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Matt Cain

I'd love to hear people's thoughts on what Cain has done in his last few starts to start to turn things around this season.

My (admittedly amateurish) thoughts:  Cain's velocity may be up a little, consistently hitting 95-96 with his fastball, at least out of the windup.  (I thought John had him at more like 92-94 in the prospect book.)  Maybe he is hiding the ball better, and that together with the increased velocity is hard for the hitters to catch up to.  

I did not see his starts earlier in the year when he was so dreadful, but he seems to be throwing a ton of fastballs (75% or more, by rough count).  His command seems OK, but I don't know how long he can get by throwing challenge fastballs to major league hitters without working in his breaking ball more often.

Is there something anyone can put their finger on?

Or is this just a case of the usual ups and downs of a young pitcher, especially one who's had his confidence shaken a bit.

Thanks in advance for any insight!

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