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September 30, 2017 10:36 PM
Giants' Matt Cain: Fires five scoreless inning in farewell
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

Cain announced his 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.

September 27, 2017 03:00 PM
Giants' Matt Cain: Will retire following Saturday's start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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.

September 26, 2017 08:24 PM
Giants' Matt Cain: Will start Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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.

September 26, 2017 01:16 PM
Giants' Matt Cain: Rejoins team Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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.

September 5, 2017 06:28 PM
Giants' Matt Cain: Away from team with family issue
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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.

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

September 1, 2017 12:44 PM
Giants' Matt Cain: Takes loss in spot start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain (3-11) tossed five innings of two-run ball Thursday, giving up seven hits and striking out two in a losing effort against the Cardinals.

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.

September 1, 2017 03:25 PM
Giants' Matt Cain: Thrust into start Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

Bumgarner was a late scratch due to flu-like symptoms, so Cain will step in 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.

August 17, 2017 07:08 PM
Giants' Matt Cain: Goes four innings in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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.

August 14, 2017 07:28 PM
Giants' Matt Cain: Will start Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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 re-enter 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.

August 3, 2017 08:48 PM
Giants' Matt Cain: Moving to bullpen
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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.

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.

August 1, 2017 08:12 AM
Giants' Matt Cain: Lasts five innings in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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 in the rotation for Cain yet. He hasn't shown anything this year to suggest he's a better pitcher than his 5.37 ERA, but the Giants aren't exactly swimming in rotation options.

July 26, 2017 03:08 PM
Giants' Matt Cain: Will pick up another start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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.

July 25, 2017 01:24 PM
Giants' Matt Cain: Struggles continue Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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 remain in 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.

July 20, 2017 11:12 PM
Giants' Matt Cain: Tosses quality start Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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 the 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.

July 16, 2017 10:32 AM
Giants' Matt Cain: Will rejoin rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

With Johnny Cueto (hand) being placed on the disabled list Friday, Cain will rejoin the starting rotation, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Cain was demoted to the bullpen following Madison Bumgarner's activation from the disabled list, but his stay in the bullpen lasted just one day. If the current rotation holds, the veteran should take the hill Wednesday against the Indians. Cain owns a 5.56 ERA and 1.70 WHIP on the year, so he won't draw much fantasy interest while he replaces Cueto.

July 13, 2017 01:04 AM
Giants' Matt Cain: Loses starting role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain will move to the bullpen when Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) returns from the DL this weekend, CSN Bay Area reports.

Cain posted atrocious numbers over the last month, racking up a 7.55 ERA, 14:13 K:BB, and serving up eight home runs over six starts to derail his 2017 campaign. The veteran right-hander has shown a significant decline over the past few seasons, impelling the Giants to move him out of the rotation last year as well, when he appeared in four games as a middle reliever. Cain remains a viable starting option in the event of an injury or a spot start, but carries little fantasy value at this point in his career.

July 5, 2017 01:08 AM
Giants' Matt Cain: Suffers eighth loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain (3-8) was battered for five runs on seven hits and a walk over 6.1 innings Tuesday in Detroit. He struck out three.

Cain created some false hope for a bounce-back year by posting a 2.30 ERA in April, but he's gone 1-8 with a 7.00 ERA and a 31:27 K:BB in 12 starts since then, pushing himself well out of fantasy relevance in the vast majority of formats. The veteran righty may pitch his way right out of San Francisco's rotation soon enough, as someone will have to get the boot to make room for Madison Bumgarner's impending return from a shoulder injury, and Cain has been dueling Matt Moore for the title of worst Giants pitcher. For now, he's slated to take the mound Sunday against Miami in the team's final game before the All-Star break.

June 28, 2017 04:04 AM
Giants' Matt Cain: Goes six in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain gave up three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings in a no-decision against the Rockies on Tuesday.

This is about as good as it gets for the modern-day version of Cain. He has five quality starts in 16 turns this year, and just three since the end of April. Cain has managed more than three strikeouts just once in his last 11 starts, and home runs are a mounting concern. He's a high-risk, low-reward fantasy option.

June 23, 2017 01:08 AM
Giants' Matt Cain: Serves up three homers in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain (3-7) allowed seven runs on 10 hits -- including three home runs -- over four innings in a loss to the Braves on Thursday. He recorded one strikeout.

Things have gone from bad to worse for Cain in June -- he's given up 18 runs and six homers in 18.1 innings this month. His ERA and WHIP now sit at 5.54 and 1.73, respectively, and the underlying numbers offer little hope for a turnaround. His days as a starter may be numbered, although the last-place Giants could just have him continue to eat innings in what is a lost season.

June 18, 2017 10:28 AM
Giants' Matt Cain: Lasts just five innings Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain fell to 3-6 on the season with another loss Saturday against the Rockies. He allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings, but he was also tagged for nine hits on 83 pitches.

Although Cain was able to avoid falling victim to the long ball in his outing at Coors Field, it was still another uninspiring start for the veteran. His WHIP now sits at 1.69 and he has just 46 strikeouts in 74 innings. Furthermore, Cain hasn't gone deeper than five innings in any of his last four starts, which further drives down his value. He's lined up to take the ball Thursday in another hitter-friendly park with the Giants traveling east to face the Braves.

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