Whoever votes on the weekly and monthly awards in each league should really camp out and watch the tapes of San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner. This guy is one of the main reasons the Padres have played their way out of a protected draft pick this month. He is 2 – 1 on the month and gave up zero earned runs in the loss. The numbers go deeper than that though. I’m not sure what the criteria is for the NL Pitcher of the Month but I’m certain Cashner should either win or get a written explanation for why he didn’t.
Though his entire season hasn’t been this good, Cashner has put up 23.2 innings in this month over three starts and given up 2 runs. That is good enough for a 0.76 ERA for the month thus far. I can’t imagine anyone has been better than that. Sure he isn’t in a pennant race but who cares? He has gone out and beaten more than one team that is in that realm but regardless, the best pitching performance should go to the best pitching performance.
There are probably one or two starters that have done a decent job of sticking with Cashner but I don’t hesitate to say that a guy with the month that he had deserves some kind of award. This is a guy who threw seven innings and gave up zero earned runs to the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitched a 1-hit shutout against the wildcard leading Pittsburgh Pirates. Yeah, if I had a vote he’d definitely be my choice for NL Pitcher of the Month.