Through 10 innings, he has already walked 9 batters. I loved that through 90 2007 post-ABS innings, he only walks 27 batters compared to 40 through 99 post-ASB innings in 2006. That difference really made his second half improvement stick out this time to me.
It's still obviously too early to panic and I only have Cain on one team that has a pretty strong staff but I just remember it basically boiling down to ignoring everything but the walks. The overall numbers still turned out nicely but last April, he gave up 5 more walks than hits and that was one of the clearest giveaways that he was going to get rocked hard like he did in May and then got hit even harder during July. I'm hoping to see more consistency because he can easily become a top ten starter. I drafted Dice K over him in my supplemental keeper draft after I threw Cain back and so far, it's looking like a good decision.
Hopefully Cain can turn his walks trend around so the draft keepers and trades forum won't get flooded with DROP MATT CAIN FOR GUILLERMO MOTA?!?!?!!? topics by summer.