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Matt Cain gets a standing ovation for his work in Saturday's win over the Cubs.
Stats: 6-2, 2.62 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, .206 opponent BA, 79 IP, 73 SO
Matt Cain has been great at pitching consistently throughout his career. This year, he finally has something to show for it.
Cain is 6-2 with a 2.62 ERA, and he has been San Francisco's most consistent pitcher throughout the season. Opponents have hit just .206 off of him, and he has thrown more innings than any other Giant pitcher.
Just like he's always been doing, Cain is forcing ground balls. His sinker has been very effective, as has his slider and fastball. He is hitting the corners very effectively, and he's been striking a lot of guys out.
This year, Cain is getting run support. He didn't get any in a great start against the Phillies in April (eventually a 1-0 win), but he has gotten some in most of his starts. In his best start of the year, a one-hitter in April, Cain got five runs of support.
Thanks to the run support, Cain's statistics look a lot better. He doesn't let many guys on base (as his 0.92 WHIP shows), and when he does, he stays calm and confident and works out of the jam. Unlike many young pitchers, he doesn't carry a bad inning into the next.
If Cain doesn't make the team, it will be a disgrace. He's certainly done enough to lift himself to the status of elite, and this year, he's continued to pitch like a star.