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Matt Cain
Birthdate: 10/1/1984 (32 y, 5 m, 28 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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SeasonAwayIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2005Away20.01.8076100144160015.143.216.224.202
2006Away76.05.5734672154494712421472.240.346.449.344
2007Away91.13.843817219239395400485.214.308.333.291
2008Away97.13.8841410022144429323392.264.328.405.321
2009Away105.03.094309316436369373283.238.310.375.301
2010Away115.23.35472100256494312331387.229.291.404.304
2011Away109.02.974529024243365315690.217.286.329.271
2012Away108.23.5645496243474314320792.231.302.416.312
2013Away88.23.2535571111343212202374.214.267.366.278
2014Away43.14.78187478128238150233.277.342.479.361
2015Away33.06.271534410123238120322.319.386.588.412
2016Away31.05.8113535602020680426.285.356.500.365
TotalAway919.03.803855830180264163881013081541771.237.309.398.310

SeasonAwayK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2005Away6.752.702.500.4519.7 %7.9 %11.9 %.1430.80.16782.2 %3.074.28
2006Away8.534.971.711.4220.8 %12.1 %8.7 %.2401.50.27868.2 %5.125.09
2007Away8.383.942.130.4922.3 %10.5 %11.8 %.2141.23.27170.6 %3.544.35
2008Away8.512.962.880.8322.2 %7.7 %14.5 %.2641.36.32774.4 %3.524.04
2009Away7.113.172.240.7719.3 %8.6 %10.7 %.2381.24.28180.4 %3.744.08
2010Away6.772.572.640.9318.4 %7.0 %11.4 %.2291.15.26173.0 %3.864.19
2011Away7.432.562.900.4119.9 %6.9 %13.1 %.2171.11.26670.0 %2.993.96
2012Away7.622.652.881.1620.3 %7.1 %13.2 %.2311.18.26576.3 %4.154.19
2013Away7.512.033.701.2220.9 %5.6 %15.2 %.2141.03.24077.7 %3.923.70
2014Away6.853.122.201.6617.7 %8.0 %9.6 %.2771.43.30268.2 %5.194.13
2015Away6.003.271.832.1814.4 %7.8 %6.5 %.3191.70.33375.3 %6.325.18
2016Away7.552.323.251.7419.3 %5.9 %13.3 %.2851.39.31970.0 %5.154.62
TotalAway7.553.022.500.9920.0 %8.0 %12.0 %.2371.24.27773.5 %4.004.23

SeasonAwayGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2005Away0.6317.0 %32.1 %50.9 %0.0 %3.7 %0.0 %0.0 %36.4 %27.3 %36.4 %7.3 %65.5 %27.3 %291103188
2006Away0.7412.8 %37.2 %50.0 %15.6 %11.0 %7.4 %20.0 %39.5 %30.7 %29.8 %11.8 %62.7 %25.4 %1376514862
2007Away0.8615.9 %38.8 %45.3 %14.4 %4.5 %8.4 %14.3 %36.5 %35.7 %27.8 %17.9 %51.2 %31.0 %1543578965
2008Away0.7222.7 %32.3 %45.0 %11.8 %7.1 %9.9 %60.0 %33.1 %36.9 %30.0 %20.2 %54.7 %25.1 %16375521085
2009Away1.1218.0 %43.3 %38.7 %10.3 %7.8 %3.8 %25.0 %35.4 %37.0 %27.6 %18.8 %55.2 %26.0 %16335501083
2010Away0.7817.0 %36.4 %46.6 %17.6 %7.5 %6.5 %0.0 %39.5 %36.7 %23.8 %20.3 %50.4 %29.2 %17696171152
2011Away0.9017.8 %39.0 %43.2 %11.0 %3.7 %7.3 %12.5 %38.1 %37.5 %24.5 %23.5 %53.3 %23.2 %17896481141
2012Away0.9221.0 %37.9 %41.1 %12.6 %11.0 %5.1 %35.7 %35.6 %37.5 %26.9 %16.4 %52.9 %30.7 %17746321142
2013Away0.9721.8 %38.5 %39.7 %14.0 %12.0 %6.2 %16.7 %39.5 %32.2 %28.3 %15.9 %57.0 %27.1 %1331459872
2014Away1.2622.1 %43.4 %34.6 %10.6 %17.0 %3.4 %0.0 %40.9 %30.7 %28.5 %21.2 %51.1 %27.7 %713261452
2015Away0.8925.4 %35.1 %39.5 %6.7 %17.8 %7.5 %0.0 %37.1 %26.7 %36.2 %14.7 %45.7 %39.7 %563211352
2016Away0.9523.4 %37.2 %39.4 %16.2 %16.2 %8.6 %33.3 %39.2 %30.9 %29.9 %19.6 %42.3 %38.1 %550207343
TotalAway0.8819.1 %37.9 %42.9 %12.9 %8.9 %6.4 %21.6 %37.4 %34.8 %27.8 %18.2 %53.6 %28.2 %1496953329637