No one wants to call the fifth game of a 162 game season pivotal. Yet, I am going to do that right now because for a certain pitcher on the Arizona Diamondbacks, there is no question that it is pivotal. It hasn’t been an easy go of it for Trevor Cahill over the past year. From enduring his first trip to the disabled list, to his first season of less than ten wins to his rocky Spring Training and first regular season outing of 2014, Cahill needs a big performance tonight. It would also be a big boost to his team for him to fire seven innings just like Wade Miley did last night and help the D’backs avoid a 1-4 start.
Up until this year, the trade that bought the sinkerballer to Phoenix from the Oakland A’s was looking like a bust as both of the guys he was traded for have had immediate success with their new team. Jarrod Parker established himself as one of the best young starting pitchers in the American League and Ryan Cook made the All Star team in 2012 and has appeared in 142 games over the past two seasons. Both men have started the season on the disable list; Parker is out for the season after having elbow surgery and Cook has shoulder inflammation. At age 26, there is still some time left for Cahill with Arizona to make this trade at least somewhat even for Kevin Towers. However, with management having the playoffs as a goal for the 2014 season, he may indeed have not much time left in the rotation to get himself straightened out.
Cahill had a 5.48 ERA in four starts against the San Francisco Giants last season. Nothing gets a guy back on track better than shutting down a division nemesis. Let’s hope for the best.