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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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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

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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

The Giants are considering moving Matt Cain to the bullpen, writes Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Something will have to give after the Giants acquired left-hander Matt Moore from the Rays on Thursday. The decision will come down to either Cain or Jake Peavy. No official decision has been made yet, but Nightengale hears that the current discussion has Peavy staying in the rotation.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 10:51:00 PM

Matt Cain tossed five shutout innings Sunday in the Giants' 3-1 defeat of the Nationals.

Cain walked four but didn't give up a single hit in the 93-pitch outing at AT&T Park. He struck out five. This wasn't the longest outing of the year for the veteran right-hander, but it might have been his best. And it also gave Cain his 100th career win. He stands 3-6 on the season with a 5.53 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 51/24 K/BB ratio through 70 innings. A rematch with the Nats is next.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 07:35:00 PM

Matt Cain allowed four runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings and launched a three-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

First, the good. Cain rapped a three-run homer in the second to extend on a pre-existing 1-0 advantage. It was his seventh career tater, first since 2012. Unfortunately, the pitching side of things was less than impressive. Cain surrendered two home runs, a solo shot to Joey Votto in the fourth and a two-run dinger to Adam Duvall with one out in the sixth. The latter knocked him out of the game. Cain will carry a rough 5.95 ERA and 1.55 WHIP into a home start against the Nationals next time he toes the rubber.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 01:37:00 AM

Matt Cain lasted only 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday, giving up five runs on six hits while striking out only one batter.

Cain's dismal season grows bleaker. All five runs rode home on the three homers he served up. His record falls to 1-6 as his ERA skyrockets to 5.88 in 59 2/3 innings. He lines up for two starts next week if his shell-shocked owners have the courage to use him.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 11:37:00 PM

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

Cain will return to the Giants' rotation Wednesday afternoon against the Red Sox. That's a tough matchup, and Cain has a 5.34 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 57 1/3 innings this year. He just missed five weeks with a hamstring strain.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 02:33:00 PM

Matt Cain (hamstring) has officially been cleared to rejoin the Giants' rotation on Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

Cain was hammered for nine runs over four innings in his lone rehab start, but he threw a bullpen session Sunday with no issues and is ready to go. He's not someone you want to rely on in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 03:10:00 PM