Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Daniel Cabrera Setting Wrong Kind of Records

When pitching coach Leo Mazzone accepted his new job with the Orioles he was looking forward to his staff setting some career highs, but this is not what he had in mind. For the second consecutive start Daniel Cabrera has set career marks for walks in a single game, handing out free passes to seven in his first appearance and nine in his second. In Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Devil Rays Cabrera threw 117 pitches, only 57 for strikes, with three wild pitches, a number of balls in the dirt and a hit batter in just five innings. But Cabrera struck out 10 as he escaped bases-loaded jams over the course of his final nine outs. Mazzone has been disappointed by Cabrera's performances as the objective is to teach him to throw his 99-mph fastball consistently low and away in an effort to complete seven innings and spare the bullpen.