Touted as an under-the-radar candidate for the AL CY Young Award, Trevor Cahill had a tremendous opportunity last night to launch himself into prominence.

He fell short, however, giving up eight runs over four innings.

The 22-year-old entered the game second in the AL in ERA at 2.43, but dropped to third behind Clay Buchholz and Felix Hernandez when his mark jumped to 2.82 after yesterday’s 11-4 loss to New York.

The Yankees are averaging eight runs per game since A-Rod landed on the DL with a calf injury.

Cahill is still an underrated top-line starter, but the Bombers have had his number this year. He has allowed 50 earned runs this season. The Yankees have 14 of those.

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To portray how unusual last night’s outburst was, Cahill had a run of 20 consecutive starts in which he allowed six or fewer hits, a feat matched only by Nolan Ryan over the past 30 years.

And while we’re talking about CY Young candidates, who do you think is leading the race?

Clay Buchholz (Red Sox)  - 15-5, 2.21 era, 1.18 WHIP, 101 so
Trevor Cahill (A's)            - 14-6, 2.82 era, 1.05 WHIP, 90 so
David Price (Rays)           - 15-6, 3.01 era, 1.26 WHIP, 154 so
C.C. Sabathia (Yanks)     - 18-5, 3.14 era, 1.23 WHIP, 160 so