Veteran San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain was roughed up pretty good in his previous start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing three home runs, including two to Matt Kemp. However, Cain returned home on Saturday to face the Colorado Rockies, bouncing back nicely with a solid performance.
Cain entered the game against the Rockies sporting a robust 5.73 ERA after his first two starts of the season. These two starts were both on the road, so Cain was likely looking forward to returning home to face Colorado. He responded by allowing just one earned run on four hits in seven strong innings of work. Unfortunately for Cain, the Giants were offensively challenged against the Rockies, producing a mere three hits while being shutout by six Colorado pitchers.
Despite not being rewarded with a victory, Cain may have gotten back on track with his fine performance. He has been a model of consistency for the Giants over the years, producing eight-consecutive years with 30 or more starts. The former first-round selection has never won more than 16 games in a season, but this does not accurately reflect his level of quality during this period of time.
Cain is signed with the Giants through the 2017 season, with a club option for 2018. The Giants have a strong rotation, as usual, but will need Cain to be at his best in order to compete for a third World Series ring since 2010. With good pitching, anything is possible.