The Diamondbacks had Trevor Cahill on the mound making his second start of the season, but this start looked more like his first where he struggled with the command and location of his pitches. The first inning for a starting pitcher can be a way for him to set the tone for the rest of the game.
Cahill has had issues with pitching in the first inning since he has joined the starting rotation in Arizona, as indicated by 6.35 ERA in the first inning. He seems to have to a problem with focusing and establishing some consistency.
The righty seems to find a way to settle down after the first inning, but he has to find a way to throw quality strikes in the first inning to at least give the Diamondbacks a chance to win the games that he pitches.
Another issue that Cahill has is that he walks too many batters when he pitches. When Cahill walks batters, he has a habit of leaving his sinker pitch up in the strike zone to opposing hitters.When Cahill has good command, his sinker is down in the strike zone, and this makes it harder to for the opposition to have any success of getting on base.
The Diamondbacks will need Cahill to solve his first-inning problems to be a competitive team this season.