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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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SeasonBases EmptyIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2005Bases Empty30.2- - -1191501333110024.139.218.241.211
2006Bases Empty113.2- - -479892258884403114.206.284.336.276
2007Bases Empty112.2- - -4881012351111114403100.229.303.379.303
2008Bases Empty119.0- - -5381212851010105600109.251.329.392.322
2009Bases Empty119.0- - -5261252051515154201100.259.319.414.323
2010Bases Empty132.2- - -5611222461212123403108.233.283.370.290
2011Bases Empty134.1- - -5441103236662801112.214.256.323.257
2012Bases Empty128.0- - -5361113031515153006121.222.274.384.287
2013Bases Empty115.1- - -469932031313132602101.211.258.358.272
2014Bases Empty54.2- - -23449111777180152.228.291.386.302
2015Bases Empty31.0- - -15244153555100225.314.368.571.400
2016Bases Empty48.1- - -22561111101010150441.296.356.505.368
TotalBases Empty1139.1- - -48711041236411151151153580261007.232.293.380.297

SeasonBases EmptyK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2005Bases Empty7.043.232.180.8820.2 %9.2 %10.9 %- - -0.85.148100.0 %3.804.46
2006Bases Empty9.033.482.590.6323.8 %9.2 %14.6 %- - -1.17.261100.0 %3.304.15
2007Bases Empty7.993.512.270.8820.5 %9.0 %11.5 %- - -1.29.273100.0 %3.994.50
2008Bases Empty8.244.241.950.7620.3 %10.4 %9.9 %- - -1.49.306100.0 %3.804.45
2009Bases Empty7.563.182.381.1319.0 %8.0 %11.0 %- - -1.40.299100.0 %4.144.11
2010Bases Empty7.332.313.180.8119.3 %6.1 %13.2 %- - -1.18.272100.0 %3.463.95
2011Bases Empty7.501.884.000.4020.6 %5.2 %15.4 %- - -1.03.262100.0 %2.593.46
2012Bases Empty8.512.114.031.0522.6 %5.6 %17.0 %- - -1.10.264100.0 %3.573.85
2013Bases Empty7.882.033.881.0121.5 %5.5 %16.0 %- - -1.03.245100.0 %3.493.60
2014Bases Empty8.562.962.891.1522.2 %7.7 %14.5 %- - -1.23.269100.0 %3.943.63
2015Bases Empty7.262.902.501.4516.5 %6.6 %9.9 %- - -1.74.355100.0 %4.784.87
2016Bases Empty7.632.792.731.8618.2 %6.7 %11.6 %- - -1.57.329100.0 %5.324.80
TotalBases Empty7.952.832.810.9120.7 %7.4 %13.3 %- - -1.23.275100.0 %3.664.05

SeasonBases EmptyGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2005Bases Empty0.5818.1 %30.1 %51.8 %9.3 %7.0 %0.0 %0.0 %40.5 %26.2 %33.3 %9.5 %64.3 %26.2 %472170302
2006Bases Empty0.8117.3 %37.1 %45.7 %16.1 %5.6 %6.0 %20.0 %37.1 %33.3 %29.6 %10.4 %64.5 %25.2 %19627281234
2007Bases Empty0.8114.7 %38.2 %47.1 %9.4 %6.9 %6.9 %0.0 %32.6 %37.5 %29.9 %15.5 %53.4 %31.1 %20017431258
2008Bases Empty0.8321.7 %35.6 %42.7 %10.8 %6.4 %9.9 %40.0 %33.5 %37.0 %29.5 %16.9 %56.6 %26.5 %20847221362
2009Bases Empty1.1019.2 %42.4 %38.4 %8.2 %10.3 %5.6 %66.7 %38.4 %35.3 %26.4 %18.0 %55.9 %26.1 %20917151376
2010Bases Empty0.9016.7 %39.3 %43.9 %17.1 %6.6 %4.9 %0.0 %37.5 %36.1 %26.4 %21.4 %47.6 %31.0 %22317771454
2011Bases Empty1.0221.0 %39.9 %39.1 %8.4 %3.9 %5.1 %16.7 %38.8 %36.6 %24.6 %20.7 %54.5 %24.9 %21167231393
2012Bases Empty0.8821.8 %36.6 %41.6 %12.1 %9.6 %4.3 %100.0 %35.1 %38.0 %26.9 %16.4 %53.8 %29.8 %20857051380
2013Bases Empty0.9722.3 %38.3 %39.5 %9.8 %9.8 %6.2 %0.0 %37.7 %35.6 %26.8 %14.7 %59.7 %25.6 %17996131186
2014Bases Empty1.2218.4 %44.8 %36.8 %5.0 %11.7 %2.7 %0.0 %41.1 %33.1 %25.8 %17.2 %57.7 %25.2 %938341597
2015Bases Empty0.8923.7 %36.0 %40.4 %8.7 %10.9 %9.8 %0.0 %35.7 %31.3 %33.0 %15.7 %47.8 %36.5 %569192377
2016Bases Empty0.9425.6 %36.0 %38.4 %17.5 %15.9 %5.1 %0.0 %35.8 %38.8 %25.5 %21.8 %50.9 %27.3 %898327571
TotalBases Empty0.9219.7 %38.4 %41.9 %11.4 %8.0 %5.8 %25.0 %36.7 %35.8 %27.6 %17.0 %55.3 %27.7 %19246675612490