The San Francisco Giants have dropped their last two games to the Milwaukee Brewers, and it will be Matt Cain’s job to avoid a sweep, which for the Giants in Milwaukee, is a rarity, as they haven’t been swept at Miller Park since 2008.
In his last start against the Chicago Cubs, Cain allowed two runs over seven innings. Both of those runs came off of solo homers. His pitching line is perfectly fine, but he did struggle to grasp his command and needed 113 pitches to get through only seven innings. It’s just not the usual efficiency the Giants are used to seeing from him.
Cain did go 1-0 against the Brewers last year, allowing six runs in 14 innings. That’s been a common trend for Cain against the Brewers, as he has a career 4.50 ERA against them in nine starts. Worse, he’s 2-3 with a 5.56 ERA at Miller Park.
However, Cain has only received a grand total of two runs of support this year–nothing new. And unfortunately for Cain, there’s a good chance that the lack of run support continues on Thursday, because the Giants won’t have an easy assignment with Yovani Gallardo, who’s a lifetime 5-3 against San Francisco with a 2.96 ERA. Additionally seven of the eight starts he’s made against them have been quality starts.
Gallardo gave up five runs to the St.Louis Cardinals is his last start. He didn’t issue any walks, but allowed seven hits over 5.1 innings of work.
Perhaps the Giants have caught him at a good time in the year. He has a 6.61 ERA in three starts, and is allowing over 14 hits per nine innings. One of the few positives in this young season for Gallardo is the fact that he has only issued three walks in 16.1 innings. Entering the season, he had a career 3.5 BB/9 rate, so he’s making strides on that front. It just hasn’t led to much success.