Year Of The Horse. Will Cain Be Able In 2014

By Chris Corbett

Aug 11, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher

Matt Cain

(18) pitches during the first inning in a game against the Baltimore Orioles at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

With Pitchers and Catchers due to report in just over a week. I’m going to be looking at each pitcher in the Giants staff over that time. Last week I wrote on the hopeful bounce back of Tim Lincecum.

With Chinese New Year having passed late last week, and switching over to the Year of the Horse, it could only mean good things for Matt Cainright?

After a sub par 2013, the Giants are hoping for a better 2014 from Cain, and the rest of the rotation. Cain finished 2013 with a 8-10 record. 4.00 ERA in 184.1 innings pitched. Not exactly what you’d expect from your number 1 starter, or from Cain himself. After looking at his numbers from ever start last season, 2 games stuck out to me specifically. In his second start of the season, Cain went 3.2 innings while surrendering 9 earned runs in a 14-3 loss to the eventual National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals. His 12th start of the year, also vs. the Cardinals, Cain went 6 innings and gave 7 earned runs in a 8-0 loss. I know we cannot eliminate games from a players season, but lets say in this case that we can. Taking out those 2 starts vs St. Louis, Cain pitched roughly 175 innings vs every other team and compiled a respectable 3.39 ERA and a 8-8 record. Still not what you’d hope for from your “ace”.

Not to make excuses for Cain, but how much is the workload he sustained in 2012 responsible for the rough season in 2013?  In 2012, between regular season and post-season Cain pitched a total of 249.1 innings.

Looking at some videos from 2012 and 2013, it looks like there may be a little change in Cains mechanics.

This is a video from his 2012 Perfect Game vs the Astros

And this one of a solid start in 2013 vs Arizona

Looking at the 2 videos, it looks to me like in 2012 Cain was more over the top with his delivery, compared to more of a 3 quarter arm slot in 2013.

Lets just hope that 2013 was a fluke bad season and this will be indeed be the Year Of The Horse for the Giants.

What do you expect of Cain in 2014?