Thursday, November 18, 2010

End of Season Review: Matt Cain

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt  Cain pitches against the Texas Rangers during game 2 of the World Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco, October 28, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom
Big Daddy Matt Cain was the rock of the Giants staff, in a season where Tim Lincecum wasn't always superman it was invaluable to have good old dependable Matt Cain to fall back on.

Cain has lived in the shadow of Lincecum and has been underrated by the mainstream media for not racking up wins and the SABR crowd for out performing his peripherals. The last few seasons have begun to change some minds about him.


It is hard to believe that Cain is the longest tenured Giant, it is almost even harder to believe that he is younger than Lincecum. He plays like a grizzled vet but is still in his mid 20's.

Cain has spoiled Giants fans who have had the chance to watch him during his career. The way he steals a strike with the big curveball early in the count or the way that he pumps high fastballs by hitters. He may not rack up the strikeout numbers like Lincecum or Jonathan Sanchez but he is a much more complete pitcher who batter after batter induces weak contact and hitters going after his pitches.

Cain was the Giants best pitcher for a good portion of the year and definitely made his claim to the title of best on the staff during the playoffs finishing up with a sparkling ERA of 0.00.

Cain is probably the most complete pitcher on the staff right now and it is always nice to think that we are just scratching the surface of what he can do.

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