Mike Trout started the season slowly. At least slowly compared to what he did in his Rookie of the Year season. But he has been tearin’ up the pea patch since then.
Last night Trout reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He has a seven-game hitting streak and since being put back in the leadoff position on June 8 he’s hitting .383/.483/.638 over 12 games. For the season he’s hitting .317/.395/.556 with 12 homers, 44 RBI and 16 stolen bases. His OPS+ at the moment is 167. Last year it was 169. All of that despite the fact that he was only hitting .261/.333/.432 at the end of April.
Trout, in case you were inclined to believe otherwise, is not a one-year wonder.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.