Matt Cain SP SF 4 hours ago

Cain (0-4) was lit up for eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits over four innings Thursday en route to a 17-7 loss to the Rockies.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Apparently, the Rockies brought a slice of Coors Field with them to San Francisco, as both offenses were raking like we usually only see in Colorado. Of course, facing Cain is kind of like hitting at Coors, as the league has put up a ridiculous 44 hits and 27 earned runs on Cain in 31 innings spanning his first six starts of the year. There's essentially no fantasy format where he can be trusted at this point in his career; the best way to make use of Cain is by stacking hitters against him in DFS.

Matt Cain SP SF 5 days ago

Cain (0-3) surrendered seven hits, six earned runs and a walk over six innings in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Mets. He struck out five.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran righty's struggles continued, and he's now surrendered 10 earned runs over his last 11.2 innings of work. Cain gave up multiple homers for the first time this season, while also setting a new high-water mark in pitch count (108). He continues to give up fly balls at an elevated rate, which has him constantly flirting with disaster when on the mound. The 31-year-old will try once more for his first victory of the season in his Thursday start versus the Rockies.

Matt Cain SP SF 2 weeks ago

Cain allowed four runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out for over 5.2 innings, but received no decision Sunday against the Marlins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cain left the game with a two-run deficit, but the offense picked him up with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take him off the hook for a possible loss. After recording a quality start in his first outing, he's now allowed 13 runs in 15 innings over his last three appearances to raise his ERA to 6.43.

Matt Cain SP SF 2 weeks ago

Cain (0-2) gave up three earned runs on five hits over 4.2 innings pitched, with four walks and only two strikeouts in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cain failed to get out of fifth inning for the second straight start, although control problems were to blame this time after he simply got spanked around at Coors Field in his previous outing. The once-excellent veteran owns a 4-13 record since the start of the 2014 campaign, as injuries have led to a massive drop-off in effectiveness. He's done a poor job of eating innings as a bottom-of-the-rotation arm early on, but Sunday's matchup with the Marlins will offer a chance to right the ship.

Matt Cain SP SF 3 weeks ago

Cain was rocked for six runs in 4.2 innings Thursday against the Rockies in Coors. He struck out seven and only walked one.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This was an interesting start to analyze. Cain got off to a great start by shutting down the Rockies the first time through the order. He looked like the "old Cain" and was using his slider effectively and even touched 93 MPH on the gun with his fastball. Things unraveled in the fifth when he gave up a solo-shot to Gerardo Parra, following that up with a couple of weak singles, a double and walk before being pulled from the game. He was on the hook for the stranded runners and reliever Chris Heston wasn't able to prevent them from scoring. So while this start looks poor on paper, there were certainly some positives to take away. His 10:2 K:BB ratio in 10.2 innings looks closer to his All-Star form rather than the broken down version we have seen over the past couple of seasons. Cain is off the radar in standard leagues right now, but his next start at home against Arizona could be appealing for those in deeper leagues.

Matt Cain SP SF 4 weeks ago

Cain allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three over six innings, but received no decision Friday against the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

In his first start after having a cyst removed from his pitching arm at the beginning of spring training, this should be classified as a very effective start for Cain. Despite leaving the game with a 2-0 deficit, the offense got him off the hook with a pair of runs in the eighth inning. After seeing his ERA and WHIP steadily climb each season since 2013, the 31-year-old hurler will look to get his career back on track in 2016. His next start will be Thursday at the Rockies.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Cain (arm) threw 90 pitches in a minor league game Monday and should be ready for the regular season, CSN Bay Area reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cain had a cyst removed from his arm at the beginning of spring training but has recovered just in time for the beginning of the regular season. The fact that he threw 90 pitches while maintaining his velocity in the 89-91 MPH range is a good sign that he is healthy. Even though he appears to be fully recovered, fantasy owners in standard leagues should take a wait-and-see approach before taking a chance on the three-time All-Star, as his past two seasons have been sub-par. Cain will serve as the Giants' fifth starter and is slated to make his regular season debut April 8 against the Dodgers.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Cain is on schedule for his next spring start, but manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that the outing will determine whether he opens the season in the Giants' rotation or on the disabled list, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cain had surgery to remove a cyst from his upper right arm in late February, pushing his Cactus League debut to last Friday. In 2.2 innings against the offense-averse Padres, he was less than impressive, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out one. The Giants expect Cain to take the mound Monday in a minor league game, after which Bochy will likely have enough information to make a call on the matter.

Matt Cain SP SF 2 months ago

Cain (arm) made his spring training debut Friday after having a cyst surgically removed from his throwing arm. He surrendered three runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out one in 2.2 innings against the Padres.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While the results on the stat sheet were poor, the whole point of this outing was to test Cain's arm and get his pitch count up for Opening Day. A stronger showing against a less-than intimidating San Diego lineup would have been reassuring for those hoping for a bounce-back season from Cain, but his value is so low in 2016 (late-round flyer at best) that his stock isn't going to fluctuate much based on tune-up outings in spring. For what it's worth, catcher Buster Posey claimed that he "thought his stuff was good from the bullpen to the game." Cain ended up throwing 53 pitches, which should put him on track to be ready for his regular season debut on April 8.

Matt Cain SP SF 2 months ago

Cain (arm) has been medically cleared to return to the field and will make his 2016 spring training debut Friday against the Padres, CSN Bay Area reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cain's spring training came to a screeching halt before it even began when he had to have a cyst removed from his upper arm. Injuries have plagued Cain over the past couple of seasons, but luckily this procedure was not related to the bone chips that were removed from his elbow a season ago. He threw two 15-pitch innings Monday, and the 31-year-old Cain said he felt fine. In terms of fantasy value, he was already a fringe pitching option and the shortened spring doesn't help his stock. It will be a wait-and-see approach for those in standard leagues.