Daniel Cabrera has quietly established himself as Baltimore’s most consistent starter this season. The rookie right-hander will try to post his team high-tying 10th victory when the Orioles wrap up a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome.
Cabrera made an immediate impact upon being called up in May, winning his first two starts. He has been a solid contributor in the rotation since, going 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA—best among Baltimore starters.
The 23-year-old Dominican had gone winless in three straight starts before earning the victory in an 11-3 win over Anaheim on Tuesday. He allowed three runs and four hits over six innings, striking out two and walking five.
Cabrera has surrendered three runs or fewer in five of his last six outings, including three in a row. He was pitching on five days’ rest Tuesday, and manager Lee Mazzilli said Cabrera might have been too strong, explaining his wildness.
“I thought at times he was trying to overthrow,” Mazzilli said. “Usually, he is always around the plate. But he was trying to overpower everyone. He threw a lot of pitches. But that’s OK; he’s still a baby out there.”
Cabrera will try to match converted reliever Rodrigo Lopez for the team lead in victories. Lopez won his 10th with a 6-1 victory at Anaheim on Thursday.
The Orioles had won 10 of 11 before being shut down by Josh Towers, a former Oriole, in Saturday’s 7-2 loss. Larry Bigbie went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Baltimore, which also had its four-game winning streak at SkyDome snapped.
Carlos Delgado went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs for the Blue Jays, who improved to 2-4 since John Gibbons replaced Carlos Tosca as manager. Toronto snapped a four-game losing streak since winning Gibbons’ debut in New York on Monday.