I didn’t catch Trevor Cahill‘s start on Saturday night because I was in Boston watching another ace named Chris Sale. I came away from that experience convinced that the key to solving baseball’s pace-of-play problem is to clone about 50 or so Sales, although that would immediately prompt a new run-scoring problem (and, perhaps, cross some ethical boundaries). Back to the subject at hand . . .

Cahill didn’t have his best start against the White Sox, but he still managed seven strikeouts and a lone walk on the road in a hitter-friendly ballpark in the league with the DH. When even your bad starts look pretty darned good, you know you’re getting somewhere. We’re a month and a half into the season—or 41 1/3 innings in Cahill Time—so I figured it’d be a good time to check in on where Cahill stands in the majors in a variety of pitching categories (among starting pitchers). Let’s get right to it.

DRA

13. Lance McCullers, 2.02
14. Trevor Cahill, 2.07
15. Madison Bumgarner, 2.11

Brief stat description: Deserved Run Average, from Baseball Prospectus, is probably the best catch-all pitching stat going these days, a tremendously ambitious attempt to isolate pitcher performance as best as humanely possible.

Distance to leader: 1.01. Whoops, here’s that Sale guy again. He currently has a 1.06 DRA, which is 50 points better than Craig Kimbrel‘s best full season. I know it’s not fair to put anyone on Clayton Kershaw‘s level, but Sale is pushing the envelope. He is, quite simply, shredding it in a Red Sox uniform.

As for Cahill, this number, by itself, goes a long way toward validating just how good he’s been so far this year. You don’t put up the 14th-best DRA in the majors with smoke and mirrors.

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (14-24) scored fewer runs than the Chicago White Sox (16-17) last night at Guaranteed Rate Field, losing 5-4 in a walk off.

Trevor Cahill (3-2. 3.27) gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings. Avisail Garcia hit a solo home run in the second inning. In the fourth inning, Jose Abreu reached on a throwing error by Ryan Schimpf, took second base on a wild pitch, took third base on another wild pitch, and then Cahill walked Garcia on yet another wild pitch, allowing Abreu to score. Kevan Smith scored on Leury Garcia‘s ground out and Melky Cabrera‘s RBI single drove in Tyler Saladino in the fifth inning. In the ninth inning, Saladino scored on Yolmer Sanchez‘ single to win the game.

Dylan Covey (0-3, 7.98) pitched four and a third innings, surrendering three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out nine. For the second game in a row, the Padres had a home run to leadoff the game on the first pitch, this time by Manuel Margot. Allen Cordoba hit a solo home run in the third inning. In the fifth inning, Hunter Renfroe scored on Wil Myers‘ sacrifice fly.  And Myers hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Today’s rubber game pits Jered Weaver (0-4, 6.81) against Jose Quintana (2-5, 4.46) starting at 11:10pm PDT.

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (13-20) scored more runs than the Texas Rangers (13-20) in the first of two games at Petco Park last night, 5-1.

Trevor Cahill (3-2, 3.06) gave up just one hit in five and a third shutout innings with five walks and seven strikeouts. Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo home run off Brad Hand in the seventh inning for the Rangers’ lone run.

Nick Martinez (0-2, 5.18) surrendered four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four in six innings. Austin Hedges‘ RBI single in the second inning put the Padres on the board and Hedges later scored on Manuel Margot‘s single. Ryan Schimpf hit a solo home run in the third inning. Hedges hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Cory Spangenberg hit a solo home run in the seventh inning.

This afternoon Jered Weaver (0-3, 5.51) takes the mound against A.J. Griffin (3-0, 3.54) starting at 12:40pm PDT.

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When Trevor Cahill broke into the big leagues back in 2009 with Oakland, he had one major problem. He couldn’t strike anybody out. Cahill struck out just 90 batters in 178 2/3 innings that year, and his inability to induce whiffs followed him through most of his career, from Oakland to Arizona to Atlanta. By the time he was 25, Cahill had pigeonholed himself into a backend starter role, good for sometimes ordinary outings but not much more.

Then last year with the Cubs, as a reliever, a flicker of hope; Cahill finally unlocked the door to the strikeout. He fanned a batter an inning while posting otherwise unspectacular numbers. It was enough, at least, to add some intrigue to what had become a stale act.

The Padres bit, signing Cahill to a cheap one-year deal this offseason with the promise at a crack to break their starting rotation. “If you can’t make our rotation, you probably can’t make any rotation” might have been the sales pitch. Cahill bought it.

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (12-16) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (16-11) last night, 6-2, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.60) limited the Rockies to one unearned run over six innings on three hits and no walks while striking out seven. In the second inning, Ian Desmond stole second base and came home on a two-base throwing error by Austin Hedges. The Rockies loaded the bases in the eighth inning and Alexi Amarista scored on Nolan Arenado‘s single that followed.

Tyler Chatwood (2-4, 5.40) gave up five runs on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts in five and a third innings. In the sixth inning, Cahill drew a walk and Manuel Margot‘s triple drove him in. Wil Myers hit a double one out later to drive in Margot. Yangervis Solarte and Ryan Schimpf then hit back-to-back home runs. In the seventh inning, Cory Spangenberg‘s single drove in Erick Aybar from second base.

Tonight at 7:10pm PDT, Jered Weaver (0-2, 4.71) gets the start in the second game of the series versus Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 2.81).

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (9-14) scored more runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (14-9), 8-5, at Chase Field last night.

Trevor Cahill (1-2, 4.50) gave up all five Diamondbacks’ runs over five and two-thirds innings on nine hits and four walks while striking out nine. Paul Goldschmidt had RBI singles to score A.J. Pollock in the first and third innings. Also in the third inning, Jake Lamb singled to drive David Peralta in and Goldschmidt scored on a Chris Owings groundout. Goldschmidt also doubled to drive in Peralta in the fourth inning for the Diamondbacks’ final run.

Zack Godley (0-0, 3.60) pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. In the fourth inning, Erick Aybar hit a solo home run and Cahill doubled to drive in Jabari Blash, who had walked. Hunter Renfroe led off the sixth inning with a home run. In the ninth inning, Ryan Schimpf hit a three-run home run and Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run double.

Tonight’s series finale pits Jered Weaver (0-1, 3.91) against Taijuan Walker (2-1, 4.57) starting at 6:40pm PDT.

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub, especially when you get invited to watch the game in the Fox Sports San Diego suite with free .394 Pale Ale and Sculpin. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (8-10) scored more runs than the Miami Marlins (8-8), 5-3, last night in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.44) gave up one run on three hits and a walk in seven innings, while striking out six. Marcell Ozuna hit a solo home run in the second inning. Giancarlo Stanton‘s two-run home run in the ninth inning accounted for the Marlins’ other two runs.

Adam Conley (1-1, 3.00) pitched six innings, surrendering a run on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Manuel Margot tripled to leadoff the game and scored on Erick Aybar‘s sacrifice fly. The Padres loaded the bases in the seventh inning on three straight singles by Luis Sardinas, Margot, and Aybar. Wil Myers hit into a double play, but Sardinas scored. David Phelps intentionally walked Yangervis Solarte and Austin Hedges hit a three-run home run off the facade of the third deck of the Western Metal Building.

Tonight Jered Weaver (0-1, 4.24) gets the start versus Dan Straily (1-1, 4.61) with first pitch scheduled for 5:40pm PDT.

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I didn’t get a chance to catch any of yesterday’s game in real time, so last night I queued up MLB.tv’s condensed game feature instead. Here are some random observations from 16 minutes and 25 seconds of footage.

The first inning

The opening action of the condensed game is Bartolo Colon striking out Travis Jankowski on an 0-2 fastball, which leads us to two points . . .

. . . Holy cow, Bartolo Colon is almost 44 years old. The funny thing is, Colon isn’t just a novelty act. He’s led the league in walk rate for two years running, he strikes out six guys per nine, and he’s posted an ERA+ of 105 since he turned 40. Colon, in his forties, is the very definition of a league-average innings eater (no, he does not actually eat the innings).

He also does it almost exclusively with the fastball. According to Brooks Baseball, 72 of his 85 pitches yesterday were either two- or four-seam fastballs, with 10 sliders and three changeups mixed in for good measure. That’s Colon’s MO, as he throws some version of the heater 80-plus percent of the time.

This pitch to Jankowski is like the perfect two-strike fastball, off the plate outside but enticing enough to induce a halfhearted hack. It’s a purpose pitch, with the purpose of getting someone out.

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The Padres (5-8) scored fewer runs than the Atlanta Braves (5-6), 9-2, yesterday at SunTrust Park.

Trevor Cahill (0-2, 4.76) pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walk while striking out eight. Adonis Garcia scored on Tyler Flowers‘ single in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, a single by Brandon Phillips drove in Ender Inciarte and Freddie Freeman. After Miguel Diaz balked in a run in the seventh inning, Inciarte hit a solo home run. In the eight inning, Freeman scored on a Nick Markakis double, Markakis scored on a Phillips single, and Phillips scored on Johan Carmago’s single.

Bartolo Colon (1-1, 4.24) gave up one run on one hit and a walk with six strikeouts in seven innings. Ryan Schimpf was the Padres’ offense, hitting a solo home run in the second inning and scoring on a passed ball on a walk to Erick Aybar in the eighth inning.

The Padres will attempt to avoid the four-game sweep in tonight’s series finale. Jered Weaver (0-1, 4.91) will take the mound against Jaime Garcia (0-1, 5.73) starting at 4:35pm PDT.

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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (4-4) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (5-3) at Coors Field, 5-3, as Wil Myers hit for the second cycle in Padres history.

Jarred Cosart (0-0, 3.86) threw 70 pitches in four innings as he started the game in place of Trevor Cahill, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday evening. Cosart gave up five hits and a walk while striking out two and not allowing a run. DJ LeMahieu hit a solo home run off of Jose Torres in the sixth inning. And Mark Reynolds hit a two-run home run with Gerardo Parra on base off of Brandon Maurer in the ninth inning.

Tyler Chatwood (0-2, 6.35) allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in five and a third innings. Myers hit a single in first inning, an RBI double to drive in Manuel Margot in the second inning, a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning, and tripled to complete the cycle in the eighth inning, scoring on a Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly. Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run home run in the sixth with Ryan Schimpf on base.

Tonight, Jered Weaver (0-1, 7.20) gets the start against Antonio Senzatela (0-0, 0.00) at Coors Field starting at 5:40pm PDT.

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