Jun 16, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Cashner – Starting Pitcher
Traded to the Padres in the deal that brought two-time All-Star Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs, Cashner has all the stuff of a front-line starting pitcher.
He regularly sits in the mid-to-upper 90s with his fastball and, at times, seems like he is ready to break out and put San Diego on his back.
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This season, at first glance, you may think he’s struggled. That is, if you’re still relying on a pitcher’s win-loss record as an indicator of success.
Already with 10 losses under his belt, the right-hander boasts a respectable 3.93 ERA, 3.78 FIP and 1.311 WHIP. While it’s certainly not a horrible performance for a guy making just $4 million this season, it’s a far cry from what many considered to be his breakout campaign in 2014.
Last year, the former Cubs prospect pitched to a career-best 2.55 earned run average and 3.21 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 19 starts spanning 123 1/3 innings of work.
So which version of Cashner is what you should expect?
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