There have been few pitchers that you could trust more than Matt Cain in recent years. However, he had a day he would love to forget on Sunday, giving up nine runs in one inning for the San Francisco Giants.
The right-hander became the first pitcher in 13 years to give up that many runs in one inning for a team that had won the World Series the previous year. Cain may have been real bad on Sunday afternoon at home, but the Giants shouldn’t worry too much.
There are always temporary blips and bad outings, but you just wouldn’t expect that out of Cain the way he normally is. Cain has had an ERA of 3.14 or below in each of the last four seasons, and I’m sure that his ERA will go down as soon as he goes back to the mound this weekend at Wrigley Field. It is obvious that a pitcher’s best friend right now is facing the Chicago Cubs and their weak offense.
Cain will likely go right out to pitch seven shutout innings in his next start and all will be forgotten about the Sunday outing. It was just shocking how bad he was for that inning against the St. Louis Cardinals, and chances are it won’t happen again this season.
The Giants are just 3-3 on the season through six games and their offense needs to pick it up if another starter has a rough outing like Cain did. I’m sure Cain will still finish with 15-18 wins and an ERA around 3.14 yet again even after a blip on the radar.