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Matt Cain | Starting Pitcher

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team is still deciding whether Matt Cain will make his next start.
Tim Hudson is the most likely candidate to take Cain's spot, if Cain is indeed removed from the rotation. The right-hander owns a 6.15 ERA and 1.58 WHIP through 10 starts. Cain is signed through the 2017 season with a $7.5 million buyout for 2018. Aug 26 - 9:36 PM
Source: CSN Bay Area

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Matt Cain lost to the Cubs on Tuesday, surrendering six runs in five innings of work.

Cain allowed a well-struck three-run home run to Kyle Schwarber in the third inning, and Miguel Montero followed up in the fourth with a two-run shot of his own. They were two of eight hits the right-hander gave up along with two walks and three strikeouts. Cain now has 10 starts since making his season debut on July 2 and the results are ugly: he carries a 6.15 ERA with a 1.58 WHIP and a 38/17 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings. He'll try to turn things around with a home start versus the Cardinals.
Aug 26 - 1:50 AM

Matt Cain pitched six innings of two-run ball and struck out six Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Cain exited with a one-run lead, but it was gone in a flash. Still, it was a strong outing for him against a top team. Unfortunately, it's just his third quality start and fourth time he's lasted six innings in nine starts since he returned from the disabled list. At least it'll help solidify his spot in the rotation for now.
Aug 19 - 11:15 PM

The Giants have yet to officially list a scheduled starter for Wednesday's game in St. Louis.

It had been Matt Cain's spot, but it's possible the veteran will be booted from the rotation following four straight poor outings. Mike Leake (hamstring) will rejoin the rotation on Tuesday, and Ryan Vogelsong has out-pitched Cain of late. More should be known on Cain's status soon.
Aug 16 - 3:31 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was noncommittal Saturday when asked if Matt Cain will remain in the starting rotation.

Mike Leake and Tim Hudson are close to returning from the disabled list and the Giants don't want to send impressive left-hander Josh Osich back to the minor leagues. Leake is scheduled to return Tuesday so the Giants have to make a decision soon. Cain has struggled over his last four starts, going 0-2 with a disappointing 8.24 ERA over that span. The 30-year-old hasn't been a useful fantasy contributor since 2012.
Aug 15 - 8:10 PM

Matt Cain surrendered five runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Nationals on Friday.

Cain walked one and struck out three on the night. The Giants had staked him to an early 6-1 lead, but he couldn't stick around long enough to earn his third victory. Cain now owns a troublesome 6.05 ERA and 1.58 WHIP on the season, and could be in danger of losing his spot in the Giants rotation when Tim Hudson is ready to return. He'll try to right the ship on Wednesday against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Aug 15 - 1:47 AM

Matt Cain surrendered five earned runs over four innings Saturday in a loss to the Cubs.

Cain walked five and allowed six hits, including a third-inning Kris Bryant home run. He's looked shaky for the most part since returning in early July from a flexor tendon strain in his right arm. A home start against the Nationals is next.
Aug 8 - 7:26 PM

Matt Cain took a no-decision after yielding four runs in five innings to the Braves in a 12-inning loss on Monday.

The Braves put 12 runners on base against Cain on 10 hits, a walk, and a hit batsman. All four runs scored in the bottom of the sixth, when Cain allowed two singles, a three-run home run, and a double before departing with no outs. The right-hander recorded only one strikeout on the evening. Cain has been inconsistent in his first six starts, owning a 4.91 ERA with a 1.45 WHIP and a 24/8 K/BB ratio over 33 innings. He'll look for better results at Wrigley Field versus the Cubs in his next start.
Aug 3 - 11:23 PM

Matt Cain yielded four runs in six innings, taking the loss on Tuesday versus the Brewers.

The Brewers jumped on him for two runs in the first inning, then tacked on single runs in the third and fourth. Cain allowed eight hits overall, walked none, and struck out three. He's alternated good and bad starts since making his season debut on July 2, carrying a 4.50 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP and a 23/7 K/BB ratio in 28 innings. If the pattern holds, Cain is on track for good fortune in Atlanta against the Braves in his next start.
Jul 29 - 12:57 AM

Matt Cain held the Padres to one run over six innings to earn the victory in the Giants' 7-1 win Wednesday.

Cain has now alternated good and not-so-good starts since being activated from the disabled list on July 2. On Wednesday, the right-hander scattered five hits and a walk, yielding only a Jedd Gyorko solo homer on the afternoon. Cain also struck out six in the outing. He's now 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA through four starts. He'll look to improve on those numbers Tuesday against the Brewers.
Jul 22 - 7:06 PM

Matt Cain was lifted after giving up four runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks.

Cain struck out five and walked none, but he gave up eight hits, including a homer to Chris Owings. With his velocity down just a tad, his fastball is getting pounded every time he fails to put it in the perfect spot. He should get better as his command improves following the long layoff, but it doesn't seem likely that he'll start to dominate.
Jul 18 - 1:55 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Thursday that Matt Cain, Jake Peavy and Madison Bumgarner would start the first three games out of the All-Star break against the Diamondbacks.

The 30-year-old right-hander struggled in his first start back from the disabled list, but fired six shutout innings against the Mets his last time out. He's certainly worth a look in deeper mixed leagues where he may be available.
Jul 16 - 8:17 PM

Matt Cain kept the Mets off the board over six innings, earning the win on Tuesday.

Cain only allowed two hits and two walks while striking out seven in a dominating performance. It was a much improved showing from his 2015 season debut on Thursday. Cain won't pitch again until the second half begins, in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.
Jul 8 - 1:18 AM

Matt Cain struggled in his first start of the 2015 season, allowing five runs on seven hits over five innings in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins.

Cain sat out the first three months of the season with a flexor tendon strain in his right arm. The rust showed. The fourth inning was particularly rough for the 30-year-old right-hander, who served up two homers in the frame, including a solo shot to opposing pitcher Jose Fernandez. Cain also walked four against just two strikeouts in the contest. None of this is good, but Cain should be rostered in most mixed league formats. In his career, he has posted ERA marks higher than 4.00 just three times in ten seasons (2006, 2013, 2014). He'll face the Mets in a home start next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 2 - 2:57 PM

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

Cain will make his 2015 regular-season debut Thursday in the Giants' series finale against the Marlins after missing three months with a flexor tendon strain in his right arm. The veteran right-hander pitched pretty well on his minor league rehab tour and is worth owning in most mixed fantasy leagues. Tim Lincecum (forearm) was placed on the disabled list Thursday in a corresponding roster move.
Jul 2 - 8:45 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Andrew Susac
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
SS1Brandon Crawford
2Ehire Adrianza
3B1Matt Duffy
LF1Marlon Byrd
2Juan Perez
CF1Angel Pagan
2Gregor Blanco
RF1Hunter Pence
2Nori Aoki
3Justin Maxwell
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Matt Cain
3Mike Leake
4Jake Peavy
5Tim Lincecum
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sergio Romo
3Jeremy Affeldt
4Javier Lopez
5Hunter Strickland
6George Kontos
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Ryan Vogelsong
9Tim Hudson
10Josh Osich
11Michael Broadway