Trevor Cahill’s Struggles Continue


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Trevor Cahill started the season 6-0, but the A's have gone 0-7 in his last seven appearances. (Photo Credit: AP)

After starting the season 6-0, A’s right-hander Trevor Cahill has struggled a bit over his last seven starts. Cahill, now 6-5 with a 3.42 ERA, has been struggling recently with his command, and has issued a total of 28 walks over his last seven starts.

In his last start against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, the A’s young righty allowed a staggering seven walks, while failing to strike out an opposing hitter. He lasted just 4.2 innings on Tuesday, and it’s become quite apparent that the A’s young ace is in a bit of a funk.

For Oakland, pitching is the team’s biggest strength, but the team’s recent injuries have taken a toll on the starting rotation. The team cannot afford to have Cahill, who signed an extension earlier this season, to continue to struggle for the rest of the season. This month, Cahill’s stats read like this: 0-2, 14.0 IP, 20 hits allowed, 15 earned runs, 11 BB, 9 K, 2.21 WHIP, 9.64 ERA. Those numbers are definitely a far cry from his early season performance in April and May. 

Cahill’s command issues have the righty ranking second in the American League with 41 walks. The 23-year old pitched well last season, going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA, and started this year off on the right foot. Recently, however, Cahill hasn’t looked like the same pitcher. Is he hurt? Could he be hiding an injury because of Oakland’s already overflowing disabled-list?

Hopefully for Oakland, Cahill is just dealing with mechanical problems and not a major problem concerning his health. The A’s will have help on the way shortly, as flamethrower Rich Harden is nearing a return to Oakland’s rotation. The A’s expect Harden to eventually begin a rehab stint in Triple-A Sacramento, and will likely use him as a starter in the rotation. Until that extra help arrives, however, Oakland will need Cahill to iron out his problems, and return to the form that helped him win 18 games last season.

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  • Mike Boylan

    No reason A’s fans should count on Harden for anything. Whereas Harden used to be the oft-injured but lights-out-when-healthy type pitcher, he showed he has lost something (or everything) last year with the Rangers. Unless he was hurt, the guy was just awful, leading to his outright release. I know the word is that Harden has looked good in a simulation game, but what the (bleep) does that really mean? It’s not 2007 anymore; we can’t just expect that a healthy Harden is a dominant or even good pitcher. Look up his numbers last year. Awful.

    • Joseph Lopez

      Mike,

      I agree that Harden isn’t exactly reliable, but if he’s healthy, why not put him in the rotation. He did have a rough season with Texas last year, as his K/9 rate declined from 10.92 in 2009 to 7.34, but I do believe that he’s still got something to offer to this team. His biggest problem last season was his control, and if he can fix his mechanical problems, he should be fine. He lost a little speed on his fastball last year, but if he’s fully-healthy, I say give him a shot in the rotation. The A’s definitely need all the help they can get at this point.

      Thanks for the read & comment!

      -Joseph

  • Mike Boylan

    Certainly Harden deserves a shot in this marginal rotation right now, all I’m saying is that I expect little to nothing from him. And only because I have no reason to.

    • Joseph Lopez

      Yes, I agree that expectations regarding Harden’s impact should be kept realistic. This is, after all, a guy who has a history with health problems. If he is healthy, the A’s should be able to get a couple of effective starts out of the guy this year. It’s not like the team is paying him all that much anyway. His $1.5 million contract wasn’t all that risky.