The San Diego Padres aren’t the best of baseball teams in the MLB this season. Despite playing in the National League West, a division that has largely been disappointing to start this season, they are still 5.5 games out of the division lead and have just a 21-26 record. It’s been a rough first couple of months for the Padres.
The worst part for the Padres has been their bats, which have been awfully silent for the majority of the year. Their starting rotation has also been questionable at times as they have a 4.99 combined ERA this season. That’s one of the reasons that they decided to move Andrew Cashner from the bullpen into the starting rotation early in the year. That’s turned out to be a fantastic move by San Diego.
In six starts Cashner has a 3-2 record, but that’s not fully indicative of the success that he’s had. He’s pitched 35.1 innings, which has less to do with his success and more to do with his conversion from a reliever to a starter. In that limited amount of work, though, Cashner has arguably been their best starting pitcher.
Cashner currently has a 2.80 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP as a starter, both of which lead the Padres this season. He has a decent 6.11 strikeouts per nine innings ratio to go along with you. The only real possible point of concern is that his strikeout-to-walk ratio is at 2.18 and that his xFIP is currently at 4.26, but he’s overcome both of those things so far.
There’s very little chance that Cashner becomes an ace in this league now that he’s in San Diego’s rotation, but they have enjoyed a solid start to the season from him. If he can continue this level of play, the Padres may have a chance to get back into the race in the rather lowly NL West.