Trevor Cahill had one of his best performances of the season in his previous start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He did a great job of not allowing any base runners, and had flawless control of all his pitches in that start.
The Arizona Diamondbacks believed that Cahill was making strides in becoming a dominant starting pitcher for them. Cahill was set to go up against a surging team in the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, who has looked invincible at home this season.
One of the issues that Cahill has had in his starts this season is that, he could not escape the first inning without allowing the opposing team to score off him.
He had all of his pitches working for him in the initial inning, and had good command of the strike zone. But that would be the only time in this game where he had any success facing the Rockies line up.
The other issue Cahill has shown this season is that there is lack of consistency with how he performs from one start to the next. Cahill had plenty of chances when he was ahead of the Rockies hitters in this game, but was unable to finish them off with his pitches.
Cahill has a bad habit of falling behind the hitters that he faces, and this is what causes him to have a high walk rate. The ability to put hitters away early in the count is what separates a great pitcher from one who is average.
The success for Arizona will hinge on Cahill making improvements as the season progresses.
Chris is the Diamondbacks writer for RantSports.com
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