Shaky last week after signing a five-year extension, Trevor
Cahill was in complete control the last time he took the ball for
the Oakland Athletics.
The All-Star right-hander might need even better stuff Saturday
night against the Seattle Mariners as the light-hitting A’s try to
avoid getting shut out in three straight games for the first time
in nearly 33 years.
A day after his $30.5 million deal was finalized, Cahill (2-0,
2.49 ERA) surrendered season highs of four runs and six hits in 4
2-3 innings of a 6-5, 10-inning loss at the Chicago White Sox on
Cahill, though, rebounded in Sunday’s 5-1 victory over Detroit,
striking out a season-best nine in eight innings while giving up
one run and four hits.
“I was a little off then,” he told the Athletics’ official
website about the April 12 loss. “There might have been a little
more adrenaline, just cause I was trying to prove myself. (Sunday)
I was just throwing strikes and they weren’t hitting the ball too
Opponents are batting .177 against Cahill, who is 1-3 with a
2.80 ERA in six starts against Seattle. He struck out eight and
allowed one run April 1, but needed 105 pitches to get through 4
2-3 innings of Oakland’s 6-2 season-opening loss to the visiting
Cahill might not have much room for error Saturday considering
Oakland (9-11) has scored three runs during a season-high
After their five-game winning streak in Seattle ended with
Thursday’s 1-0 loss, the A’s fell 4-0 on Friday. Oakland hasn’t
been shut out in three straight games since June 10-12, 1978.
The A’s, who have 12 hits – all singles – in this series, are
batting .236 with the second-fewest runs in the AL (66).
“I’m obviously well aware of it and frustrated with it,” manager
Bob Geren said. “The guys are frustrated about it. They are just
going to have to snap out of it and keep battling.”
They’ll get their second look at Jason Vargas (0-1, 4.37), who
will try to help the Mariners (8-13) win their season-high third in
The left-hander did not get a decision in Seattle’s 5-2 win at
Oakland on April 2 despite giving up just five hits and one run in
6 2-3 innings.
Vargas’ last three starts have come at home, with Seattle
scoring three runs in each of those games, all losses.
The Mariners are batting an AL-worst .224 with 3.6 runs per
“(The lack of run support is) something that is out of our
control,” Vargas told the Mariners’ official website after giving
up two runs in six innings of Monday’s 8-3 loss to Detroit.
Vargas has gone 12 starts since his last win Aug. 14 at
Cleveland. He is 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA in three starts against
With Justin Smoak not expected to return from the bereavement
list until Tuesday in Detroit, Adam Kennedy will likely make his
fourth consecutive start at first base for Seattle. He homered
Wednesday and Thursday, then improved his team-leading batting
average to .333 with two hits Friday, including a two-run
Kennedy has never faced Cahill.
Milton Bradley, the Mariners’ leader with 10 RBIs, is
questionable after being replaced in the third inning Friday due to
back spasms. An illness kept him out of the series opener.