The Andrew Cashner era starts today.
Cashner joins the Rangers rotation after splitting the season with San Diego, then Miami.
With the Padres in 2016, he was 4-7 in sixteen starts, with a 4.67 ERA. He was traded to the Marlins, where he went 1-4 in twelve starts, with a 5.98 ERA and a WHIP of 1.747.
Those are numbers that usually get you into the Witness Protection Program. But they got Andrew Cashner a ten-million-dollar contract mainly on the strength of Rangers’ pitching coach Doug Brocail’s proclamation that he could “fix him.”
Cashner is a thirty-year-old, 6-foot 6 right-hander from Conroe, Texas, who played college baseball at TCU.
He’s a Texas kid. Now he’s a Texas Ranger.
He was on the track to being an ace when he was derailed by injury, a drop in velocity, and inconsistent control.
Now he’s ready to take the mound in the Rangers rotation that currently has the sixth-best ERA in baseball, at 3.10.
Let’s hope Brocail is quite the handyman.
Andrew Cashner (0-0, -.–) vs. James Paxton (1-0, 0.00)
Game time: 8:10