If you were to tell me that after only a month into the season, Jean Machi (1-0) would have a better record than Matt Cain, I would probably have laughed you out of town. The fact that this is now a reality is somewhat frightening; taking a disappointing record of 0-2 into the month of May, Cain has shown some early struggles, and all signs point to that trend continuing unless a couple of major factors change.
Not all of the failure can be attributed to Cain‘s undoing, as opponents have outscored San Francisco 35-12 in five of his six outings and the Giants have made many of their errors during his starts. But a few consistent flaws have continuously done Cain in, and only once has his club been able to get him out of the jam. This is disappointing, because he is so integral for the San Francisco Giants’ success, and has been the most consistent starter during his entire tenure with San Francisco.
So what keeps doing Cain in?