The 24-year-old delivered just that, tossing a complete game and reaching the milestone number for the second time in his young career. But even though he made it to 200, Cahill insisted he wasn't concerned with the stat while pitching.
"Not really," Cahill said. "That wasn't my focus, I just felt better as the game went on. I looked up and my pitch count was relatively low, so I thought I could finish it."
Looking back on his season as a whole, Cahill felt comfortable with his progression over the months, steadily improving until his best month of the year in September, in which he finished 4-1.
"As you get older, you learn you only have so many bullets, I just try to focus and use them in right moments in the game," Cahill said. "As you play more games against the teams, you know what kind of hitters they are. For the most part, you just try to keep it down."
Moving into next season, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson believes the right-hander can take a step forward in his second campaign with the club.
"When he throws the ball over the plate, he's dominant all the time," Gibson said. "He's got so much movement on his pitches, he's made progress this year on correcting what he's done wrong. He's starting to figure it out, good stuff in the future for him for sure."