7/24 Throwing heat
Andrew Cashner wasn’t feeling well Saturday. He woke up with a sore throat and was coughing up phlegm all day. All he asked bullpen coach Lester Strode was that if the Cubs needed the rookie right-hander, they had to get him up one time to warm up and that’s it. It worked.
Cashner threw two innings in relief in Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Cardinals and did give up a run but he also showed he’s not afraid.
The Cardinals had two on, nobody out and Albert Pujols up. Cashner fired three straight 100 mph fastballs after the count reached 3-2. The Cardinals slugger fouled the first two off and ended up with a sacrifice fly.
“Not giving in,” he said. “He’s one of the best hitters in the game. If I’m going to get beat, I’m going to get beat with my fastball with him.”
“He’s mature beyond his years,” Ryan Theriot said of Cashner. “He’s aggressive. He’s not afraid to shake off a pitch. What I’ve noticed is a lot of young pitchers, they just throw whatever sign is put down. [Cashner] has a plan and he’s executing that plan.”
Cashner doesn’t look at the stadium radar gun readings.
“The other guys talk about it but that’s not something I pay attention to,” he said.
Rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin saw the 100 readings. Would he like to stand in against that?
“I like a challenge,” Colvin said.
— Carrie Muskat