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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 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

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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

Matt Cain was hit hard in a losing effort against the Rockies on Friday, surrendering three runs on nine hits in his 4 2/3 innings of work.

The veteran right-hander punched out five and didn't walk a batter in the contest. Cain has struggled mightily in Cactus League play, compiling an 8.40 ERA over 15 innings of work. He's slated to enter the season as the club's fifth starter but is a poor bet for even the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Mar 17 - 11:59 PM

Matt Cain went 3 1/3 innings and gave up two runs in his start against the split-squad Indians on Monday.

The veteran right-hander gave up two hits and walked one while striking out a pair. The second run scored after he was replaced by fellow fifth starter-hopeful Ty Blach. While Blach allowed the inherited runner to score, he wasn’t charged with a run in his 2 2/3 innings of work. Blach could make things interesting here, but Cain figures to have the edge for the fifth spot in the rotation, at least to begin the year. That's assuming Cain makes it through the spring healthy.
Mar 6 - 5:54 PM

Matt Cain yielded three runs on five hits over two innings in Wednesday's Cactus League loss to the Dodgers.

Cain put in a scoreless first inning, but matters went south for him when the Dodgers burned him for a trio of runs in the second. In four innings of work this spring, the 32-year-old right-hander has allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits. He will need to pitch better than this if he wants to grab a spot in the rotation out of spring training. Ty Blach or Albert Suarez could push Cain if he doesn't tighten things up soon.
Mar 1 - 11:09 PM

Matt Cain surrendered two runs (one earned) on three hits in two innings during Saturday's Cactus League win over the Cubs.

Cain is in a competition for the final spot in the Giants' rotation. If he pitches respectably this spring, that job is most likely his. The veteran has posted ERA's north of 5.00 each of the past two seasons and has not held an earned run mark under 4.00 since 2012. He is past the point of fantasy intrigue.
Feb 25 - 7:04 PM

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Friday that there will be a competition for the fifth spot in the rotation, but "in a perfect world Matt Cain would be Matt Cain and take that spot."

This is wishful thinking, of course, as Cain holds a 5.70 ERA over the last two seasons and has had trouble staying healthy. He's set to make $21 million in 2017, which is the only reason he's the favorite for the No. 5 spot. Ty Blach has the best chance to unseat Cain, whether it be in spring training or during the season.
Feb 10 - 1:34 PM

Giants general manager Bobby Evans told reporters that Matt Cain will have an opportunity to earn back a rotation spot next spring.

Ty Blach looks like Cain's primary competition, though there could obviously be additions to the mix this offseason. Cain posted a 5.64 ERA and 1.51 WHIP across 89 1/3 innings in 2016 and finished the year in a long relief role. The veteran right-hander isn't someone to bet on in fantasy leagues for 2017.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 03:17:00 PM

Giants activated RHP Matt Cain from the 15-day disabled list.

Cain is over his back injury but will be used out of the bullpen down the stretch. He's put up an ugly 5.80 ERA since the beginning of 2015. Albert Suarez is taking Cain's spot in the Giants' rotation.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 11:05:00 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that Matt Cain will work out of the bullpen initially when he returns from the disabled list on Friday.

Bochy noted that Cain struggled with his command and that his ball was up in his latest minor league rehab start, so they'll roll with Albert Suarez for at least one more start. Neither right-hander makes for a very appealing fantasy option.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 07:17:00 PM

Matt Cain (back) is on track to start Friday against the Cubs.

Cain was blasted for four runs on 10 hits and two walks over five innings in a rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Sacramento, but he'll rejoin the Giants rotation later this week as long as he feels healthy. The veteran righty has posted a 5.81 ERA over 17 starts this season.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 12:02:00 PM

Giants placed RHP Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower back.

It's Cain's third DL stint of the season. The Giants don't need a fifth starter until September and Cain could be back by then. The Giants are probably better off without Cain, who is only 4-8 with a miserable 5.81 ERA. Reliever Cory Gearrin was activated in the corresponding roster move.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 08:02:00 PM

Matt Cain struggled in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates, surrendering six runs on three hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Cain struck out four and walked three on the afternoon. All six of the runs on his line scored in the fifth inning, keyed by a bases loaded walk to Erik Fryer and a two-run home run by the still-kicking Andrew McCutchen. Wednesday's struggles are nothing new for Cain. He holds a 5.81 ERA and 1.55 overall. A road date with the rival Dodgers shows next on his schedule. That series could have major implications for the top of the NL West standings.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 10:31:00 PM

Matt Cain was tagged for five runs and 11 hits in four-plus innings Friday by the Orioles.

Manager Bruce Bochy could have pulled Cain after four, but he let him give up a homer to Chris Davis to start the fifth and then went out to get him. Cain had pitched 10 scoreless innings his previous two times out, so he might be safe for now. Still, he doesn't have a whole lot of margin for error.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 01:41:00 AM

Matt Cain tossed five innings of shutout baseball to earn a win as the Giants beat the Nationals 7-1 on Saturday.

He allowed five hits and issued three free passes while striking out four on the night. It took him 95 pitches to get through five frames. The win boosts his record to 4-6 with a 5.16 ERA after 15 starts. Cain is no longer the durable ace he was for the better part of a decade. He is a risky play even in his pitcher-friendly home ballpark. The risk paid off today.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 11:06:00 PM

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