Andrew Cashner has been a bright spot in a gloomy season for the San Diego Padres.
Cashner has an 10-8 record and ERA of 3.21. Those are not exactly the type of statistics that will put him in the Cy Young race. It’s been an erratic season at times, but he has usually kept the earned runs low. Cashner continues to have excellent control and keeps runners off the bases. He’s been keeping his walks down and has shown excellent control most of the time.
Cashner’s value has really rocketed with the Padres. While the team is having a rough season, Cashner is having a good one. He came into Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates not having given up more than three earned runs in his last 10 starts and recording a 4-4 mark with a 2.78 ERA in that stretch. He was nearly flawless in a one-hitter against the Pirates while only allowing one baserunner.
Cashner is also limiting his pitch count. He and his teammates love playing in Pittsburgh. They have won 17 of the last 20 games there. But with a 69-80 record this season, the Padres could have used more luck at other cities this season. The Padres have an excellent pitcher with Cashner. There’s no reason he can’t win more than 15 games every season. He needs to get more support offensively from his teammates.
Cashner is the type of pitcher who can help San Diego make a stronger run next season.