Trevor Cahill has been a serviceable starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks since his arrival in 2012. However, the right-hander has struggled badly out of the gate to begin the 2014 season.
Through his first four starts of the season, Cahill has put up some disturbing numbers, dropping all four decisions in the process. This includes his Sunday afternoon start at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cahill went just four innings, allowing seven runs, six of then earned, including homers to Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp. He also walked five, bringing his season total to an alarming 13 in just 17.2 innings of work.
Cahill is now sitting on an inflated ERA of 9.17 along with a 2.15 WHIP. The Diamondbacks have to be disappointed with this current situation and may be losing patience with the right-hander. The Diamondbacks’ starting rotation has been pretty miserable in general, but Cahill is pitching exceptionally bad at the moment. Of course, others in the rotation have been just as awful, including Randall Delgado, who was officially removed from the rotation after his last start.
The Diamondbacks would probably be compelled to make a move with Cahill if there was a more appealing option ready to slide into the rotation, but that does not appear to be the case. Top prospect Archie Bradley is currently toiling at Triple-A Reno and will very likely join the big club sometime this season. However, the Diamondbacks would probably prefer to wait a while longer, which may give Cahill a momentary reprieve. Of course, if he continues to struggle, the team will be forced to take action.
Cahill is only 26 years old, so there is still time to right the ship. However, since an impressive 2010 season with the Oakland Athletics, Cahill has been decidedly mediocre. His career trajectory is now trending downward, and if he doesn’t figure it out soon, he may find himself on the outside looking in with Arizona.