MLB: June Swoon for Trevor Cahill
Thank goodness the month of June has ended for the Diamondback fans, as well as the players. It was a sour month that the team would like to forget. It was especially troublesome for the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation. A 22-game win-less streak, injuries, short outings, an inconsistent bullpen and even a suspension. Let’s just say it was not pretty.
All of the pitchers struggled, but for one Trevor Cahill it was an extremely difficult “JUNE SWOON”. Cahill entered the month 3-5 with a 2.88 ERA and had pitched in 29 consecutive outings without giving up more than four runs. That streak came to an end when he allowed five runs in a 7-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals back on June 3rd; things would only get worse for him as the month rolled on.
When the month finally ended Cahill was 0-5 with a 9.85 ERA. He gave up five or more runs on four separate occasions — including a season-high eight against the San Francisco Giants. He had to leave that start early due to injury and wound up with a no-decision. His only positive start was against the Padres. He did lose that game but he had 10 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of work on June 14 against the San Diego Padres.
Before June of 2013 the 25-year-old had never lost more than four games in a given month.
Cahill, now second in the National League with 10 losses, has not won since May 17 and when Cahill has started in 2013 the Diamondbacks are 6-11.
Cahill was placed on the DL yesterday due to a bruised hip. He will most likely be back after the All-Star break. The Diamondbacks will have a decision to make when he returns. Do you put him in the bullpen and move Josh Collmenter to a starter’s spot? Can he do what Collmenter has been doing; working as a long relief pitcher? Do they send him to Triple A Reno to work on his mechanics and confidence? The Diamondbacks will not cut him. He is only 25 and he is signed to a 4-year $30 million contract which will be too expensive for teams to trade for him.
Let’s hope Cahill is about to return to the quality starter he once was and help the Diamondbacks to a NL Western Division championship!
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