The Seagulls Are Circling: Matt Cain Gets Shelled By Cubs, Twitter
Rick Chandler 12:12 am, August 26th, 2015
In March of 2012, Matt Cain signed the most lucrative contract for a right-handed pitcher in baseball history -- $112.5 million through 2017. That should have scared the poop out of Giants fans, who have a tainted history with such massive deals for starting pitchers (Barry Zito).
Sure enough, fast-forward to April of 2015, and Cain is placed on the 15-day disabled list with UCL and elbow issues. That turned into a lengthy rehab process, and he finally returned to the Giants rotation on July 9, exactly one year after his previous game pitched.
Seems like Cain, so reliable in World Series runs in 2010 and 2012 that he earned the nickname "horse", came back too soon. He started tonight against Chicago, and ...
The Cubs lead the Giants 6-0 tonight in the top of the 5th (UPDATE: 8-1), and Cain his given up two homers (8 hits, 6 ER over 5.0 innings). The Cubs are about to put the Giants out of the wild card business -- SF will be 7 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the last WC spot if it loses tonight.
Good news for Giants fans -- they're 2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. But we may have seen the last of Cain as a starter this season, or perhaps ever.