After throwing the 22nd perfect game in the history of the MLB, San Francisco Giant’s starter, Matt Cain, did not have his best game on Monday night in Los Angeles. Cain was only able to last five innings against the Los Angeles Angels, a far cry from the nine innings he dominated last week. He also uncharacteristically allowed 6 hits and 4 walks, while being able to limit the damage to only 3 runs. San Francisco was still able to give Cain the run support to get the 5-3 victory and he was able to pick up the win in his ninth consecutive start.
However, Cain’s sub-par outing came at a poor time for fantasy owners, as most Cain owners where doing more then their fair share of trash talking following his perfect game last week. He just simply did have the control he normally demonstrates, and may have been a little mentally fatigued as much he was physically fatigued. It is certainly safe to say that his most recent start was humbling for more then a few over zealous fantasy owners.
He is still a fantasy MVP candidate and is among the leaders in almost ever pitching category in the league. However, a start like this just shows us that all fantasy pitchers are human, and they all get rocked from time to time. No pitcher will go undefeated and no stick will bat .500, it is just the way of baseball. With that being said, Cain is still hands down the best arm in all of fantasy baseball, not named R. A. Dickey, and he should valued as such.