Cain Looks To Get On Track Versus Diamondbacks: Game Preview

Matt Cain’s stats–0-2, 7.15 ERA–aren’t what most would have expected, even through just four starts. Patrick Corbin’s 2013 performance is quite the opposite, both in what pundits expected, and what the overall stats show.

In three starts, Corbin has a 1.42 ERA, which ranks seventh in the National League among qualified starters. He allowed just one run over seven innings against the New York Yankees is his last start.

Apr 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Diamondbacks, amidst a 2-5 road trip, hope Corbin can even the series against the San Francisco Giants. The lefty has made five career starts against the Giants. He’s 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA overall, but 0-2 with an 11.25 ERA at AT&T Park.

Meanwhile, the Giants, who are 4-0 in Tim Lincecum’s starts, are still searching for their first win when Cain pitches. This isn’t entirely Cain’s fault, though. He’s received just three runs of support in his four starts, following a career-long trend that’s deprived him of some wins.

Overall against the Diamondbacks, Cain is 13-6 with a 3.34 ERA and two compelte games. He’s been better recently, however. The right-hander had a perfect 3-0 record with a 2.63 ERA against Arizona last year. And since 2010, he’s 9-2 with a 2.84 ERA.

Notes:

  • Pablo Sandoval is hitting .571 (12-for-21) with runners in scoring positon this year (second in NL)
  • The Giants are 5-1 against lefities this year
  • Miguel Montero owns two career home runs in 43 at-bats against Cain
  • Diamondbacks are 5-6 in last 11 games against the Giants

 

Topics: Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants

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