Cahill’s numbers, plus more on Willingham
In the midst of Oakland’s 7-2 victory over the Rangers last night, righty Trevor Cahill improved to 6-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.72. Elias had this to say about those numbers, courtesy of the A’s PR department:
- Cahill is the first A’s starting pitcher to start a season by winning his first six decisions since Dave Stewart did it in each of three straight seasons from 1988 to 1990.
- Cahill is also the first A’s pitcher to go 6-0 or better coupled with a sub-2.00 ERA in his first eight starts of a season since Sam Grey went 8-0 with a 1.43 ERA in his first eight starts for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s in 1925.
Also thanks to the A’s PR staff, here is Major League Baseball’s official explanation on the procedure for Willingham’s appeal:
If a player is going to be in New York within 30 calendar days he has the right to ask for an in-person appeal. Otherwise, any position player with a suspension of three games or less will have to appeal heard via video conference. The video conferencing system is set up at all 30 ballparks. Every attempt will be made to schedule the hearing within the next 10 days.
The A’s are not in New York until June 21 for the start of a three-game set against the Mets, so I’d imagine Willingham will have to take part in the video conference.