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Posted at 10:10 AM EST.
10:07 PM EST. Michael Pineda (RHP - MIN) remains volatile but he continues to carry good upside. His skills have gone from so-so in April to very good in May with 9.5 K’s/9, 1.5 BB’s/9 and a very respectable 4.33 xERA. His rate of swinging strikes has soared too (10% in April, 17% in May). His inability to keep the ball in the park will continue to make him prone to blowups, but if he can find the groundball tilt he owned prior to his surgery, he could emerge quickly as an upper-tier starter now that he's out of the AL East. This park is also a favorable one for him. That said, Pineda is not our target here. Read on.
Trevor Cahill (RHP - LAA) signed a one-year, $9 million deal with the Angels back in December. Man, nine million doesn’t buy you what it used to. Paying an injury-prone pitcher that isn’t very good to begin with is actually one of the more mind-boggling signings ever. The good news is that the Halos are going to run this stiff out there every five days because they ain’t gonna pay him 9M to relieve or sit. Cahill’s bread and butter used to be his strong groundball rate but that’s decreasing rapidly and is now down to 40%. His first-pitch strike rate of 52% over his last six games hints that his pedestrian control is due for a crash. Trevor Cahill has a well supported 6.95 ERA with a 9.41 ERA over his last five starts. In his last start, he struck out one batter in four frames while walking two. Over his last five starts covering 22 innings, he has walked 10 and struck out 15. Let's now check 2018's injury roll call: elbow, Achilles, back. In 2017, he made 14 starts. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Cahill made 17, 3 and 1 start respectively but these corporate morons figured it was a good idea to sign him for nine million for one year. His weak command shows his lack of upside even more and he's only semi-useful during windows of health. Good luck finding them. We’re not sure if he’s healthy but we’re damn sure that he’s overpriced and not very good.
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