The file on Matt Cain
Matt Cain was born in Dothan, Alabama. He played baseball at Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee. Cain was drafted by the Giants with the 25th pick in the first round of the 2002 MLB draft. For the Mustangs, he threw 88-92 MPH and intimidated batters with his six-foot-three, 230-pound frame.
Major league debut
Cain made his major league debut at home against the the Colorado Rockies on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005. He pitched five innings, allowed two earned runs on three hits, and walked four hitters. Cain was six weeks shy of his 21st birthday when he was called up from the minors -- making him the youngest Giant to start a game in 21 years.
Rookie of the Year candidate
Cain finished his first full season in fifth place for the NL Rookie of the Year award. He started 31 games, recorded 179 strikeouts, and won 13 games for the Giants in 2006.
Cain struggled in his next two seasons. His win total dropped to single digits in 2007 (7-16) and 2008 (8-14). "The Horse" had a total of 21 no decisions and received very little run support (3.2 and 3.1 per game) in his third and fourth year with the Giants.
All Star in 2009
Cain made the National League All Star team for the first time in his career in 2009. However, he did not participate in the mid-summer classic. In his final start before the All Star Game, Cain was hit by a line drive below his elbow, and was forced to miss the festivities.
World Series champion
Cain reached the playoffs for the first time in his career in 2010. He helped the Giants win the NL West and their first World Series title in San Francisco. In the postseason, he became the fifth pitcher to toss at least 20 innings without allowing an earned run.
Cain signed a six-year contract extension with the Giants in 2012. The deal is worth $127.5 million and includes a no trade clause, as well as, a player option for 2018. His option would become guaranteed if he pitches 200 innings in 2017 or 400 innings combined in 2016-17, and is not on the disabled list at the end of the 2017 season for a right elbow or right shoulder injury.
Cain made history against the Houston Astros on June 13, 2012. He became the first pitcher to throw a perfect game for the Giants in San Francisco. Cain k'd 14 batters, tying Sandy Koufax for the most strikeouts in a perfect game since 1900.
Cain's 2012 memorable and remarkable season was capped off with winning another World Series title. He struck out five batters and posted a 3.86 ERA against the Detroit Tigers. Cain is 1-0 with seven strikeouts and has a combined 1.84 ERA in the World Series (2010 and 2012).