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Matt Cain
Birthdate: 10/1/1984 (32 y, 5 m, 29 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/230     Position: P
Drafted: 2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 25, Overall: 25, Team: San Francisco Giants
Contract: $127.5M / 5 Years (2013 - 2017) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Despite an 8.10 Cactus League ERA, Cain remains the favorite to win the Giants' fifth starter spot, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. (3/23/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: The Horse — which Baseball-Reference says is his nickname — might be headed to the proverbial glue factory soon. Cain was once a 200-inning guarantee, but he hasn’t reached 100 innings in any of the last three seasons. For years, Cain maintained a well-below-average home run-to-fly ball rate that allowed him to consistently outrun his ERA indicators. It seems like during all those years he was beating the league average HR/FB rate, the excess was being added to a tab to be repaid later. The bill started coming due in 2013 with an 11% mark and there’s been interest tacked on every year since: 14%, 15%, and 15%. Sky-high batting average on balls in play totals the last two seasons have only exacerbated the problem, yielding a 5.70 ERA in 150 innings. It’s hard to map out a path back to success for Cain. He almost certainly won’t ever be the 3.27 ERA guy he was from 2005-12, but even a sub-4.00 seems unrealistic at this juncture.(Paul Sporer)

The Quick Opinion: Cain was once of the league’s premier workhorses, posting a 3.38 ERA in an average of 209 innings per season from 2006-13, but injuries have decimated the latter portion of his career. After hitting the DL once in his first eight seasons, he has eight trips in his last three. I’d cross him off my list, if I were even going to put him on it.

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