Monday, January 17, 2011
Rusty's Player Projections: Matt Cain
Matt Cain is a quiet mastermind, silently pitching as effective as Tim Lincecum but with little or no flash or excitement. After all, Cain has little to smile about after posting a 57-62 W-L record in the past 6 seasons with the Giants despite putting up a 3.45 career ERA.
Complete frustration for poor Mr. Cain.
He has been tainted with such a curse for so long, and yet he has not let one complaint trickle from his mouth. He's a gamer, a work horse and a dominator of all hitters.
Last season, when the Giants were slumping early in the season, Matt Cain and the Giants headed in to San Diego for a much-needed win. So what do we get?
A complete game one-hitter from Cain, but we suffered a 1-0 loss. The lone score in the game came from a blooper single and a sacrifice fly. Cain had reached his limits. Only the most cursed would receive such bad luck.
Things turned around.
After a career year from Cain in 2009, Cain posted another respectable stat line of 13-11 with a 3.14 ERA while posting a career high in innings (223.1), H/9 (7.3), WHIP (1.084) and BB/9 (2.5). After reaching the All-Star Game in 2009, Cain ranked 12th in NL Cy Young voting, gaining some more national recognition after being in Tim Lincecum's shadow his whole career.
Also a notable statistic: Cain was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 21.1 innings, allowing just 13 hits, 7 walks while striking out 13 against the Braves Rangers and Phillies powerful offenses.
After ending last season on a hot streak, I'm predicting another good season for Cain:
1 lifted curse
Feel free to post your own Matt Cain predictions in the comments below!