The Cashner Report:
I just finished watching Cashner's start and did a breakdown of the pitches and results. I realize some of this info is shown elsewhere but these are my records of data and observations.
1. Most important was that Cashner was well under his foul ball quota of 23, only getting 15 fouls tonight. He did, however, only throw 83 pitches so perhaps my number was a bit high.
2. Cashner threw first ball strikes to only 11/23 hitters. This number is not terrible, but he could certainly improve upon that. He did, however, only go to a three ball count on five occasions. Laughably, two of those occasions were with Lincecum, who ended up striking out both times. 52/83 pitches for strikes is a solid number, as evidenced by completing six innings in just 83 pitches.
3. 11 strikes were called, 9 were swing and misses, 15 foul balls, 9 groundouts, 3 flyouts, and 5 singles accounted for the strikes he threw. 9 swing and misses was OK for this effort, different team or more starts and this number could go up, the Giants are a good contact team in general.
4. Only one ball the entire night was really hit hard, and it was a Panda rope that Denorfia snagged for an out. It was really a non-stressful outing for him so it's tough to tell how he will handle tough spots, but he did have two on no out and got out of it without giving up a run. His general demeanor was stoic and he never showed even a glimmer of emotion.
5. With only 83 pitches thrown, it's tough to really gauge his stamina, but he threw the same speeds the entire night, starting out with 95-96 and ending with the same. His changeup was solid, 85 mph, and kept the hitters off balance. His curve has some decent movement, but it needs work to become a better strikeout generator.
Overall, I was very impressed with the performance. I like his attitude, the heat with movement, and his control. I'd say he should start against anyone at home, and really against most teams on the road, save for a few obvious ones that have already been pointed out. I think he loves being in the rotation and is unlikely to find himself out of it anytime soon except to save his arm later on in the season once the Padres are out of the race.
CFB- I have Cashner below Vogelsong and ahead of the rest. Parker I would normally have above him but I just cannot back Parker for anything at this point. I haven't seen enough of Fernandez to really say but the experience edge has to go to Cashner and he certainly doesn't lack the stuff. E-Jax/Teheran aren't that great in my book, and Griffin doesn't get enough K's for me to put him ahead of Cashner.
Goldy is King.