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Trevor Cahill is the opening day starter

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A reason for hope:

"Earlier in 2017, Cahill was excellent. Earlier in 2018, Cahill was almost identically excellent. Both seasons, though, took a turn for the worse. In 2017, Cahill went off the rails in July; this past year, the turn happened in August. Shortly after the turn in 2017, Cahill hit the DL with a shoulder impingement. Shortly after the turn in 2018, Cahill needed treatment for his back, and he would’ve gone on the DL had it not been September. What’s clear is that, when Cahill has been at or around 100%, he’s been a very effective starting pitcher. When there’s been discomfort, though, Cahill’s missed his spots by too much. He already works around the edges of the zone. He doesn’t have that great a margin of error."

The take from Fangraphs is that he is basically a hold-me-over until we can get some other pitchers off the DL later in the year. Basically, he starts the year near ace level, but his body deteriorates throughout the year until there is nothing left. From that perspective, starting him on opening day makes perfect sense.

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