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Postby gmoney973 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:39 am

He is really lighting it up this year...
another great outing yesterday, a complete game

however i noticed he has only pitched against kinda garbage offenses so far (san diego, colorado, arizona)

is this guy for real? will he finish the season with an ERA under four ? last year his era was in the 4s

what are your final season stat projections for him?
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Postby blakcSiR » Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:01 am

did u miss this guys second half last year?
he dominated
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Postby pangbones » Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:27 am

When he's on, he's almost unhittable!! He'll struggle at times, but he should post a sub 4 era!! He's the real deal!!
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Postby TopHatCat » Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:20 am

The only real downside with Cain is SF's inability to score runs for him. So he's probably going to finish with around 11-14 wins when he deserves around 18 the way he's been pitching.

Everything else will look good though, lots of k's, low ratios. He pitches in a good pitcher's park and the teams in his division aren't exactly offensive juggernauts
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Postby kbarre » Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:43 am

What I specifically like about Cain is what other hitters are saying about him. He hits low to mid 90's on his fastball, but hitters are always saying it "seems" faster. That "seemingly" faster fastball has been working for two seasons now. I think it's safe to say he's an excellent mainstay for Fantasy stats.

The only downfall that I see for Cain is that whenever he gets rattled, he gets visibly frustrated on the mound and he then walks a guy or two. This is much better than it was last season, but it's still a bit of an issue for him.

However 5 hits given up in his last 29 innings tells me he's worked a hella lot on being more composed out there. Guys just can't hit that rising fastball he throws.

When he's off though, so far this season, he's been able to ratchet it back in and get on track. If he gets through the first 3 innings, he's lights out the rest of the way.
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Postby zhutou » Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:30 pm

i'm so mad. i completely forgot about him come draft day even though i owned him last year during his second half tear. this kid is the real deal and should be solid, especially in the Ks department.
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Postby Wade Boggs' Mustache » Mon Apr 23, 2007 2:04 pm

Baseball Tonight talked about Cain last night and through 200 career innings, he has a better batting average against than Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax at the same points in their careers; that's some good company.
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