And there you have it. The final major question of 2017 San Francisco Giants spring training has been answered.
Matt Cain will start the season as the team’s fifth starter, reported by NBC Sport’s Alex Pavlovic.
Matt Cain is the fifth starter, Bochy said.
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) March 31, 2017
Cain is entering the last year of his contract. He was locked in a battle with Ty Blach for the final spot in the starting rotation. Bochy said Friday that Blach would come out of the bullpen to start the year.
This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. On Tuesday Matt Cain threw 99 pitches in a start against the Cubs. Thursday night in the team’s first Bay Bridge pre-season series with the A’s, Ty Blach came out of the pen in the 7th inning.
Cain is currently the longest-tenured Giants player on the roster. Take a closer look at Cain’s career in San Francisco: