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Entries in Matt Cain (15)


Cain Far From Perfect vs. Righties in 2013

Matt Cain's career reached its apex on June 13, 2012, as the Giants righty tossed a perfect game at home against the Houston Astros. Perfection is far from Cain's mind one year later, as he takes the mound tonight with a five-plus ERA (5.09) and the third-highest home run total allowed (13) among NL starting pitchers. A major reason for the perennial Cy Young Award contender's struggles is that he's getting crushed when he tries to go inside on right-handed hitters.

When Cain threw inside to righty batters in 2012, they hit just four home runs and slugged .369. For comparison's sake, right-handed hitters slug .428 overall when a same-handed starter tries to bust them inside. The only right-handed starters in the NL who were more effective pitching inside to righty hitters were Lance Lynn (.264 opponent slugging percentage), Johnny Cueto (.313), Jake Westbrook (.316), Ryan Vogelsong (.358) and Yovani Gallardo (.362).

Cain's opponent slugging percentage by pitch location vs. righties, 2012

This year, though? Cain has already served up five homers on inside pitches to righties, and they're slugging .733. Chris Tillman (.821 opponent slugging percentage) and Marco Estrada (.792) are the only righties to get clobbered more than Cain when going inside against same-handed batters.

Cain's opponent slugging percentage by pitch location vs. righties, 2013



Report: Dave Feldman Predicted Matt Cain's Perfect Game

Matt Cain's perfect game has quickly become legendary... let's take it one step further. Did you know that the official scorer, Dave Feldman predicted it?

One truly unique thing about Cain's perfect game was that the official scorer, Dave Feldman, predicted it. In the first inning, he told the scorer, Karen Sherrill, that Cain was going to pitch a perfect game. The best account of Feldman's uncanny prescience comes from a story written by Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News from June 21, 2012.


This brief interview with Bill Arnold on is worth a quick read...


Matt Cain Poll: 2013 Wins