Perhaps now is the time for Diamondbacks’ right-handerTrevor Cahill to pick himself off the mat.
With starter Brandon McCarthy on the disabled list, the setback to Daniel Hudson and inconsistencies associated to Ian Kennedy and Wade Miley, a once reliable starting staff appears in disarray.
Going forward, Cahill must find ways to cultivate an ability to win on a consistent basis.
Coming into his latest start Saturday against the Giants in Chase Field, Cahill had dropped six of his nine decision on the season with three no-decisions. After his first four starts, Cahill was 0-3 with a no-decision. Over his last three starts, he is 0-2 and one no-decision.
For Cahill to justify his $5.5 million salary and begin to string quality starts, the opportunity against division-rival Giants was ideal.
Plus, the Diamondbacks have a long-term investment in the native from Oceanside, Calif. Cahill is signed through 2015, is scheduled to make $7.7 million next season and $12 million in 2015. That may be hefty price for a pitcher with marginal results.
The end result in the Giants game was a mirror-image of the maladies that have plagued Cahill this season. He did not last four innings, surrendered a season-high eight earned runs and dropped a 10-5 decision to the Giants before 44,574 in Chase Field.
While looks can be deceiving, Cahill appears relaxed but his confidence level may be another issue. Not only he was hit hard, he displayed little resolve in holding runners on base. Together, that was a recipe for disaster and the Giants took full advantage.
For his effort against the Giants, Cahill did not have good location with his fast ball, and his signature pitch, the sinker, did not sink. As a result, he tied a season high with nine hits allowed and combined in his last two starts, Cahill has given up 13 earned runs and 18 hits.
“My location was not successful and that was the bottom line,” Cahill said. “I need to work on throwing the ball at a lower point, and refine that in bullpen sessions.”
Regarding location, manager Kirk Gibson told reporters the principal reason for Cahill’s breakdown was the inability to hit the corners. Overall, the inconsistencies of Kennedy, Miley, McCarthy and Cahill keeps Gibson on edge.
“You would like them to be better,” Gibson said after Saturday’s game. “Our job really is to get each of these guys ready for their next start. But, that’s the way the season goes. There are ups and downs and we need to get these guys back on track.”
The only bright spot was Paul Goldschmidt, who drove in his 58th run of the season with a ground out in the sixth inning.
That marked the eighth straight game in which Goldschmidt knocked in at least one run and, tied a team record set by Luis Gonzalez from June 3-11, 2002.
The First Year Player Draft for 2013 ended Saturday and the Diamondbacks made 41 selections.
This included 16 pitchers (14 right-handers, two left-handers), three catchers, 14 infielders and eight outfielders.
With their first pick last Thursday, the D-backs chose right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley from the University of Nevada. With their second selection, the D-backs picked right-handed pitcher Aaron Blair from Marshall University.
In the organization’s on-going commitment to the community, the D-backs took Cory Hahn, an outfielder from Arizona State University on the 34th round.
Hahn was paralyzed in a 2011 game against New Mexico. That’s when he slid head-first while attempting to steal a base against the Lobos on Feb. 20. On the play, Hahn suffered a neck injury when he made contact with Kyle Stiner’s knee.
Hahn spent the past two years assisting the Sun Devils baseball program.
“It was a very emotional selection for us to make,” said D-backs president Derrick Hall in a statement. “It’s not about us. It’s about Cory’s family. He’s a wonderful kid and we want to make this permanent.”
Hall said he would like provide full-time employment in the Diamondbacks organization for Hahn.