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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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SeasonAway vs RIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2005Away vs R10.1- - -343001101009.091.125.100.105
2006Away vs R31.2- - -143346123215130233.266.350.456.351
2007Away vs R53.2- - -2103410016162170351.179.261.270.244
2008Away vs R49.0- - -2044313121193162355.232.307.370.297
2009Away vs R53.1- - -213389116164223247.201.294.328.276
2010Away vs R56.2- - -2335112320195150244.236.293.391.302
2011Away vs R50.0- - -2094714125222112446.242.304.369.294
2012Away vs R57.0- - -2203811221216110447.185.245.360.262
2013Away vs R47.1- - -19241502321890237.227.275.395.295
2014Away vs R23.0- - -9928411916660118.304.354.565.400
2015Away vs R18.2- - -8427801414650114.346.393.697.453
2016Away vs R18.2- - -7820401111340214.278.338.478.346
TotalAway vs R469.1- - -1919404961021019750130726415.229.296.390.300

SeasonAway vs RK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2005Away vs R7.840.879.000.0026.5 %2.9 %23.5 %.0910.39.12575.0 %1.572.90
2006Away vs R9.383.692.541.4223.1 %9.1 %14.0 %.2661.48.32261.9 %4.544.44
2007Away vs R8.552.853.000.3424.3 %8.1 %16.2 %.1790.95.23474.2 %2.943.98
2008Away vs R10.102.943.440.5527.0 %7.8 %19.1 %.2321.20.31570.9 %2.853.77
2009Away vs R7.933.712.140.6822.1 %10.3 %11.7 %.2011.13.24681.6 %3.664.11
2010Away vs R6.992.382.930.7918.9 %6.4 %12.4 %.2361.16.27578.7 %3.574.32
2011Away vs R8.281.984.180.3622.0 %5.3 %16.8 %.2421.16.30862.5 %2.613.69
2012Away vs R7.421.744.270.9521.4 %5.0 %16.4 %.1850.86.21171.8 %3.603.94
2013Away vs R7.041.714.111.5219.3 %4.7 %14.6 %.2271.06.24371.1 %4.383.91
2014Away vs R7.042.353.002.3518.2 %6.1 %12.1 %.3041.48.32460.2 %5.873.98
2015Away vs R6.752.412.802.8916.7 %6.0 %10.7 %.3461.71.36277.2 %6.784.42
2016Away vs R6.751.933.501.4518.0 %5.1 %12.8 %.2781.29.30968.8 %4.704.57
TotalAway vs R7.962.493.190.9621.6 %6.8 %14.9 %.2291.14.27371.4 %3.724.02

SeasonAway vs RGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2005Away vs R0.8018.2 %36.4 %45.5 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %33.3 %16.7 %50.0 %4.2 %75.0 %20.8 %1294287
2006Away vs R0.6817.8 %33.3 %48.9 %18.2 %11.4 %6.7 %20.0 %34.7 %29.5 %35.8 %6.3 %66.3 %27.4 %537181356
2007Away vs R0.7715.4 %36.8 %47.8 %18.5 %3.1 %10.0 %0.0 %36.7 %35.3 %28.1 %18.7 %54.7 %26.6 %835302533
2008Away vs R0.6318.8 %31.3 %50.0 %15.6 %4.7 %12.5 %0.0 %32.3 %36.2 %31.5 %26.9 %52.3 %20.8 %821270551
2009Away vs R0.9817.3 %41.0 %41.7 %8.6 %6.9 %1.8 %33.3 %33.1 %35.2 %31.7 %18.3 %57.0 %24.7 %797273524
2010Away vs R0.5718.8 %29.4 %51.8 %20.5 %5.7 %10.0 %0.0 %40.7 %36.1 %23.3 %22.1 %49.4 %28.5 %848290558
2011Away vs R0.7819.1 %35.5 %45.4 %9.4 %3.1 %8.0 %14.3 %36.5 %39.9 %23.7 %21.0 %57.4 %21.6 %828287541
2012Away vs R0.8519.2 %37.1 %43.7 %15.2 %9.1 %3.6 %14.3 %34.2 %41.1 %24.7 %17.1 %53.2 %29.8 %852298554
2013Away vs R0.8720.0 %37.1 %42.9 %15.0 %13.3 %7.7 %0.0 %36.1 %34.7 %29.2 %19.4 %53.5 %27.1 %683215468
2014Away vs R1.1120.3 %41.9 %37.8 %7.1 %21.4 %3.2 %0.0 %39.2 %32.4 %28.4 %18.9 %46.0 %35.1 %382133249
2015Away vs R0.9129.0 %33.9 %37.1 %0.0 %26.1 %4.8 %0.0 %42.2 %26.6 %31.3 %14.1 %40.6 %45.3 %314112202
2016Away vs R1.0022.8 %38.6 %38.6 %27.3 %13.6 %9.1 %100.0 %25.9 %39.7 %34.5 %19.0 %37.9 %43.1 %301106195
TotalAway vs R0.7919.2 %35.6 %45.2 %14.5 %8.4 %6.9 %13.2 %35.8 %35.5 %28.8 %18.7 %53.3 %28.0 %732725094818