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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 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. Sep 4 - 1:28 PM

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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.
Sep 1 - 1:59 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.
Aug 16 - 4:24 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.
Aug 14 - 5:47 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.
Aug 3 - 9:44 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.
Aug 1 - 1:48 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.
Jul 25 - 5:42 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.
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

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