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San Francisco Giants: Five best starting pitchers of the 2010s

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the first inning at AT&T Park on September 16, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the first inning at AT&T Park on September 16, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the San Diego Padres in the top of the first inning at AT&T Park on September 30, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

3. Matt Cain

The No. 3 spot on this list belongs to “Big Sugar” or “Big Daddy” or “The Horse” or whatever you wish to call Matt Cain holds a spot on this list.

The No. 25 pick in the 2002 draft, Cain debuted in 2005 and spent his entire 13-year career in a San Francisco Giants uniform.

He went on to win three World Series titles with the team, posting a 2.10 ERA in eight postseason starts, including a brilliant 2010 postseason where he didn’t allow an earned run in 21.1 innings of work over three starts.

Among his other highlights, he also threw a perfect game against the Houston Astros in 2012, was a three-time All-Star and finished in the top 10 in NL Cy Young voting twice.

Injuries took their toll later in his career and he struggled to make it through a full season, but the role in played in two of the team’s title runs and his impressive peak as one of the top pitchers in the National League is enough to earn him a prominent place on this list.

Cain finished his career at 104-118 with a 3.68 ERA in 2,085.2 innings.

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