The A's just don't know what to make of Trevor Cahill's season.
A 2010 All-Star, Cahill started off the season 6-0 and tied for the league lead in wins. Since then, Cahill is 3-12 and the major-league leader in losses in that time.
But there is no clear indication what's gone wrong, other than the fact that Cahill seems to be up in the zone more in games in which he gets into real trouble. Video shows no major difference between Cahill's delivery last year and this, and the quality of his stuff, particularly his excellent sinker, remains good. His velocity is fine.
One pitch has given him a bit more trouble recently because Cahill has had a finger bruise that made it hard to throw his spike curveball, but he doesn't use the pitch extensively, anyway.
Manager Bob Melvin said he thinks Cahill is having trouble finding his release point, and that Cahill's troubles are simply a matter of consistency, because it's not just one good start followed by one poor one -- it's often inning to inning.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki said that Cahill's fastball moves so much that sometimes he has trouble controlling it. And when Cahill overthrows, he has a tendency to leave the ball up in the zone, which was a major issue in his seven-run outing versus Toronto on Thursday.
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