This was basically a “move along, folks, nothing to see here” kind of game. Trevor Cahill didn’t have it, and other than back-to-back homers by Freddie Freeman and A.J. Pierzynski, neither did the offense. It was 3-0 before the Braves came to bat, and the margin literally never got any closer than that.
Cahill’s struggles were not entirely unexpected — he changed his arm slot during the offseason and the Diamondbacks were willing to trade him and $6.5 million for a non-prospect — but there’s still a glimmer of hope that he could be a useful pitcher at some point during the year, as he had a few nice heavy sinkers and touched 93-94 at points during the evening. Something to dream on.
Meanwhile, Sugar Ray Marimon, Julio Teheran’s second cousin, had a very successful major league debut: after Cahill got knocked out in the third, Marimon bailed out the rest of the bullpen by going four innings, allowing two runs, and legging out an infield single during his first major league at-bat. He was throwing 95 and threw 44 strikes to just 15 balls. That’s pretty good.
Tonight, Eric Stults goes against Dan Haren. Haren’s last three years have basically been like a slightly better version of Mike Minor in 2014: good K/BB, but his teams still get killed because he gives up 1.4 homers per nine innings.
(Actual statistical comparison:
Minor in 2014: 6-12, 4.77 ERA, 76 ERA+, 4.39 FIP, 7.4 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 1.3 HR/9
Dan Haren 2012-2014: 35-38, 4.30 ERA, 86 ERA+, 4.14 FIP, 7.4 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 1.4 HR/9)