Matt Cain
Matt Cain

Matt Cain (SP,RP)

San Francisco Giants

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Matt Cain chased in the third

Thu, Jul 21st 12:06am EDT
By Jeff Krisko

Matt Cain lasted only 2.1 innings in his latest start, giving up three home runs in a losing effort.

Fantasy Impact: Woof. Cain has pitched 6.2 innings in his last three starts combined and yielded eight runs in that time frame. Frequently injured and completely ineffective when he pitches, The Giants still owe him $20,000,000 next year and a $7.5 million buyout. It might be the worst pitcher contract now that Barry Zito (Giants) is out of the league.

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Matt Cain to start Wednesday

Wed, Jul 20th 3:02pm EDT
By Israel Katz

The San Francisco Giants have activated pitcher Matt Cain. He will start tonight against the Boston Red Sox. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Good to have Cain back, but it is wise to give him a start or two before you start him, especially against the Red Sox offense.

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Matt Cain will make at least two more minor league rehab starts before the Giants consider activating him from the disabled list. He's been out since the middle of June due to a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact: The hamstring issue has lingered, so the Giants want to make sure that Cain is all the way back before activating him. They also have no reason to rush him back considering his overall ineffectiveness this season, though he did provide three straight very quality starts in the middle of May prior to his hamstring injury flaring up again.

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Matt Cain will begin his minor league rehab assignment on Friday. He's been on the disabled list since the middle of June due to a hamstring injury. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Cain wasn't fantasy relevant prior to his injury, as he was struggling to the tune of a 5.34 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. His return will largely be a non-factor, as he's hard to trust given his recent struggles despite his track record.

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Matt Cain back on the DL

Tue, Jun 14th 11:40pm EDT
By Jeff Krisko

Matt Cain pitched only 3 2/3 innings before reinjuring his hamstring and returning to the disabled list. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cain's body might just be telling him to hang them up. He's been slowly falling apart for seasons and at this point, it's getting difficult to watch. Once a fantasy stud, he is a matchup play only now, if and when he is healthy. Angel Pagan was activated from the DL in a corresponding move. Albert Suarez will likely remain in the rotation and has appeal in NL-only leagues or streaming, given his 3.33 ERA and 1.04 WHIP so far this year.

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Matt Cain pitched seven strong innings, yielding one run striking out five and walking two.

Fantasy Impact: Cain had been awful this year, but the scuffling Diamondbacks made Jake Peavy look good. The Giants using late heroics to win cost Cain the W, but he pitched very well. He was a former Cy Young candidate and perennial SP stud, but injuries have limited him. Don't rush to the wire to get him, but he could have value in deeper leagues.

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Cain went eight innings against the Blue Jays, allowing only six baserunners and yielding two runs. He struck out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Matt Cain and Jake Peavy have been absolutely disastrous for the team this year and this is likely one of the random good performances Cain will turn in this year. Once a bona fide stud, he is not worth pursuing in any league.

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Matt Cain bounced in fifth inning

Wed, Apr 20th 11:13am EDT
By Jeff Krisko

Matt Cain yielded three runs on four walks and five hits. He struck out two in 4 2/3 IP.

Fantasy Impact: Cain hadn't yielded a hit through four innings, but had given up a walk per inning before he collapsed in the fifth, yielding three runs on five hits. Mike Broadway saved him from more damage by coming in and striking out Welington Castillo. It's been almost half a decade since Matt Cain and his 6.46 ERA was a viable fantasy option in any league.

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Matt Cain made his 2016 debut, allowing two runs in six innings. He struck out three and walked one as the Giants won in the tenth inning after being no hit through 7 1/3.

Fantasy Impact: The Dodgers scored both of their runs in the fifth, but were otherwise shut out. Cain was once a top-twenty pitcher, but a myriad of arm issues have limited his effectiveness and even availability for the last few years. He's widely available, and has some name value. This is a situation to monitor to see if he's a decent home park streamer.

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Matt Cain, in his first Spring Training start, threw 51 pitches and gave up three earned runs on seven hits.

Fantasy Impact: Cain is working his way back from a multitude of surgeries and arm issues, so getting 51 pitches in is a win in and of itself. The hurler was once a top-20 pitching option but health and ineffectiveness has moved him completely off the fantasy radar outside the deepest of leagues. He has a long road back to even NL-only relevance.

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Matt Cain has yet another surgery

Fri, Feb 26th 11:16am EST
By Jeff Krisko

Matt Cain had a cyst removed from his pitching arm, and is expected to miss about ten days. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Here we go again. Cain was nicknamed "El Caballo" for the Giants riding him like a horse for years. They are reaping what they've sown with Cain, who was bad in 2013 and only started 26 games combined between 2014 and 2015. His 2016 isn't off to a good start, and he should remain undrafted in most leagues.

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San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain returned to the starting lineup and pitched five shutout innings in the season finale vs. the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Cain received the no-decision after the Giants' bullpen gave up seven runs in the 9th inning to lose 7-3.

Fantasy Impact: Matt Cain finished the year with two wins and four losses. It was by far his worst year in terms of giving up runs as he finished with a 5.79 ERA. Cain was limited this year with injuries and was moved to the bullpen prior to his last start of the season. The 10-year veteran will go into the off-season looking to make the necessary changes to regain his previous dominance for the 2016 season.

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When Matt Cain returns he will most likely be greeted in the bullpen for the San Francisco Giants

Fantasy Impact: Matt Cain's arm is probably done. He has had two DL stints this season alone on it. Between those layoffs he has a 6.15 ERA and a 2-4 record. He should not be owned in any league.

San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain had another bad outing against the Chicago Cubs in a 8-5 loss on Tuesday night. Cain surrendered six runs on eight hits and was pulled from the game after the 5th inning when the Giants were down 6-0.

Fantasy Impact: The 30-year old former All-Star is in danger of losing his role in the starting rotation. Cain hasn't won a game in a month and raised his ERA to 6.15 on the season. More importantly, his ERA in August is 8.05 and he has given up at least one home run in each of his five starts. There is speculation that Tim Hudson could come back to replace Matt Cain in the starting rotation.

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The San Francisco Giants finished their road trip at 2-5, and now face another playoff caliber team in the Chicago Cubs. This could be one of the most important game for the Giants thus far into the season. Matt Cain is the one responsible in getting Francisco going on the right foot at home. Matt Cain (2-3, 5.66) allowed five runs in a season-low four innings Aug. 8 in an 8-6 loss in Chicago but pitched well Wednesday. The right-hander yielded two runs in six innings in St. Louis.

Fantasy Impact: This will be a good sign for Matty Cain if he can roll off the momentum he had in St. Louis. I still would be cautious in picking him up if available, and that goes for starting him, even though he makes a good streamer in San Francisco.

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Matt Cain battles back

Wed, Aug 19th 9:34pm EDT
By Michael Valverde

There is no doubt that Matt Cain has struggled this season for the San Francisco Giants. When facing the St. Louis Cardinals, it would appear that getting through two innings may be a difficult task. Cain did more than that. He went six full innings and only gave up two earned runs, one being a solo shot by Piscotty. Cain struck out six and gave up six hits and one walk. He will qualify for a non-decision,

Fantasy Impact: Matt Cain should be barely on your waiver wire radar until he can prove himself and deliver consistency. Give him two more games, and if he keeps improving then I would begin to target him, other than that leave him as fodder for others to pick from.

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Matt Cain goes only five innings for the San Francisco Giants. In the five innings he gave up four earned runs, 10 hits, four walks and just one strikeout. This is not much better or possibly worse than his last outing against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Matt Cain continues to struggle, and right now it would be hard to justify owning the left-hander. He has been absolutely rocked his last two outings, and until he can show consistency he is better left on the waiver wire or stashed on your bench.

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Matt Cain will try to get the San Francisco Giants started in the right direction as he faces the Atlanta Braves in a three-game series starting tonight, Cain (2-2, 4.50) has alternated between shaky and strong outings in five starts since missing the first three months of the season with a flexor tendon strain in his right arm. This should be his good outing as his last he gave up four runs and eight hits over six innings in Tuesday's 5-2 home loss to Milwaukee.

Fantasy Impact: Matt Cain has struggled more than he has starred. He carries a 4.76 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP. In 17 innings he has struck out 14. He is a good mark for strikeouts but his ERA and WHIP really need attention. It will also be hard for him to pick up wins as the Giants just dont hit with much power, and their games are usually close down to the wire. Cain is 1-1 for the season.

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Matt Cain gave up two home runs in his 2015 debut. Cain also allowed five earned runs, four walks, seven hits, and just two strikeouts. The biggest blow was another three-run shot by Justin Bour who got the walk-off three-run homer last night.

Fantasy Impact: Things didnt go as planned for Matt Cain, and nobody really knows if he is ever going to be the same from those arm injuries he suffered. I still think he is a good pitcher to hold on to or pick-up if available. He could also be a good buy-low candidate.

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Matt Cain is finally back on the bump for the San Francisco Giants. Its been a long road for Cain and his various injuries, and he will try to put that behind him. He will also look to get one victory from the Marlins before the Giants depart town.

Fantasy Impact: I am not expecting a whole lot from Matt Cain today. He will be examined heavily and probably has a pitch count. The Giants are hoping that the see Matt Cain regain form, and if he is on the waiver wire, Id be taking a chance on him, he is owned in only 50.2 percent of ESPN leagues.

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Giants activate Matt Cain

Thu, Jul 2nd 10:29am EDT
By Daniel Rogers

Up until today, Matt Cain has spent his 2015 season on the DL with a forearm strain. Cain was activated by the Giants and is expected to start in Thursday's action. (Source: Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: It is interesting to see how Cain's return will affect the Giants' pitching rotation, which has been solid without his presence, particularly in the case of rookie pitcher Chris Heston. Heston filled in well during Cain's DL stint, going 8-5 and pitching a no-hitter against the Mets. Cain's ADP is 196.8 and he is currently owned in 50.2% of ESPN Leagues. Monitor Cain's first game back before you determine if his presence is necessary on your fantasy team.

Matt Cain took the mound in a regular season game since last year and got absolutely destroyed. He was pulled after one out in the third inning. He gave up four runs three of them being earned with eight hits, two walks, seven strikeouts, and one home run.

Fantasy Impact: Even though not very impressive, Cain is still getting acclimated to pitching and finding his form. Even though he got torched, I wouldn't worry too much about it unless this becomes an every outing normalcy for him,

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Matt Cain has missed thus far into the Giants' 2015 season due to a forearm injury. According to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area, Cain is almost ready to return to the starting unit. (Source: Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Cain had an abysmal 2014 season, accumulating a 2-7 record. Cain is a long shot to start in fantasy leagues, especially when bouncing back from injury. He will also have to regain his spot from rookie sensation Chris Heston, who has filled his spot in the pitching rotation exceptionally.

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Matt Cain had a 35-40 pitch bullpen session today, but admitted he won't be back until after the All-Star Break. (Source: KNBR)

Fantasy Impact: Cain was placed on the 15-day DL with a flexor tendon strain without throwing a pitch this season. This comes after he was put on the DL last season after undergoing elbow surgery. With Cain's current timetable, it will be over a year since he last pitched in a regular season game. He used to be one of baseball's dominant pitchers, but has fallen off the last few years. He's worth monitoring when he gets back, but don't go running to the waiver wire to stash him.

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Matt Cain placed on 15-day DL

Tue, Apr 7th 8:58pm EDT
By Jeff Krisko

The Giants placed Matt Cain on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 3 with his right flexor strain. (Source: SFGate)

Fantasy Impact: This isn't surprising, as Bochy described it as a "two-week thing" last night. With Jake Peavy potentially missing a start and Chris Heston taking his spot in the rotation, the Giants placing Cain on the DL knowing he'll be out the full span is unsurprising. He can be cut in most leagues if you're short on DL slots.

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Cain will miss his start this week, but Bruce Bochy said Matt Cain's forearm tightness is not very serious, calling it a "two-week thing." (Source: Henry Schulman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dr. Bochy provides us with the straight medical analysis, but his statement is reassuring. Forearm tightness is usually a symptom of a UCL tear. UCL tears usually lead to Tommy John Surgery, which would put Cain out for the season and part of 2016. Cain hopes his bone spur procedure that ended his 2014 season puts him back on track to his pre-2013 form, and so do his owners.

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Matt Cain undergoes MRI

Mon, Apr 6th 9:47pm EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Giants SP Matt Cain underwent an MRI on his throwing arm after experiencing tightness in his forearm. (Source: Andrew Baggarly on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cain experienced the tightness following his final Spring Training start. Given the ailment, the right-hander is questionable to make his scheduled start on Wednesday. It would seem unlikely that he takes the mound. Cain regressed over the past two years, and this is certainly not the start he was hoping for.

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Matt Cain struck out six in 3 1/3 innings today in a Triple-A exhibition. He touched 92 while giving up two hits, one run and one HBP. He threw 51 pitches. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Matt Cain has looked good in his Spring outings so far, and will likely make one more start before Opening Day. Cain had a rough 2013 and 2014, much of which has been attributed to bone chips in his throwing elbow. While a return to his 2012 numbers (2.79 ERA, 219.1 innings, 193 Ks) may not be in the cards for Cain post-bone chips, certainly look for him to return closer to his pre-2013 ERA of 3.19 and 7.3 K/9.

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Matt Cain threw two perfect innings on 20 pitches versus the Dodgers Monday.

Fantasy Impact: While Spring Training statistics don't matter, this is huge for Cain, as he stated his elbow was in great shape after the game. His Spring Training will be one to monitor, as his surgery and subsequent rest may have fixed the pitch speed issues he's had the last few seasons, which has led to a decline in results.

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