So glad the Braves don't have to see Capuano anymore this year. Soft tossing lefties seem to give them fits and Capuano has owned them lately. He was cruising along to another 8+ inning, 1 run >5 hit game. They chased him in the 8th, tied the game 3-3, and put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the 11th to win 4-3.
Of course the f***ing Nationals won again. 70-49 through August 17th and still 4 games out of first.
Heyward is on pace for about a 25/20 type season. He's on 20 HR and 17 SB right now and has 61 RBI.
Although his bat is powerful enough to overcome those defensive shortcomings, Cabrera's defense put a large dent in his overall value. Then just 24 years old, it was unlikely that Cabrera's athleticism would improve enough to handle the position long-term.
To the general surprise of, well, everyone, the Tigers' new third baseman has been ... decent. At the plate, he has been his typical MVP-caliber self; no surprise there. In the field, he hasn't been as bad as expected. He looked awkward, especially early in the season, but at other times he's shown athleticism and agility.
His range rates below-average for the season, but he's started double plays very efficiently and he's made a few heads-up plays that saved the team a handful of runs. Overall, Baseball Info Solutions' DRS system estimates that he has played average defense thus far.
Cabrera deserves credit for holding his own at the hot corner, and it's helped the Tigers keep runs off the board. Boosted by the acquisition of Omar Infante, the entire Tigers infield seems to be holding it together. However, given his history, it's unlikely Cabrera and the Tigers can keep this up for the stretch run. In addition to Cabrera's past defensive struggles, Fielder (career minus-81 DRS at first base) also has had his share of defensive struggles, although he's held them in check this year (minus-6 DRS would be the second-"best" defensive season of his career).
Cabrera's body could wear down from a full season at third base and that could potentially take its toll in the field or even at the plate. If the effects are felt at an inopportune moment -- say, during any of the Tigers' seven remaining games against the first-place White Sox -- it could cost them the AL Central and a playoff spot.