San Francisco’s Matt Cain was shelled again last night, bringing his season ERA to a Lima-esque 7.04. With seven starts under his belt, the Giants can reasonably conclude they have given him his chance to work through his difficulties and remove him from the rotation. Whether this means a demotion to AAA or to long relief is meaningless.
If Eddie Guardado and Francisco Cordero can lose the jobs due to ineffectiveness, then Cain can certainly do so.
One more poor start, and I expect, at a minimum, to see the Giants skip his turn in the rotation.
I do have a caveat, though. His WHIP is only 1.54, which I’d think was too low for such a high ERA. If that holds, then he could be in store for a rebound.
Regardless, I think his value is zero. If you disagree, you should attempt to get him via trade for close to nothing i.e. the throw-in in a hitter for pitcher trade.