D-Cab is getting pummeled over at Nationals Journal today. I can understand it. I never said he was good, and he's a damn frustrating pitcher to watch.
But what's annoying me is that people are still talking about Cabrera as if he's some potential superstar who just lacks mental toughness. This analysis has been out of date for at least 3 years.
Cabrera is a really tall guy who like most really tall guys isn't all that coordinated. There's a reason that 7-footers are usually not very good free-throw shooters and ball-handlers. Watch him hit. He has about as much natural body control as I do. Yeah, there was a time when the could throw hard, but even that hasn't been the case for a while. As for his command, he just doesn't have any. Never has. Expecting him to suddenly start pounding the strike zone makes about as much sense as expecting Nook Logan to start hitting tape-measure homers. He can't do it. Not won't. Can't.
D-Cab is sitting on a 4.85 ERA (which is quite a bit better than 6.54, if you're looking for starting pitchers to rail about). That's a little lucky, but it's also a little better than what we had any right to expect. He's really doing exactly what anyone should have expected when we signed him, nothing more nothing less. If he was better than this, he would have gotten more than $2 million.
The biggest problem with Cabrera is that Manny's taking away his main virtue, his durability. This is a guy who has averaged 99 or more pitches per start since his second full season at 24. This year, Manny hasn't let him go past 94 pitches once.