2012 Rockies Game #96: Edwar Cabrera vs. Joe Saunders

DENVER, CO - JUNE 27: Starting pitcher Edwar Cabrera #46 of the Colorado Rockies walks off the field after being pulled from the game during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field on June 27, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Cabrera gave up seven runs on five hits in just two and a third innings. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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It's Edwar Cabrera time again! The situation is not ideal, given his start comes at the offense-heavy Chase Park against a team that has won four straight, with a day's notice. Then again, that is significantly better than when he made his MLB debut, at Coors Field a day after Bob Apodaca stepped down.

In two of Cabrera's four AAA starts since his MLB debut, he has allowed 1 earned run or less, struck out nine or more and went at least six innings. He also allowed just 2 home runs over 20.2 innings over the PCL circuit, touring Sacramento and Tacoma as well as Colorado Springs. I am still not convinced he is ready, but he should be significantly more prepared than on June 27.

Joe Saunders was a nontender candidate in the offseason, but Kevin Towers brought the lefty back. Saunders has been a solid back end starter this season in Arizona, walking the fewest batters in his career and flashing his highest strikeout rate since Troy Tulowitzki was a Driller. He has done it by ditching his slider and throwing his slower-than-ever fastball more than ever.

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