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Strong Daniel Cabrera outing (1/8)


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The game is still going on as I type, but Daniel Cabrera fans will be glad to know he turned in his strongest outing of the winter tonight in the Dominican League playoffs.

Against the reigning champion Aguilas (who are in danger of dropping to 2-7 in the 18-game round robin tournament), Cabrera hurled five shutout innings of three-hit ball versus a lineup led by Rafael Furcal & Melky Cabrera. Cabrera struck out five and walked three.

Daniel's Licey club currently leads the contest 9-0 in the sixth inning, with Aybar brothers Erick & Willy accounting for four RBI. On the Aguilas side, Miguel Tejada still hasn't appeared in a game, and new single-season Home Run record holder Victor Diaz is 0-16 in the post-season.

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I still believe in the guy and hope he wins 20 one day. I think the O's made a mistake considering we have no one else, but whatever. I wish Daniel the best, and will be watching his starts on MASN every 5 days and rooting like hell for him.

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I still believe in the guy and hope he wins 20 one day. I think the O's made a mistake considering we have no one else, but whatever. I wish Daniel the best, and will be watching his starts on MASN every 5 days and rooting like hell for him.

I definitely wish the best for him, but am 99% confident we've seen the best of him.

I'd love to be proved wrong on this though. It's not like he can hurt us in the NL East anyway... unless he does blossom and signs with Boston or New York. :eek:

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I still believe in the guy and hope he wins 20 one day. I think the O's made a mistake considering we have no one else, but whatever. I wish Daniel the best, and will be watching his starts on MASN every 5 days and rooting like hell for him.

Agree 100%. (Well, don't get MASN, so mlb.com)

I really hope I have to root against him for the first time when he gets the ball for the seventh game of a World Series for the Nationals against the Orioles one of these years.

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I don't think we've seen the best of him Rick. I'm normally not a believer in the "he just needs to be somewhere else" mentality, but maybe with Daniel I could be a believer. The talent is clearly there. We shall see.

Boom, I know you and I agree on this one. My hope is that Randy St. Claire (who was a pretty tall pitcher also) can work on and perfect D Cab's mechanics. Looking at St. Claire's career though, his best years on the mound were under Mazzone. Uh-oh.

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Boom, I know you and I agree on this one. My hope is that Randy St. Claire (who was a pretty tall pitcher also) can work on and perfect D Cab's mechanics. Looking at St. Claire's career though, his best years on the mound were under Mazzone. Uh-oh.

Not sure if the Nats have any intention to do this or not, but when I heard Cabrera signed there, I immediately thought of Jose Rijo, who is now employed in the Nats front office.

Rijo, like Cabrera, is 1) Dominican, 2) rushed to the big leagues (as a teen in Rijo's case), and 3) discarded as a disappointment when great talent was undermined by unacceptable control.

In Rijo's case, it wasn't until his third MLB organization (and fifth season) that he started to get things clicking. After that, he was among the best pitchers in baseball for half a decade until arm problems got him.

Rijo had the good fortune to have HOF Juan Marichal as his father-in-law for a time, but also learned a lot from two-time 20-game winner Joaquin Andujar in Oakland. Maybe, just maybe, Rijo could be somebody who could help Cabrera turn the light on.

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Not sure if the Nats have any intention to do this or not, but when I heard Cabrera signed there, I immediately thought of Jose Rijo, who is now employed in the Nats front office.

Rijo, like Cabrera, is 1) Dominican, 2) rushed to the big leagues (as a teen in Rijo's case), and 3) discarded as a disappointment when great talent was undermined by unacceptable control.

In Rijo's case, it wasn't until his third MLB organization (and fifth season) that he started to get things clicking. After that, he was among the best pitchers in baseball for half a decade until arm problems got him.

Rijo had the good fortune to have HOF Juan Marichal as his father-in-law for a time, but also learned a lot from two-time 20-game winner Joaquin Andujar in Oakland. Maybe, just maybe, Rijo could be somebody who could help Cabrera turn the light on.

Wow, good call. Rijo was considered a disappointment for many years before he was able to put it all together. Hopefully you're right, and Daniel can have that mentor that he probably needs. I hope you're on to something.

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The game finished 16-2 in Licey's favor. Timo Perez hit for the cycle, and former Oriole Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer.

Cabrera earned his first win of the winter, and lowered his ERA to 1.00 in the post-season. He got seven groundouts, three flyouts, threw a wild pitch and hit Melky Cabrera with a pitch.

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