OUTMatt Cain
SP SF
3 weeks ago

Manager Bruce Bochy said Cain will miss the upcoming series against the Rockies while attending to a family matter, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bochy said he'll likely miss the road trip as well, lining him up to return next week Monday against the Dodgers. Cain should resume a long relief role out of the Giants' bullpen when he returns.

OUTMatt Cain
SP SF
3 weeks ago

Cain (3-11) tossed five innings of two-run ball Thursday, walking none and striking out two in a losing effort against the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Cain was called upon to fill in for Madison Bumgarner (illness) on short notice Thursday. The former starter didn't necessarily pitch poorly in his return to the rotation, but it certainly wasn't enough to convince manager Bruce Bochy to give his veteran another chance at starting regularly. The Giants are currently operating with a six-man rotation, so Cain should head back to the bullpen assuming Bumgarner's illness doesn't cost him any more time.

OUTMatt Cain
SP SF
3 weeks ago

Cain will start Thursday's game against the Cardinals in place of Madison Bumgarner (illness), Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bumgarner was a late scratch due to flu-like symptoms, so Cain will reenter the rotation to make a spot start in his place. The 32-year-old Cain owns an unsightly 5.35 ERA and 67:43 K:BB across 21 starts (109.1 innings) this season. He's expected to return to the bullpen following Thursday's outing.

OUTMatt Cain
SP SF
1 month ago

Cain (3-10) was charged with five runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk over four innings in a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday. He struck out seven.

EDGE Analysis

Two San Francisco errors led to a four-run first inning, and while Cain rebounded and finished strong, the damage was already done. Chances are, Cain will return to the bullpen following this outing -- the Giants just needed an extra starter this week following Sunday's doubleheader. Perhaps he will get a few more chances to start down the stretch, but regardless, Cain should remain far from mixed-league rosters.

OUTMatt Cain
SP SF
1 month ago

Manager Bruce Bochy said Cain will start Wednesday's game against the Marlins, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Giants will need an extra starter this week after Sunday's doubleheader, so Cain, who was shifted to the bullpen at the beginning of August, will reenter the rotation to make a spot start Wednesday. The 32-year-old, who compiled a 5.38 ERA and 1.67 WHIP through 20 starts earlier in the season, will likely return to a relief role following Wednesday's outing.

OUTMatt Cain
SP SF
2 months ago

Cain has been removed from the Giants' starting rotation and will work out of the bullpen for the foreseeable future, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cain has been given ample opportunities in the Giants' rotation this season but hasn't been able to take advantage of his situation. The 32-year-old currently holds a 5.37 ERA and paltry 3.3 percent K-BB rate on the year. He'll likely operate in a long-relief role moving forward, while Chris Stratton (calf) will take his spot in the rotation starting Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

OUTMatt Cain
SP SF
2 months ago

Cain allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks with one strikeout over five innings in a no-decision Monday against Oakland.

EDGE Analysis

Cain was uninspiring but effective enough to keep the Giants in the game. With Johnny Cueto unable to finish his rehab start on Monday, there may be more opportunities yet in the rotation for Cain yet. He hasn't shown anything to suggest he's a better pitcher than his 5.37 ERA, but the Giants aren't exactly swimming in starting pitching options.

OUTMatt Cain
SP SF
2 months ago

Cain will line up for another start Sunday against the Dodgers, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

After Johnny Cueto (finger) threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday, there was some question whether Cain would draw a second turn during the week after starting in Monday's loss to the Pirates, but he will in fact receive another nod with the Giants opting to give Cueto more time to rest up. Since Cain was lit up for six runs (two earned) while lasting only four innings Monday, he's already sullied the two-start week for fantasy owners, and expecting a rebound performance against one of the league's top offenses might be wishful thinking. Cueto could rejoin the rotation as soon as the Giants' series opener next Monday against the Athletics, which would likely result in Cain moving back to the bullpen.

OUTMatt Cain
SP SF
2 months ago

Cain (3-9) allowed six runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk over four innings during Monday's loss to the Pirates. He recorded one strikeout.

EDGE Analysis

The Pirates got to Cain early, posting a two-run first inning followed by a four-run second that was punctuated by a three-run blast off the bat of Andrew McCutchen. Cain retired the side in order over the next two frames but was given the hook after tossing 72 pitches through the first four innings. The 32-year-old did nothing to suggest he should rejoin the starting rotation, but with Johnny Cueto still working through his finger blister, Cain could potentially be in line for a weekend start at Dodger Stadium.

OUTMatt Cain
SP SF
2 months ago

Cain gave up three runs on five hits while striking out five Wednesday. He did not factor into the decision in a 5-4 win over Cleveland.

EDGE Analysis

Cain was aggressive against an Indians lineup sans Edwin Encarnacion, throwing 52 of his 79 pitches for strikes. After a brief demotion to the bullpen, the 32-year-old regained a spot in rotation to replace the injured Johnny Cueto (hand). The latter is hopeful he can return off the disabled list when eligible June 24, which could push Cain and his 5.49 ERA back to the bullpen, although the Giants could make a move at the trade deadline that opens up a rotation spot. Either way, the veteran righty is no longer a pitcher to rely on outside of very favorable matchups due to his extremely inconsistent results this season.