The All-Star break may have come at just the right time for Matt Cain, who wasn't able to find his form during a forgettable first half. His efforts could prove crucial down the stretch if the Giants hope to catch the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.
Cain tries to avoid a fourth consecutive loss as San Francisco tries to make up more ground on Arizona on Saturday night.
Named to the All-Star team in three of the previous four seasons, Cain (5-6, 5.06 ERA) hasn't come close to pitching at that level thus far. The right-hander owns the highest home ERA in the major leagues at 5.94 and has surrendered 16 homers, just six shy of his career high.
Cain went 0-3 with a 7.94 ERA in his final four starts before the break, and the last two were especially alarming. After yielding eight runs in 2 13 innings of a 10-2 loss to the Dodgers on July 5, Cain failed to make it out of the first inning for the first time in his career in a 7-2 loss to the Mets last Wednesday.
"To go out there and have...