He's allowed runs in only 4 of his 16 outings, with his outing on Saturday being the only one in which he gave up more then 1 run. Opponents hit .175/.313/.325 off him in April. He has an era of 1.94 covering all his outings except Saturday's. Is that really a case of letting someone "continue to implode"?
I still haven't gone back and watched the brutal outing, but I do wonder why he was allowed to throw 39 pitches in 2/3 of an inning. His GB/FB ratio of 2.73 is pretty nifty as well.
Considering he didn't really pitch last year, I agree with letting him get back into the swing of things more before even considering a move to the rotation. Doubt he makes a start in 2012 for that very reason. Would hate to move Cashner to the rotation pre-maturely only to see his arm fall off.
Maybe Jeff Suppan is their lucky rabbit foot. That shit pitcher that team just happens to play their best behind. I like Buddy pulling him after 5 innings rather then testing his luck. Stauffer is starting tonight which might be his last minor league assignment. So Suppan might only get 1 more start as it is.
On another note, the Tucson Padres tagged former teammate Wade Leblanc for 9 er's last night.
I don't think I follow on Cashner. He's striking out a decent amount of guys, which is the single most important metric. It's early to make any definitive judgment - but he's certainly not striking... more