Matt Cain
SP FA
2 months ago

Cain pitched five scoreless innings with four strikeouts during Saturday's loss to San Diego. He didn't factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

Cain announced his planned retirement earlier this week, and he left Saturday's outing in position to take the win. Unfortunately, the bullpen blew the lead and cost Cain and San Francisco the victory. The 32-year-old veteran was a fantasy stalwart from 2007 through 2012 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 7.4 K/9 over 1,299.2 innings and 197 starts. While he struggled over the final years of his career, Cain was still a three-time all star and won two World Series titles. There's also always a chance he returns in 2018 with the Giants or another team.

Matt Cain
SP FA
3 months ago

Cain announced that he will retire following his last start of the 2017 season, which will come against the Padres on Saturday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cain said that he made the decision over the last week, and reiterated his feelings Wednesday by saying that he can't see himself playing outside of San Francisco, and that he believes Saturday will be his last time in a Giants uniform. Although this doesn't completely close the door on Cain's career, he seems fairly adamant about moving on at this point in time, even holding a meeting with his teammates to discuss the decision. Over the course of this season, the three-time All-Star has posted a 5.66 ERA and 1.70 WHIP during 119.1 innings of work, with 22 of his 26 appearances coming as a starter.

Matt Cain
SP FA
3 months ago

Cain has been named the starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Padres, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cain will occupy the spot in the starting rotation that became available when Madison Bumgarner was shut down for the remainder of the season Tuesday. He draws a favorable matchup against the Padres, but should still likely be avoided in fantasy matchups as the 32-year-old's floor is much lower than his ceiling is high.

Matt Cain
SP FA
3 months ago

Cain (personal) has rejoined the Giants and completed a bullpen session Monday, the Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cain made his last appearance Aug. 31 before leaving the Giants a few days later to tend to a family matter. Because of the multi-week absence, he'll likely need to get in another bullpen session to condition his arm before being available for games. Manager Bruce Bochy stated that he'd like to have Cain make one appearance out of the bullpen before the season concludes.

Matt Cain
SP FA
3 months 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.

Matt Cain
SP FA
3 months 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.

Matt Cain
SP FA
3 months 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.

Matt Cain
SP FA
4 months 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.

Matt Cain
SP FA
4 months 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.

Matt Cain
SP FA
4 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.