April 10, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Trevor Cahill (35) throws during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Last night’s Diamondbacks4-2 victory over the Padresin 11 innings showcased the continued torrid starts of Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt. It also marked the regular season debut of newly acquired Trevor Cahill. It was far from pretty but it was enough to help Arizona get off to their first 4-0 start in club history.
Cahill brought his old friend the walk over from the A’s as he issued 6 free passes in 6 innings. However, some timely pitches kept the Padres to a single run until he left the game. In the second, Cahill walked the bases loaded before ending the inning with a strikeout of Cameron Maybin. His location issues got the better of him in the third when a wild pitch allowed Chase Headley to go to third and then score on a ground out by Jesus Guzman. The big righty settled down after that allowing two baserunners over his final three innnings of work.
If Cahill can ever get his walks down, we could be looking at one dominant hurler. At 6″4 and 220 pounds, he can be very difficult on right-handed hitters. His heavy sinker should make balls tough to get into the air. Still, he is only 24 years old and already won 41 games at the Major League level. His future and that of his team appear to be extremely bright.