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. 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.
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. 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.
Cain was rocked for six runs in 4.2 innings Thursday against the Rockies in Coors. He struck out seven and only walked one. 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.
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. 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.
Cain (arm) threw 90 pitches in a minor league game Monday and should be ready for the regular season, CSN Bay Area reports. 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 former 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.
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