#4 Most Thankful: Matt Cain

By Melissa Felkins

Aug 1, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain (18) delivers to the plate during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

It’s officially Thanksgiving time and we thought we’d kick off the holiday weekend by showing our gratitude for the Giants. The Giants have given us a lot to be thankful for over the past few seasons.  Over the weekend we’ll share our favorite 10  Giants and possibly some honorable mentions. So for all the times we whine and complain about the state of our team, let’s take some time to be thankful this offseason.

See the full list here: Top 10 Giants Most Thankful For This Year

Matt Cain

Matt Cain. The Horse. Cain just steps it up. He’s always fairly consistent and you always know about what you’ll get from him. He’s the ace, and a solid drive in the rotation. He’s the longest current Giant as well. You never see him get too emotional or out of sorts. He won’t blow you away with his fastball, but he’s pretty darn good at getting batters out. He has a career 3.35 ERA and while he had a 4.00 ERA in 2013, some of that can be contributed to failures of the bullpen. He’s our horse though, and after 2 postseason trips in the past 4 years, we’ll give him some credit for simply being tired.

Besides, in those 2 postseasons he posted a 2.10 ERA. In 2010, his postseason ERA was 0.00. And like Lincecum, he gruels through whatever is ailing him. He’s a great role model and teammate for younger players, and if we had 5 Matt Cains in our rotation, I think Giants fans will be pretty happy. In 2014, I expect to see the Matt Cain of 2012 again.

Oh, he also did this: