Brewers didn't score again until the fourth inning, but it was still a shaky outing for the veteran right-hander. Cain’s career has been in steady decline for several years now and he should be on a short leash in 2017.
Mar 22 - 8:12 PM

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