In the way of helping starting pitchers get out of slumps, the San Francisco Giants might have found the best formula ever. Matt Cain was coming off of great seasons and considered the unequaled ace of the Giants staff. From the very start of the 2013 season Cain began to struggle. Recently he had what can be considered a very good if not great performance against the Atlanta Braves going eight innings and giving up only two runs on three hits. What is the secret to how he found his way?
That was easy. The Giants just spotted him a six run fourth inning and allowed him to cruise the rest of the way. The only mistake he made was a pitch to the Braves catcher Brian McCann that scored two on a long ball. To be fair, Cain added a crucial little RBI single in the middle of that six-run fourth inning. So it could be said that he assisted himself in being able to cruise through the rest of the game.
Also it should be mentioned that before that explosion by the offense Cain only gave up one hit and looked as dominant as ever. Actually he only gave up one run on five hits in seven plus innings in his last start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. This performance, aided by the nice cushion or runs he was provided with, could serve as a nice spring board for the rest of the first half for Cain. One thing about great pitchers is that we know they won’t struggle forever. Once things are straight for Cain he should be basically fine for a long while. It’s good news for the Giants.