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Matt Cain

29-Year-Old Pitcher – San Francisco Giants

2014 Stats

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4.00

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1.22

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13

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2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Cain had a down year in 2013, as he finished the year with a 4.00 ERA and had career-lows in innings pitched (184.1), strikeouts (158), and home runs allowed (23). Many pointed to Cain historically ou...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 230   DOB: 10/1/1984   BORN: Dothan, AL   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Matt Cain Contract Information:

Signed a five-year $112.5 million extension with the Giants in April 2012. Includes club/vesting player option for 2018.

April 12, 2014  –  Matt Cain News

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Cain was the hard-luck loser Saturday, giving up one run on four hits while striking out eight in seven innings in a 1-0 loss to the Rockies. He also walked three.

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Matt Cain Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 19 A San 13 13 0 72.7 58 15 5 89 17 7 1 0 1.86 1.03
2004 19 AA NOR 15 15 0 86.0 73 32 7 72 40 6 4 0 3.35 1.31
2005 20 AAA FRE 26 26 0 145.7 118 71 22 176 73 10 5 0 4.39 1.31
2005 20 MAJ SFO 7 7 0 46.3 24 12 4 30 19 2 1 0 2.33 0.93
2006 21 MAJ SFO 32 31 1 190.7 157 88 18 179 87 13 12 0 4.15 1.28
2007 22 MAJ SFO 32 32 0 200.0 173 81 14 163 79 7 16 0 3.65 1.26
2008 23 MAJ SFO 34 34 1 217.7 206 91 19 186 91 8 14 0 3.76 1.36
2009 24 MAJ SFO 33 33 0 217.7 184 70 22 171 73 14 8 0 2.89 1.18
2010 25 MAJ SF 33 33 2 223.3 181 78 22 177 61 13 11 0 0 0 3.14 1.08
2011 26 MAJ SF 33 33 0 221.7 177 71 9 179 63 12 11 0 0 0 2.88 1.08
2012 27 MAJ SF 32 32 2 219.3 177 68 21 193 51 16 5 0 0 0 2.79 1.04
2013 28 MAJ SF 30 30 0 184.3 158 82 23 158 55 8 10 0 0 0 4.00 1.16
2014 29 MAJ SF 3 3 0 18.0 17 8 3 13 5 0 2 0 0 0 4.00 1.22
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Matt Cain
3-Year Averages MAJ   31 31 0 208.4 170 73 17 176 56 12 8 0 0 0 3.15 1.08
Career  (View All) MAJ   269 268 6 1,739.0 1454 649 155 1449 584 93 90 0 3.36 1.17

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Pitcher vs. Batter Stats

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Matt Cain Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 12 Col 7.0 4 1 1 0 3 8 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.00 1.22
Apr. 6 @LAD 6.0 6 5 5 3 0 3 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.73 1.36
Apr. 1 @Ari 5.0 7 3 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.60 1.80
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 6.0 IP/G
18.0 17 9 8 3 5 13 0 0 0 0-2 0 0 0 4.00 1.22
Last 30 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 6.0 IP/G
18.0 17 9 8 3 5 13 0 0 0 0-2 0 0 0 4.00 1.22
Last 60 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 6.0 IP/G
18.0 17 9 8 3 5 13 0 0 0 0-2 0 0 0 4.00 1.22

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Matt Cain Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20133397432651736.215
20124249434982219.257
20114619035771924.185

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201342184239315217.239
201245299177919212.191
201144689281002735.250

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201395.74808435114.701.28
2012110.78301011972.030.90
2011112.7650893242.801.06

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201388.74207420123.251.03
2012108.78209232143.561.18
2011109.0660903152.971.11
Matt Cain Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 19 A San 13 13 72.7 11.02 2.11 5.24 0.62 85.7% 1.86 2.35 .314
2004 19 AA NOR 15 15 86.0 7.53 4.19 1.80 0.73 76.4% 3.35 4.12 .279
2005 20 AAA FRE 26 26 145.7 10.87 4.51 2.41 1.36 71% 4.39 4.35 .290
2005 20 MAJ SFO 7 7 46.3 5.83 3.69 1.58 0.78 79.5% 2.33 4.30 .166
2006 21 MAJ SFO 32 31 190.7 8.45 4.11 2.06 0.85 0.74 69% 4.15 3.96 .279
2007 22 MAJ SFO 32 32 200.0 7.34 3.56 2.06 0.63 0.87 71.8% 3.65 3.70 .284
2008 23 MAJ SFO 34 34 217.7 7.69 3.76 2.04 0.79 0.66 74.1% 92.4 MPH 3.76 3.92 .304
2009 24 MAJ SFO 33 33 217.7 7.07 3.02 2.34 0.91 0.93 79.6% 92.6 MPH 2.89 3.98 .268
2010 25 MAJ SF 33 33 223.3 7.13 2.46 2.90 0.89 0.82 74.5% 91.6 MPH 3.14 3.77 .260
2011 26 MAJ SF 33 33 221.7 7.27 2.56 2.84 0.37 1.09 73.2% 91.2 MPH 2.88 3.09 .274
2012 27 MAJ SF 32 32 219.3 7.92 2.09 3.78 0.86 0.91 77.3% 91.2 MPH 2.79 3.51 .268
2013 28 MAJ SF 30 30 184.3 7.71 2.69 2.87 1.12 1.02 68.9% 91.2 MPH 4.00 4.08 .272
2014 29 MAJ SF 3 3 18.0 6.50 2.50 2.60 1.50 1.50 73.7% 91.2 MPH 4.00 4.76 .270
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Matt Cain
3-Year Averages MAJ   31 31 208.4 7.60 2.42 3.14 0.73 73.2% 3.15 3.38 .271
Career MAJ   269 268 1,739.0 7.50 3.02 2.48 0.80 73.8% 3.36 3.73 .273

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2014 Stat Review for Matt Cain    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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2.60 K/BB
WEAK
6.50 K/9
WEAK
2.50 BB/9
AVERAGE
91.2 MPH Fastball
AVERAGE
1.5 HR/9
TERRIBLE
1.50 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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4.00 ERA
WEAK
1.22 WHIP
GOOD
4.76 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.270 BABIP
LOW
73.7% Strand Rate
AVERAGE

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Matt Cain (by OPS against, min 17 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Jose Reyes TOR 20 10 1 6 4 2 0 .500 .950 1.550
David DeJesus TB 19 8 2 3 2 4 1 .421 .947 1.424
Ryan Ludwick CIN 22 8 3 6 3 6 1 .364 .818 1.263
Giancarlo Stanton MIA 17 5 3 5 4 5 0 .294 .824 1.252
Chase Utley PHI 27 9 4 8 1 3 3 .333 .815 1.194
Carlos Beltran NY-A 19 7 1 5 3 3 0 .368 .737 1.191
David Wright NY-N 25 11 0 3 1 4 0 .440 .680 1.180
Jimmy Rollins PHI 27 8 1 5 3 5 0 .296 .778 1.144
Adam Dunn CHI-A 20 6 2 3 3 6 1 .300 .700 1.091
Garrett Jones MIA 19 6 2 3 2 6 1 .316 .684 1.065

Best Matchups for Matt Cain (by OPS against, min 17 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Nyjer Morgan CLE 22 5 0 1 2 3 0 .227 .227 .519
Carlos Quentin SD 18 2 1 3 0 6 0 .111 .333 .444
Kevin Kouzmanoff TEX 29 4 0 1 2 6 0 .138 .172 .437
Skip Schumaker CIN 23 4 0 2 2 2 1 .174 .174 .414
Eric Young Jr. NY-N 18 2 0 1 3 6 0 .111 .111 .349
Carlos Gonzalez COL 44 4 0 2 7 17 1 .091 .091 .302
Seth Smith SD 26 2 0 2 2 2 0 .077 .115 .282
Kelly Johnson NY-A 32 4 0 0 1 7 2 .125 .125 .277
Jonathan Herrera BOS 23 2 0 2 1 2 0 .087 .087 .207
Clint Barmes PIT 18 1 0 2 0 4 0 .056 .111 .164

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Matt Cain: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Cain struggled again Sunday, giving up five runs (three homers) over six innings in the loss to the Dodgers.

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Cain failed to capitalize on an early four-run lead Tuesday, giving up seven hits, two walks and three runs over five innings in a no-decision loss to the D-Backs at Chase Field.

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Cain was roughed up for the first time this spring, surrendering seven runs on six hits and three walks over 2.2 innings Saturday.

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Cain pitched well in his spring debut, throwing three scoreless innings and two strikeouts against the Angels.

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Cain will not make his final start of the year Sunday, CSNBayArea.com reports.

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Cain was tagged with a loss Tuesday against the Giants despite allowing just two runs in seven innings. He had four strikeouts and three walks.

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Cain was dominant Wednesday, tossing 7.2-innings of shutout ball while striking out six against the Mets.

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Cain will have his workload reduced in the final few weeks of the regular season, CSN Bay Area reports.

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Cain allowed two runs over 6.1 innings and was the losing pitcher Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

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Cain (forearm) was officially activated from the DL and will start Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that Cain (forearm) will start Saturday against the Diamondbacks, Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Cain produced another typical season in 2012, producing a 2.79 ERA and a career-best walk rate of 2.1 BB/9. He improved his swinging-strike rate to a career-best 9.6 percent that helped to improve his strikeout rate to 7.9 K/9. Cain's defense independent pitching stats (DIPS) have never demonstrated his true pitching value since he has demonstrated an efficient skill in limiting his HR/FB ratio (6.8 percent career rate). Cain's average fastball velocity remained steady during the season (91.2 mph), and he should continue to be a strong option thanks to excellent ratios and an ability to shoulder a heavy workload.

2012

Cain has now turned in essentially the same strong season three years in a row, though the one outlier in 2011 was a huge drop in home runs allowed (nine). Heís always been tough to homer against, but his 3.7 percent HR/FB was a career low, and while thatís unsustainable, note his career mark is 6.5 percent. Cainís career BABIP is also .265, so barring a change in scenery, itís safe to ignore the fact his xFIP is always much higher than his ERA. Cain dealt with some arm trouble last year in spring training, and thereís some long-term concern about him having ďloose bodiesĒ in his elbow, but thereís little concern about his short-term durability, as heís averaged 220.0 innings over the past four years. Cain has yet to win 15 games in a season in his career, but if he remains a horse while pitching like he has recently, heíll approach 20 victories one of these years.

2011

Cain has been a remarkably similar pitcher over the past four seasons, though his 2.46 BB/9IP ratio last season was a personal-best. He's finished with a HR/FB ratio less than 8.5 percent during all six seasons he's been in the big leagues, and his career BABIP is just .274, so those who keep calling for his regression continue to be disappointed. He's now up to nearly 1,100 innings pitched in his career, so maybe Cain is an outlier in this respect. Despite not possessing overwhelming velocity (averaging 91.6 mph in 2010), Cain's fastball has been one of the best pitches in baseball over the past two years, thanks to a lot of movement and a deceptive delivery. Still just 26, Cain showed marked improvement after July ended last season, posting a 1.35 BB/9IPIP and an 8.00 K/9IPIP, and he also didnít allow a single earned run over 21.1 innings in the postseason, so a true breakout may yet be in store if that improved control carries over. He enters 2011 as the Giants' No. 2 starter, and after averaging 210.0 innings over the past five seasons since becoming a full-time starter, Cain is about as safe a fantasy pick as they come.

2010

Cain finished with a career-high 14 wins last season as well as a career-best 2.89 ERA and 1.181 WHIP. The results occurred with a poor, albeit improved, walk rate (3.02 BB/9IP) and a declining strikeout rate (7.07 K/9IP), so Cain is a tough pitcher to project moving forward. His ERA has been much better than his peripherals suggest it should be during all four of his seasons in the majors, so some big correction isnít necessarily in store, but itís worth noting he held batters to just a .161 BAA with runners in scoring position in 2009, including a .101 BAA with RISP and two outs, which simply isnít sustainable. He also finished last year with a .268 BABIP, but his career mark is .278, so thatís becoming more of a trend than a mirage. Ultimately, Cain is a good pitcher, both durable and capable of becoming truly great if he ever improves his control. After all, heís still just 25 years old. However, the declining strikeout rate is a concern, and it might be best not to overpay for last seasonís sparkling ERA based on his shaky underlying component stats.

2009

Cain's 2008 season was disappointing, as he finished 8-14 with a 3.76 ERA. The ERA wasn't bad, and the poor record obviously wasn't his fault, but Cain's 3.76 BB/9IP mark was the fifth worst in all of baseball, leaving him with a subpar 1.36 WHIP. His improved strikeout rate (7.69 K/9IP) was highly encouraging, but at this stage of his career, it's disappointing he's still having command problems. Cain really wore down after the All-Star break, which could be a result of him being among the league-leaders in pitches thrown. The velocity of his fastball has dipped a bit, and his secondary pitches havenít quite developed as hoped. It's possible a true breakout campaign is still in his future, but Cain is no longer San Francisco's ace.

2008

It's easy to forget Cain is only 23 years old as last year's 3.65 ERA and 1.260 WHIP can hardly be viewed as disappointing. He still battles control problems from time to time, and of some concern is that his strikeout rate dropped in 2007. Still, he fanned 67 batters in 70 innings over the season's final two months last year, finishing strong with a 2.96 ERA and 1.000 WHIP. Thanks to terrible run support, Cain was left with a 7-16 record, which could help him come at a discount in fantasy leagues. He has terrific stuff with the mechanics and body type to be a workhorse, and pitching in AT&T Park certainly helps as well. Run support figures to remain a problem, but Cain has big time upside, making him someone to target.

2007

Cain's rookie season was an inconsistent one, as his command often fluctuated from start to start. Still, he was baseball's best pitcher for a six-start stretch during August and September, allowing just one run over 42 innings (0.21 ERA), while fanning 43 batters, showing his enormous potential. Command is likely to remain an issue, given his 4.12 walks per nine innings, but Cain enters this year with the upside of a top-20 starter. Throwing in the pitcher-friendly NL West, Cain is definitely someone to target.

2006

One of the top ten prospects in the game, Cain's high-90s heat and power curve make him unhittable at times. Control problems have been a concern, and certainly were in his MLB debut. Get him, but know that his '06 line may not be that special, as he continues to work on the strike zone.

2005

Cain was promoted to Double-A Norwich in June after a great campaign at Single-A with the San Jose Giants, but he will likely require a few more seasons before he's ready for the big leagues.

2004

Elbow problems cut his season short, but the Giants' 2002 #1 pick got it together in instructional league and is set to jump to the Cal League to start 2004. High-school pitchers often take a while to reach the majors, usually because of injury or adjustments. Cain should be no different, so his name should only be called in leagues with extremely deep farm systems.

2003

Cain was drafted in the first round out of high school by the Giants (25th overall) in 2002. In his first taste of pro ball, he posted a 3.72 ERA in 19 innings in the Rookie league (20 K's, 11 walks, only one homer allowed, 1.24 WHIP). The Giants are high on him, but he's got a long way to go; he'll pitch somewhere in Single-A in 2003.