Matt Cain: 5 Reasons Why He Will Rebound Against Los Angeles Dodgers

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# 3 – Walks and Whiffs Are Looking Good

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

Despite his struggles with the long ball and big innings thus far, Cain is doing a fine job of what he always does best–whiff batters at a healthy rate, while allowing men to reach via base on balls very scarcely. This is a very good sign when he struggles because it shows that once he rights the ship, he’ll be just as effective as we know he is. With a 3-1 K / BB ratio (32 whiffs and 10 walks through 34.2 IP), Cain could easily start churning out more quality starts with improved command.

He has 60 punch-outs against these Dodgers, so it’s just icing on the cake that some of the best hitters on their team won’t be present during his start on Sunday.