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18 Matt Cain SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/230 | Birthdate: 10/1/1984 | Birthplace: Dothan, AL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Francisco | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $20,833,333 | Owned/Started%: 75/8 | Average Draft Position: 55.35
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Matt Cain to see Dr. James Andrews


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Giants pitcher Matt Cain scheduled to get a second opinion on his injured elbow from Dr. James Andrews, 95.7 The Game reports.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that Cain's elbow wasn't improving and that he would likely undergo further testing. Out since July 9, Cain will wait and see what Dr. Andrews has to say before determining the next course of action.


Matt Cain not improving, likely to undergo more tests


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Saturday that pitcher Matt Cain is not improving and is likely to undergo further testing on his injured elbow, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Sabean did not indicate whether he expects Cain to pitch again this season, saying that it's up to the doctors. The Giants made a move to bolster the rotation in the absence of Cain, adding Jake Peavy from the Red Sox. Cain, who hasn't pitched since July 9, will see his streak of eight straight 30-start seasons end this year.


Matt Cain has no structural damage in elbow


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to right elbow inflammation, said his MRI showed no structural damage and the ligament is fine. Cain said he received a cortisone injection during the last homestand, but he has no timetable for his return.

Elbow injury lands Matt Cain on 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Giants announced Monday they placed starting pitcher Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. Yusmeiro Petit has been named as his replacement in the rotation.

Cain has been pitching better as of late, going 1-1 with a 1.86 ERA in his last three starts. However, he is 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA on the season.


Matt Cain dealing with 'cranky' elbow


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Giants pitcher Matt Cain is dealing with a "cranky" elbow, according to the Mercury News.

The club pushed his start back to Tuesday in order to give him more rest. Cain has had similar issues in recent years, but has been able to pitch through it. He has a 4.18 ERA over 90 1/3 innings. 


Giants reveal post-break rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Giants manager Bruce Bochy revealed his post-break pitching plans, MLB.com reports.

The Giants will roll with Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson and Tim Lincecum to open a three-game set in Miami. Ryan Vogelsong will take the mound Monday and Matt Cain on Tuesday against the Phillies in Philadelphia.


Matt Cain gives up two runs in win vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Giants pitcher Matt Cain earned a win Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and two walks in six innings while striking out four in his team's 5-2 victory over the A's.

Cain (2-7) finally picked up a win in his third straight quality start, surrendering just a solo home run in the fourth inning and a run on a single in the sixth. He's battled inconsistency in the first half but appears to be coming around entering the break, giving up just four earned runs in his last three starts. Cain owns a 4.18 ERA and 70:32 K:BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings.


Matt Cain loses again in quality start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Giants pitcher Matt Cain tossed the ball well Friday, but got little help in a 2-0 loss.

Cain's losing streak extended to four decisions Friday, but he did his part to end it. Cain limited the Padres to just two runs in 6 1/3 innings, while scattering seven hits. He also walked three batters while striking out six on 106 pitches in the loss.

Cain lowered his ERA to 4.27, though he also fell to 1-7 in the loss. He has not won since May 15, but will look to end that streak Wednesday against the Athletics.  


Bullpen can't make Matt Cain's lead stand up


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Giants pitcher Matt Cain was on his way to snapping his three-start losing streak Saturday against the Reds, but the bullpen could not hold on to the lead as the game headed to extras.

Cain turned in his best start in more than a month, as he handed the bullpen a 1-0 lead over seven shutout innings. He allowed six hits and a pair of walks in his seven innings of work, while striking out four batters on 99 pitches as he was forced to settle for a no-decision.

Cain is still just 1-6 on the season, but he did lower his ERA nearly a half run with Saturday's outing. He has a 4.38 ERA heading into his next start, which should come Friday in San Diego.  


Matt Cain continues to plummet in Fantasy rankings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) If you take a look at our Fantasy Baseball rankings, you will see I'm the least bullish on Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain. In fact, I dropped him to the 60th ranked starting pitcher.

I really wasn't high on Cain coming into the season, and he hasn't let down my expectations. Since the start of the 2013 season, Cain is 9-16 with a 4.23 ERA. I think Cain is at that point where Tim Lincecum began his career decline, but at Fantasy owners we still overvalued him in hopes of a bounce back. Lincecum is still useful in Fantasy, but he's not the must-start option of old. 

I actually see Cain making a run at some point because his strand rate right now is 63 percent, which is below his career rate (74.3) and the league average for starters (72.3), per FanGraphs.com. His xFIP is also 4.07, which indicates his ERA should be lower than 4.82.

But when Cain was at the top of his game, his swinging strike rate was above 9.0 percent. This season, it's at 8.5 percent, which was close to last season (8.6). Also, Cain is really getting hurt by home runs again. He posted a 1.1 HR/9 rate in 2013, which was then a career-worst. It's now up to 1.4 HR/9 this season.

Players I moved ahead of Cain in the rankings this week include Bartolo Colon, Jake Arrieta, Alex Wood, Kevin Gausman and Alfredo Simon.


Matt Cain surrenders six runs in third straight loss Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Giants pitcher Matt Cain struggled again in Monday's loss, giving up six earned runs on seven hits and one walk in 7 1/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 6-0 defeat against the Padres.

Cain (1-6) has recorded three straight losses while giving up 17 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings over his last three starts. After surrendering three runs in the fourth inning, Cain entered the eighth with a potential quality start in his pocket, but the Padres were able to score three more in the eighth, with all the runs being charged to the starter.

Cain owns a 4.82 ERA and 56:25 K:BB ratio in 71 innings after his recent rough patch. He's scheduled to take on the Reds Saturday.


Matt Cain's struggles become worrisome


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) When Matt Cain got off to a slow start this year, I wasn't too concerned. He did the same thing last year, after all, compiling a 5.43 ERA over his first nine starts only to perform like the pitcher you drafted him to be with a 3.38 ERA over his final 21.

But here he is in mid-June still getting blasted every other start. His home run rate has yet to normalize, and he continues to have sudden lapses in control.

As inexplicable collapses go, his isn't quite Justin Verlander's, but it's along the same lines. The Pitch F/X data says he's as good as ever, but the peripherals say it's not just a case of bad luck. Something is wrong -- maybe something subtle, like a mechanical flaw, but something that needs to be corrected for him to get back to pitching like we know he's capable.

Because he appeared to correct it last year, you wouldn't want to sell him short, but the uncertainty is reason enough to downgrade him. He's now outside my top 30 at starting pitcher, behind Sonny Gray, Corey Kluber, Garrett Richards and others who have proven to be more reliable this season.


Matt Cain hammered in loss vs. White Sox Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Giants pitcher Matt Cain was handed a loss Tuesday after giving up eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and one walk in five innings and striking out three in his team's 8-2 defeat against the White Sox.

Cain (1-5) has continued to be victimized by home runs, and his two home runs Tuesday give him four starts this season with multiple homers allowed. He's managed just one quality start in his last seven outings. Cain owns a 4.52 ERA and 49:24 K:BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to take on the Padres Monday.


Matt Cain walks five in loss vs. Nationals Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Giants pitcher Matt Cain was saddled with a loss Wednesday after giving up four earned runs on three hits and five walks in five innings and striking out four in his team's 6-2 defeat against the Nationals.

Cain (1-4) walked the first three batters of the game, and all three crossed home plate on a single and groundout. Cain then walked another batter before finally getting out of the first frame. He mostly settled down after that, but he was removed after throwing 102 pitches in five innings. Cain owns a 3.84 ERA and 46:23 K:BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the White Sox Tuesday.


Matt Cain solid, settles for no-decision in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Giants starter Matt Cain was in peak form in his return from a two week absence due to a hamstring injury Friday, in a 4-2 win over the Mets.

Cain opened the game with six shutout innings, and faced just two batters over the minimum over seven full innings thanks to some timely double players. He ended up allowing two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out three batters and racking up 11 of 21 outs via groundball.

Cain's injury was never considered a particularly serious one, but it was good to see the time off didn't knock him off his game. He had to settle for a no-decision despite the quality outing, and remains 1-3 with a 3.52 ERA heading into his next start, set for Wednesday against the Nationals. 


Matt Cain off the DL, ready to start Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) The Giants officially activated pitcher Matt Cain from the disabled list Friday, ahead of his return to the rotation against the Mets. Cain has been out due to a minor hamstring injury, but is back in the minimum amount of time after going on the DL.

Matt Cain set to return from disabled list Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Giants pitcher Matt Cain has been cleared to return from the disabled list Friday against the New York Mets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Cain was placed on the disabled list with a minor hamstring injury, and rather than have him pitch through the issue, the team opted to give a slight break to rest and recover. He's 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA and 39:17 K:BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings.


Matt Cain should be back from DL Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Giants starter Matt Cain was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury Friday, but the injury is not considered a serious one. In fact, since it is retroactive to May 22, Cain should be back in just a week.  

"If this were September, he probably would start," manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com. "We're going to take the safe route and wait a few more days until we're convinced that he's 100 percent over this."

Cain will end up missing two starts, after he was scratched from Saturday's start against the Cardinals. Bochy said he should be back from the disabled list in time to start Friday against the Mets. 


Matt Cain won't start Saturday, heading to DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain will miss his second start in a row Saturday against the Cardinals due to a hamstring injury, the team announced Friday.

Cain's injury is not considered a serious long-term issue, but it is enough of a question that the team wants to give him some extra time off. Yusmeiro Petit will start in his place, and the San Francisco Chronicle reports the team will recall a player from Triple-A, indicating a DL trip is on the way for Cain.

If that happens Cain could be on the DL just until his next turn in the rotation, since they can make the move retroactive to May 22. Manager Bruce Bochy said he needs to discuss that with general manager Brian Sabean first, however. 


Matt Cain's status for Saturday still up in the air


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Giants pitcher Matt Cain's status for a start Saturday will not be decided until the day before, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Thursday.

"He ran well," Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle after Cain ran and threw off flat ground Thursday. "We want to be sure, 100 percent."

The Giants are being cautious with Cain, given the nature of the injury, since he could re-aggravate it and end up missing more time if he requires a trip to the disabled list. The decision will be made Friday. 


Matt Cain fine for Saturday start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) What was expected is now official - Matt Cain is set to start Saturday in St. Louis.

The right-hander came out of a bullpen session fine Wednesday, which allowed the Giants to clear him. He has been dealing with a hamstring issue.


Matt Cain could rejoin rotation Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Giants manager Bruce Bochy told MLB Network Radio Tuesday starting pitcher Matt Cain (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday. If all goes well, then Cain will rejoin the rotation Saturday at St. Louis.

Manager: Matt Cain 'close' to returning to mound


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday starting pitcher Matt Cain is "doing a lot better" and "close" to returning to the mound, per MLB.com. Cain was scratched from Monday's start against the Cubs because of a strained right hamstring.

Matt Cain plays catch, feels better Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Giants pitcher Matt Cain played catch Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Cain said that his leg was feeling better every single day, but that he was unable to throw the way he wanted to in his bullpen session Saturday. He has been ruled out for Monday's scheduled start, so he'll prepare to potentially return to the mound later in the week.


Matt Cain to miss Monday's start with hamstring strain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after Saturday's win that pitcher Matt Cain will not make his scheduled start Monday against the Cubs, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Cain, who is dealing with a hamstring strain, cut his bullpen session short Saturday after feeling some discomfort in his leg. The Giants have no plans to place Cain on the disabled list, and if he recovers before his next scheduled start Saturday, the team could decide to slot him into the rotation earlier in the week. Yusmeiro Petit will fill in for Cain Monday.