The Giants are in desperate need of a strong outing from a starting pitcher to put an end to their current five-game skid and normally Matt Cain would be just the man for the job.
But Cain hasn’t been his normally reliable self in 2013.
The right-hander is off to an 0-2 start and is sporting a 6.59 ERA. To make matters even more troubling, Cain will be tasked with stopping the losing streak in hitter friendly Chase Field in Phoenix.
In 16 career starts in the home of the Diamondbacks, Cain owns a 4.13 ERA and has allowed 11 home runs, more than any other visiting ballpark he has pitched at.
Cain is coming off a start at home against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday in which he went six innings, allowed four runs (three earned) and struck out six.
The positives for Cain are that he has allowed three earned runs or less in two of his past three starts and his strikeout-to-walk ratio this season is a sparkling 26-to-6.
Cain will be opposed by Arizona’s Ian Kennedy (1-2, 4.70).
NOTES: The Giants catch a break and won’t see Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius, who was placed on the seven-day disabled list Sunday after being hit in the head with a pitch on Friday. ... The Giants have struggled away from AT&T Park, losing eight of 13 road games this season. ... Giants catcher Buster Posey is riding a nine-game hitting streak. In that span, he has nine RBIs and six extra-base hits.