Matt Cain, Starting Pitcher
Date of Birth: 10/1/1984
Birthplace: Dothan, Alabama
Nickname: The Horse
Matt Cain, starting pitcher, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2002. He played in the minor leagues from 2002 through most of 2005, finishing his minor league career with a 27-15 win-loss record and a 3.33 ERA. He joined the Giants for seven games in 2005.
In 2006, his first full season in the major leagues, Cain pitched 190.2 innings in 32 games. He had a 13-12 record and a 4.15 ERA. Two years later, he pitched in a career high 34 games and had a 3.76 ERA. In 2010, he pitched a career high 223.1 innings and had a 13-11 record with a 3.14 ERA.
Cain signed a five-year, $112 million contract extension with the Giants in April, 2012. He followed that contract signing with a strong season. On June 13, 2012, he pitched a perfect game against the Houston Astros. He finished the season with a career high 16 wins against 5 losses, a career high 193 strikeouts to a career low 51 walks, and a career low ERA of 2.79.
Cain spent time on the DL in 2014, pitching in just 15 games. He finished the season with a 2-7 record, 70 strikeouts to 32 walks, and a 4.18 ERA in 90.1 innings. He didn't play in the postseason with the Giants.
In 2015, Cain was again on the DL, this time with a forearm strain. He pitched just 60.2 innings in 13 games and he had a 2-4 record, 41 strikeouts to 20 walks, and a 5.79 ERA.
Cain spent time on the DL in 2016 with a hamstring injury. He finished the season with a 5.64 ERA, 4 wins to 8 losses, and 72 strikeouts to 32 walks in 89.1 innings in 17 games as a starter and 4 games as a reliever. He didn't play in the postseason.
In 2017, Cain had a 5.43 ERA in 27 games with the Giants. He finished the season with 3 wins and 11 losses and 75 strikeouts to 49 walks in 124.1 innings.
Cain retired as a major league pitcher at the end of the 2017 season.
Statistics for Cain in thirteen seasons (2005-2017) in the major leagues include:
- 8 seasons with 30 or more games, with a high of 34 in 2008
- 6 seasons with 200 or more innings pitched, with a high of 223.1 in 2010
- 8 seasons with over 150 strikeouts, with a high of 193 in 2012
- 3 seasons with an ERA under 3.00, with a low of 2.79 in 2012
Career pitching statistics for Cain through 2017 include:
- 342 games played
- 2,085.2 innings pitched
- 104-118 win-loss record
- 1,694 strikeouts to 712 walks
- 3.68 ERA
Cain married his wife Chelsea in 2009. They have a daughter.