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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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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

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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

Matt Cain (forearm) will return to the Giants' starting rotation on Thursday against the Marlins.

Cain had been lined up to make his 2015 regular-season debut on Friday, but the Giants need him to step up and take Tim Lincecum's spot. Lincecum is headed to the disabled list with a forearm bruise. Cain has been decent on his lengthy minor league rehab assignment and is worth a shot in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Jun 30 - 5:48 PM

Matt Cain (forearm) is on track to rejoin the Giants' rotation on July 3.

Cain holds a 4.61 ERA but a 15/3 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings in his first three rehab starts. The veteran right-hander is trying to pitch through a strained flexor tendon and isn't a great bet to make in through the season, but fantasy owners can probably roll with him as long as he's healthy. Go ahead and stash Cain away if he's on your waiver wire.
Jun 23 - 7:53 PM

Matt Cain (elbow) felt great after Saturday's outing with Triple-A Sacramento, but could require one additional rehab start before rejoining the Giants rotation.

Cain surrendered a pair of runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings against Triple-A Reno on Saturday, striking out six and walking none. Giving him an extra start to help rebuild his stamina will also allow the Giants to figure out their rotation, as they need to squeeze in Cain and Jake Peavy who is set to return this week.
Jun 21 - 7:22 PM

Matt Cain (elbow) will make his next minor league rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

Cain struggled in Monday's start, allowing three earned runs over 3 1/3 innings with Sacramento, though the Giants coaching staff came away impressed with his stuff. If he fares well in this outing, there's a chance that he could be cleared to rejoin the Giants rotation shortly after, though it's unclear whose spot he would be taking.
Jun 19 - 8:29 PM

Matt Cain (elbow) allowed four runs -- three earned -- over 3 1/3 innings Monday in a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento.

While the results weren't great, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he was encouraged by the reports on his stuff. He'll make at least one and possibly two more rehab starts before coming off the disabled list.
Jun 16 - 2:49 PM

Matt Cain (elbow) allowed two runs over 3 2/3 innings in his first rehab start with Double-A Richmond on Tuesday.

Cain struck out two while yielding three hits and a walk. He threw 36 of 55 pitches for strikes. Working his way back from a strained flexor tendon, Cain likely won't be activated until early next month.
Jun 9 - 7:53 PM

Matt Cain (elbow) is scheduled to throw around 50 pitches in his minor league rehab start with Double-A Richmond on Tuesday.

He'll continue to build up his pitch count from there with the expectation that he'll be ready to return to the Giants rotation in early July. He's attempting to pitch through a strained flexor tendon.
Jun 6 - 1:27 PM

Matt Cain (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Richmond on Tuesday.

Cain threw 42 pitches in an extended spring training game Wednesday and will build up his pitch count a bit more than that Tuesday. The Giants are expected to give him plenty of time during his rehab assignment, as he's not expected back until just before the All-Star break if all goes well. The veteran righty is trying to pitch through a strained flexor tendon.
Jun 5 - 4:29 PM

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C1Buster Posey
2Andrew Susac
3Hector Sanchez
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
SS1Brandon Crawford
2Ehire Adrianza
3B1Matt Duffy
LF1Nori Aoki
2Gregor Blanco
CF1Angel Pagan
RF1Hunter Pence
2Justin Maxwell
Starting Pitcher
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Matt Cain
3Mike Leake
4Jake Peavy
5Chris Heston
6Tim Lincecum
Relief Pitcher
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sergio Romo
3Jeremy Affeldt
4Javier Lopez
5Hunter Strickland
6George Kontos
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Ryan Vogelsong
9Tim Hudson