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Padres | Andrew Cashner changing approach

San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner needed only 77 pitches to get through seven innings against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, May 14, and he's not trying to throw as hard so that he can last deeper into games. It was his second straight start that he has gotten 22 outs. Cashner is averaging 95 mph on his fastball this year, which is down from 98 mph from last year. He's also using his two-seamer and knuckle-slider more often, which creates more of a speed difference with his changeup. Cashner's changeup is also a bit slower this year, down to 85.7 mph from 87.4 mph last season. Cashner has given up an earned run and nine hits while walking four in 14 2/3 innings in his last two starts. However, his strikeouts per nine innings are down from 10.10 last year to 6.39 this year.

Fantasy Tip: A planned dip in velocity is bound to mean less strikeouts for Cashner. His permanent move to the rotation was expected to have this result eventually, though. The good news is that this transition should allow Cashner to pitch deeper into games and become more efficient. The fact that he pitches at PETCO Park makes him even more intriguing in mixed formats. It may be time to hop on.

2013-05-15 14:58:02 | Source: - Corey Brock

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