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San Francisco Giants 2017 Player Review: Starting Pitchers

Nick San Miguel
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants throws a pitch in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants throws a pitch in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants waves to the fans showing gratitude leaving the game after the top of the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park on September 30, 2017 in San Francisco, California. This was Cains last pitching performance as he is retiring at the end of the season. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

RHP. San Francisco Giants. MATT CAIN. A+.

Matt Cain

Record: 3-11

ERA: 5.43

IP: 124.1

GS: 23

Yeah, yeah I know. You’re probably sick of Matt Cain tribute pieces. That’s not what this is going to be.

This is going to be strictly about Matt Cain’s 2017 performance, which was poor . . . except for the last bit. That last bit is why he gets an A+.

When I look back on the 2017 Giants, sure I’ll think about how bad they were. I’ll also think about Matt Cain riding off into the sunset after 5 shutout innings. It was beautiful, it was moving, and I almost cried. It was the best part of 2017 by a mile so if you have a problem with my A+ grade, you can go like another team.

Other than the last game, it was a struggle for the horse, who’s been more of a pony the last couple years. He posted great numbers in April, with the Giants winning three of his first five starts.

Then he got clobbered for 9 ER in Cincinnati in his first start of May. He had some decent starts after that, but he was more or less the same Matt Cain we’ve seen the last three years.

I think we all would’ve loved to see Matt Cain have some sort of magical resurgence year where he reestablished himself as an integral part of the rotation. Alas, that wasn’t meant to be.

At least he gave us something positive to remember about this season. If only he had done a few more things to positively affect this franchise while he was in orange and black.

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