LA Angels: An Appreciation Letter to Trevor Cahill
When the LA Angels signed Trevor Cahill last off-season, they thought a late-rotation starter would be added to their team.
Unfortunately, as we all know, Trevor Cahill was a very, very lousy starter for the Angels. So Brad Ausmus decided to move him to the bullpen in hopes of better success, but again, not great results.
And somehow, with three days left in this season, Trevor John Cahill is leading this Angels team in innings pitched.
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He is quite the remarkable player.
Cahill, despite being an objectively bad pitcher this year, was able to hold onto his roster spot the entire season. Unlike Matt Harvey, who was designated for assignment after a rough go in the rotation, Cahill was able to find a home within the bullpen out beyond left field at The Big A.
And honestly, I love Trevor Cahill.
I hope the Angels resign him.
I hope he’s with this team the rest of his career.
I’m not quite sure what it was that drew me into him. Maybe, in a weird way, I related to him. He’s not that great at pitching in the MLB, and I’m not that great at pitching in the MLB. We share that in earnest.
Maybe it was his delivery. The way he crouched in his follow through, like Batman perked on a building, watching over his city. The little hop after his delivery was too much for me at times.
I think, most of all and more than anything, I admired Trevor Cahill’s consistency. In 36 outings this year, he allowed runs in 66% of them. That’s remarkable from Cahill, imagine a batter with a .666 batting average or a team with a .666 winning percentage. That’s how great Cahill has been this year.
And, lastly, you know what they. The best ability is availability, and Cahill was available all year for the Angels! Given how many pitchers have gone down with injury the past few years for the Angels, that’s actually impressive from the 31-year old.
All in all, Trevor Cahill was not what we all hoped he would be. However, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t special in his own way, and I absolutely loved having Trevor Cahill as an Angel in 2019.