Trevor Cahill chewed up innings for the Cubs in middle relief in 2016, making 50 appearances and finishing with a 2.47 ERA. Unfortunately, FIP tells a more accurate story, as Cahill sat at 4.35 in that indicator thanks to a 4.8 BB/9 and 0.96 HR/9. Not surprisingly, his ERA at home (2.05) was much better than his numbers on the road (3.34). Even when he showed signs of improvement with his home-run rate in the second half, that growth was accompanied by a lower strikeout rate (7.3 K/9) and still-elevated walk rate (4.0 BB/9). Although his performance graded out as replacement level last season, Cahill's pedigree and that he's relatively new to relief work should lead him into a competition for another 25-man roster spot. However, even though he signed a deal with the Padres, it seems like his days of being anything more than a spot starter are over. One path to further success for Cahill may include throwing more changeups, as opposing hitters hit .096 against his change with a meager .137 slugging percentage in 2016.
Cahill (2-1) tossed seven strong innings Friday, holding the Marlins to one run on three hits while striking out six in a 5-3 victory. The veteran pitcher was aggressive against a streaky Marlins lineup, throwing 67 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Cahill has displayed a newfound ability to strike batters out as a starter this season, posting a 10.3 K/9 while keeping his walks at career norms (3.4 BB/9). It is early in the season, so we shouldn't overreact to three starts, but the 29-year-old looks like a different pitcher in a Padres uniform. Perhaps his toughest test will come in his next start on the road against a potent Arizona lineup. If Cahill comes out of that start unscathed, we may have to begin considering him as a mixed-league option going forward.
Cahill (0-2) allowed four runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out eight over 5.2 innings in Sunday's 9-2 loss to the Braves. It was just Cahill's second start on the season after landing on the disabled list with a lower-back strain. The 29-year-old has now allowed six runs in his two starts this year and isn't a very intriguing fantasy play. Cahill's combined 15 strikeouts look nice, but that kind of K/9 is unlikely to last deep into the season.
Cahill (back) was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday. Cahill hit the DL early in the season due to a lower-back strain, but as expected, he'll be back up to start Sunday against the Braves. The 29-year-old posted a 2.74 ERA as a long man for the Cubs in 2016 and, in his first start of 2017, allowed two earned runs over 5.2 innings, striking out seven.
Cahill was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a lower-back strain, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. This is the first report of Cahill dealing with any sort of injury. It's unclear if this is something that flared up on his off-day or if it was a result of his outing following Wednesday's game against the Dodgers in which he tossed 5.2 innings of three-run ball. It's similarly unclear if he'll require more time on the shelf than the 10 days he'll serve on the DL. More news regarding this injury should hopefully become available shortly. Zach Lee has been recalled from Triple-A El Paso to fill the open 25-man roster spot.
Cahill will start the Padres' third game of the regular season, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Cahill has reincorporated his cut fastball to expand his repertoire and build his case for the rotation, and it seems to have paid off. Once a hyped prospect, he's still just 29 years old and could find a long-term stay in a rotation that needs any semblance of stability.
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