Let’s continue our look at the 2014 Padres as we make our way down the Padres rotation. Once upon a time, the Padres had a young first baseman named Anthony Rizzo. They shipped him off for a pitcher named Andrew Cashner.
Cashner again fought through injuries this season but put up some pretty good numbers especially down the stretch. He made 19 starts and went 5-7, but with just a 2.55 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP. He struck out 93 in 123.1 innings.
There are two things Cashner needs to work on in 2015. One is being healthy. He’s never made more than 26 starts in a season and only pitched 175 innings once and that was two years ago. If the Padres are in it next year, will Cashner have an innings limit? Will they skip some of his starts to keep him fresh?
Cashner needs to pitch better away from Petco. He went 1-4 with a 4.31 ERA and gave up 59 hits in 48 innings. If the Padres are going to contend in 2015 he must be better.
Cashner is arbitration eligible and won’t be going anywhere this off-season more than likely. Rizzo is a budding superstar in Chicago and Cashner has to come in and prove that he can be a solid member of the rotation in 2015.