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San Francisco Giants: Selecting the 2010s All-Decade Team

Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series by a score of 3-2 at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 13: Matt Cain /

No. 2 Starter: RHP Matt Cain (2010-17)

Stats: 60-67, 3.79 ERA (98 ERA+), 1.21 WHIP, 965 K, 1,213.1 IP, 9.9 WAR

The No. 25 pick in the 2002 MLB draft, Matt Cain became a staple in the San Francisco rotation in 2006 and took his game to another level with a breakout 2009 season.

As far as his performance during the 2010s, during the first three years of the decade, he was one of the best pitchers in the National League.

During that time, he logged a 2.94 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 549 strikeouts in 664.1 innings, making a pair of All-Star Game appearances and showing up on the NL Cy Young balloting all three years.

He did not allow an earned run in 21.1 innings during the 2010 postseason, and he posted a 2.10 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 51.1 career playoff innings over eight starts.

Injuries took a toll after 2013, and he failed to live up to the six-year, $127.5 million extension he signed at the start of the 2012 season. Still, he’s a deserving choice for the No. 2 spot on the All-Decade staff.

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