Andrew Cashner has been one of the few pleasant surprises for the Rangers in 2017. Coming off a horrible season, with an ERA over 5.00 and a WHIP over 1.50, Jon Daniels tossed more money at Cashner than he could have ever thought possible. Drunken sailor on shore leave money.
Pitching coach Doug Brocail proudly exclaimed, “I can fix him.” He sure did.
Andrew Cashner has been the most consistently reliable pitcher in the Rangers rotation this year. In his previous ten starts before last night, he had given up more than three earned runs just once. He’d won five of his last six decisions. And he was getting zero run support. Despite his 9-9 record, he had the sixth best ERA in the American League, with 16 quality starts.
He was having a remarkable season, especially compared to expectations.
He was due for a clunker.
It came last night.
Thankfully, it came in a part of the season when it didn’t matter.
Nick Martinez (3-6, 5.40) vs. Bud Norris (2-5, 4.25)
Game time: 9:07