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Padres to promote Andrew Cashner for Thursday start

Jun 26, 2012, 8:27 PM EST

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Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner was sent to Double-A San Antonio on June 10 to begin making the transition from reliever to starter. After only three minor-league outings — in which he posted a 1.88 ERA and 22/3 K/BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings — the flame-throwing 25-year-old is on his way back.

According to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com, Cashner is scheduled to start for the Padres on Thursday night against the Astros at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. If it goes well (or even if it doesn’t) he’ll be a mainstay in the San Diego rotation going forward.

Cashner has averaged 98.8 mph with his fastball this year in the majors. He also boasts a decent slider and changeup, and should be able to post some impressive numbers while making half his starts at Petco Park.

  1. ronswansonsdinner - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    So this is where Hyde from That 70’s Show ended up.

  2. micker716 - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Why does every post concerning a Padre pitcher’s ability have to be qualified by the fact that he pitches at Petco? We get it. It’s a big ballpark, however stating that a young pitcher with two career starts SHOULD post impressive numbers because half of those starts are at Petco is over the top. He’s a young pitcher that’s learning how to start. He has depended on throwing heat, now he needs to learn how to pitch through a line-up. He was supposed to spend 2012 in the bullpen as the 8th inning set-up guy and then get the benefit of a full spring training in 2013 to see if he could handle a starter’s role. Seven pitchers on the disabled list altered those plans. He’s been given three starts at AA. It’s going to be learning process, he’s probably going to take some lumps, big ballpark or not. Impressive numbers will probably be very subjective. I just hope the experience doesn’t ruin the kid.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      Been a starter his entire career until this year. But ya

      • micker716 - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:51 PM

        My bad, more accurate statement would be two career MLB starts.

    • tartan1 - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      Petco is an extreme pitchers’ park. It doesn’t matter if the pitcher is a legitimate stud, or a relative bum. That’s the territory. It can’t be disputed, pitching half the games in Petco helps the cumulative stats. I don’t think the author is caveating his stats; just saying that will his skills, pitching in Petco will no doubt improve his expected stats, from a fantasy standpoint.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:27 AM

        It’s just not the size of Petco but it’s positioning and the dense ocean air that roll in from the coast. Nasty place for fly ball hitters

    • bigleagues - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      For the same reasons that everyone knew that the likes of Hector Noesi – with the following Home/Road splits:

                                                          
      I   Split W L W-L%  ERA GS   IP  H ER HR BB SO  WHIP
           Home 2 4 .333 3.20  6 39.1 28 14  5 13 24 1.042
           Away 0 5 .000 7.42  9 47.1 52 39 10 20 32 1.521
      

      Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 6/27/2012.

      . . . would likely pitch satisfactorily in his very first career Start at Petco – which he did registering a Quality Start:

      6IP, 7H, 2ER, 6K, 3BB

      OR, let’s witness the Home/Road Splits of the three SP’s who lead the Padre’s in GS this year.

      Anthony Bass:

                                                       
      I   Split W L W-L%  ERA GS   IP  H ER BB SO  WHIP
           Home 1 2 .333 3.40  7 42.1 38 16 16 35 1.276
           Away 1 5 .167 6.00  7 42.0 42 28 17 37 1.405
      

      Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 6/27/2012.

      Clayton Richard:

                                                       
      I   Split W L W-L%  ERA GS   IP  H ER BB SO  WHIP
           Home 3 3 .500 2.91  7 46.1 42 15 10 32 1.122
           Away 2 4 .333 4.88  8 51.2 57 28 17 26 1.432
      

      Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 6/27/2012.

      Edinson Volquez:

                                                       
      I   Split W L W-L%  ERA GS   IP  H ER BB SO  WHIP
           Home 2 4 .333 3.45 10 60.0 45 23 32 57 1.283
           Away 2 3 .400 4.46  6 34.1 32 17 22 23 1.573
      

      Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 6/27/2012.

  3. riverace19 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Petco is one renovation away from being the Polo Grounds

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