The San Diego Padres are the only team in MLB without a no-hitter. On September 16th Andrew Cashner started getting Padres’ fans hopes up as he made it to the bottom of the 7th inning before giving up his first (and only) hit against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although he did not accomplish the no-hitter, Cashner did earn an impressive 2-0 shutout victory by allowing no walks, only one hit, and striking out seven. In his second game of the week on September 22nd versus the LA Dodgers, Cashner pitched seven solid innings allowing only one run, four hits, no walks and striking out seven.
Cashner’s performance last week is just a small sign of what he has been doing over the past several weeks. Although one could not tell by his unimpressive W-L record (2-3) since August 11th, that stat alone certainly does not tell the whole story. During that time, Cashner’s WAR has increased by 2.21 therefore increasing his XVAL (excess value) for the season to over $9M.
Here is our tribute to Andrew Cashner for his impressive performance last week and how it compares to both traditional and advanced MLB stats this season.