The Kansas City Royals were looking for help in the rotation, and they got it by landing former Padre, Trevor Cahill. Cahill is no ace, but he is a serviceable option that may prove to give the pitching a boost in Kansas City. The untimely death of Yordano Ventura in the offseason really set the team back in more way than one. It was emotionally damaging, and it left the rotation with some question marks. Ventura wasn’t any kind of ace either, at least he didn’t develop into one yet, in his career. However, competent pitchers are being hard to come by and Ventura was at least competent and good for a standout performance here and there.
Cahill is 29 and been around in the majors since 2009. He’s enjoyed stints in Oakland, Arizona, Atlanta, Chicago with varying degrees of success. Cahill hasn’t pitched in the American League since 2011 with the A’s, a season which saw him post a 4.16 ERA. I think Cahill is a nice acquisition for the Royals. A little under the radar, but that’s fine with them as they’ve always been a team to do things under the radar. The Royals have moved up to 2nd in the AL Central, bypassing the Twins with their sights focused on the Indians.
The Royals are 2 games back after rattling off an 8-2 record in their last ten games. If the Indians weren’t so hot as well, they’d be up in the division at the moment. As it is, though, the Indians have won nine of their last ten games and are feeling confident, just as the Royals are. Things are starting to get interesting in the AL Central. Meanwhile, the Red Sox gave away their lead in the AL East as the Yankees leapfrogged them, and are down by 0.5 games heading into Saturday. Get our free MLB betting pick between the Royals and Red Sox below.
K.C. Royals vs. Boston Red Sox Pick
Trevor Cahill (4-3, 3.69 ERA) vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 3.89 ERA)
Cahill brings some solid numbers with him to Kansas City. He was solid as Padre, yielding a 3.69 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. However, there will be some adjustments that must be made going from the NL to the AL. He won’t have the benefit of a free out against a pitcher in the AL. It looked like his career was in the dumpster after a 5.61 ERA with the Diamondbacks in 2014, but he’s improved to be a productive option.
Cahill, though, has gotten bashed against this lineup of the Red Sox. They’ve hit him for a .306 batting average. Dustin Pedroia holds a .500 BA, along with a long ball against Cahill. Eduardo Rodriguez will get a look for the Red Sox today, as he looks to improve on his 3.89 ERA on Saturday. He’s been a different pitcher at Fenway, where he’s been strong with a 2.38 ERA. He’s allowed just 4 runs in his last three outings at home. I expect Cahill to be in for a rude awakening in his debut with the Royals. The Red Sox should be able to get one back today and take a win on Saturday.
PICK: RED SOX (-150)