Showing posts with label Matt Cain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Matt Cain. Show all posts

Friday, June 06, 2014

Preview: Game 61 - Mets at Giants - Niese (3-3) vs Cain (1-3)

Preview: Game 61
New York Mets (28-32) at San Francisco Giants (39-21)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (3-3) 2.69 ERA vs Matt Cain (1-3) 3.66 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 10:15 PM


The San Francisco Giants already own the best record in baseball, and one of the major's best pitching staffs. Now, they're getting Matt Cain back.

Cain returns from his second stint on the disabled list Friday night, when the Giants attempt to avoid their longest home losing streak to the New York Mets.

San Francisco (39-21) is on the verge of becoming the first team to reach 40 wins, and much of that success can be traced to a 3.05 ERA that ranks third in baseball.

The rotation has been particularly impressive with a 2.46 ERA over the last 15 games, a stretch that started with Cain (1-3, 3.66 ERA) suffering a strained right hamstring in a 5-1 win at Colorado on May 21. He tossed three no-hit innings before exiting.

Cain, a three-time All-Star, was on the DL last month with a lacerated right index finger.

He seemed ready to return from his latest injury last Friday, but manager Bruce Bochy opted to play it safe and instead put him on the DL on May 31 retroactive to May 22.

Cain will now face the Mets at home for the first time since getting a career-low two outs while allowing three runs in a 7-2 defeat at home July 10.

That defeat was also the Giants' fifth straight to the Mets at AT&T Park. They've never endured a longer slide at home to New York, and their chances of that happening seem unlikely since they're 19-9 there this season while winning six of their last seven.

San Francisco opens this 10-game homestand after capping a 5-2 trip with Thursday's 6-1 defeat of Cincinnati.

Brandon Crawford had a three-run homer Thursday after going 4 for 31 over the previous 10 games. He's 9 for 21 in his past five versus New York (28-32).

The Mets are looking to show some improvement at the plate after going 4 for 30 with runners in scoring position while being swept in a three-game series by the Chicago Cubs. They were 2 for 13 in Thursday's 7-4 loss in the series finale.

Turning to Jon Niese (3-3, 2.69) could at least help on the mound. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 3.05 ERA over his last three games -- all New York wins -- and his latest may have been his most efficient performance of the season.

Niese yielded two runs and scattered eight hits while throwing only 91 pitches in eight innings of a 4-3 win in 11 at Philadelphia on Sunday.

Niese may heed his own words against the Giants since he owns a 2.33 ERA in four starts, but is just 1-2 since he's been backed by five total runs.

He didn't need much help in his last visit to San Francisco on Aug. 1, 2012, allowing one run and three hits in seven innings of a 2-1 victory.

Hunter Pence is 3 for 26 with seven strikeouts against Niese.

On the flip side, David Wright owns Matt Cain, he is batting .440 (11 for 25) with 6 Doubles... Ruben Tejada is batting .364 (4 for 11) vs Cain.

The Mets have to hit to be successful and facing one of the best pitching staffs in the NL is going to be a challenge for them... LGM!

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Monday, July 09, 2012

Cain will Start Over Dickey, Gonzalez over Wright in All-Star Game

NL manager Tony La Russa said Matt Cain and R.A. Dickey were "equally legitimate" contenders to serve as the starting pitcher for the National League in the All-Star Game, but he selected Cain in part because he already is catcher Buster Posey's regular-season battery-mate and therefore they have familiarity.

"I know Dickey's going to pitch," La Russa said. "And I'm very aware of the first half that he's had. By the way, our club and our hitters [with the Cardinals] in particular the last couple of years have [been] up close and personal to see how tough he is.

Cain candidly noted that he thought it might actually have been beneficial for Dickey to start, since it would have afforded the knuckleballer more time pregame to work with Posey so they could get acclimated.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Recap: Game 91 - Mets at Giants - Cain out-duels Pelfrey

Final Score: San Francisco 4, New York 2

Nate Schierholtz went 4-for-4, Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to 21 games and Matt Cain tossed six scoreless innings to help the Giants beat the Mets, 4-2, in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Sandoval doubled in the third inning to extend the streak. It's the longest by a Giant since Buster Posey hit safely in 21 straight last season. Jack Clark holds the San Francisco era record for longest hit streak with 26 games from June 30-July 25, 1978. The franchise record is 33 games, held by George Davis in 1893.

Schierholtz drove in a run and scored a run for the Giants, who head into the All-Star break with victories in four of their last five games.

Cain (8-5) gave up five hits for San Francisco, which sits in first place in the NL West with a 52-40 record. He struck out four and walked three. Since Cain started Sunday, he will be replaced by Braves closer Craig Kimbrel for Tuesday's All-Star Game.

"It's going to be a tough race," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's going to go deep in the season here."

Nick Evans hit a solo homer for New York, which has lost three of four to drop to 46-45 on the season. Justin Turner went 4-for-5 with an RBI.

Mike Pelfrey (5-8) allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked two in the loss.

"We came in here and faced three guys [Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Cain] that are going to the All-Star Game, so we didn't have an easy task in front of us. You've got to kind of keep it in perspective," Pelfrey said.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Matt Cain vs Mets: Beltran , Harris, and Bay have their share of success

New York Mets Career statistics vs. Matt Cain
Carlos Beltran13 6 2 1 0 4 1 1 .462 .500 .769 1.269
Willie Harris13 4 0 1 0 1 1 3 .308 .333 .462 .795
Ronny Paulino7 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .143 .143 .143 .286
Scott Hairston15 3 0 0 1 2 4 6 .200 .350 .400 .750
Jason Bay7 4 1 0 0 1 3 0 .571 .700 .714 1.414
Angel Pagan5 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .167 .000 .167
Daniel Murphy4 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .250 .333 .250 .583
Ruben Tejada3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000

The Mets will have to face the tough Matt Cain tonight. The Mets combined are batting .284 (19 for 67) off Cain, but only Beltran (.462) , Harris (.308), and Bay (.571) have had positive impacts against him.. In case your wondering,  Bay, Beltran, and Harris combined against Cain are batting .424 (14 for 33) with 3 2B's and 2 3B's. The rest of team that has faced him  .147 (5 for 34) , which makes the team average (.284) number very misleading..

Let's battle to end..... of the first half, Go Mets!
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