Friday, April 11, 2008

CC making it easier to say goodbye

They say that breaking up is hard to do.

CC Sabathia is making it a whole lot easier.

Sabathia has taken the mound three times this season - his walk season - and has had three awful outings, with tonight's being the worst.

If this continues too much longer Tribe fans won't care where the big man is pitching next season, as long as it isn't Cleveland.

In fact the boos were in the air tonight as Sabathia walked off the Progressive Field mound wondering just what the heck is going on.

Tonight against the A's Sabathia got the first two men he faced, then allowed 10 of the next 12 to get on base.

Tonight's line - 3 1/3 innings, 12 hits, 9 runs (all WELL earned), 2 walks and 4 Ks.

On the year Sabathia is 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA in three starts.

If this keeps up, CC will drop well below Johan Santana money when he looks to peddle his wares at the end of this season. He may even dip under Gil Meche money.

Do you think maybe CC is beginning to be sorry he left the money on the table at the end of spring training? Maybe not yet, but the thought must have at least crossed his mind by now.

On to the good news.

Tribe fans got their first in-person look at Craig Breslow.

Now for the good news for real.

The Tribe refused to roll over despite being down 9-1 heading into the eighth.

Jhonny Peralta continued his hot hitting with another homer, 2 hits in 4 at bats, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

The Dyspeptic Duo, both in the starting lineup at the same time again even though they are supposed to be platoon partners, each had a hit - which is pretty good for them. They even combined for the Tribe's first of 6 runs in the 8th, with a David Dellucci double followed by a Jason Michaels single.

The bullpen pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, although Jorge Julio did let in CC's final 2 runs.

The only other good news is that are still 152 games to go to get this right.


the moose said...

has CC heard of kyle loshe

the moose said...

it has been so painful watching this team this year - the optimist will say its early look at the sox, tigers, and yankees = the pessimist or the eternal tribe fan will say - I think we overachieved last year - nobody is hitting at all and there is not help in the minors - we are stuck with our 25 man roster - 23 minus marte and carroll

Ron Vallo said...

so which one are you? optimist or pessimist?

I will agree that it has been hard to watch. nobody except grady looks good.

eight walks in three innings from fausto?

I think the cold weather has a lot to do with it. I don't have the record handy, but this team floundered through at least mid-May last year.

Let's give it 'til father's day before we write off the year. Or at least Mother's Day

the moose said...

that is an interesting question

Right now the optomist says all teams are struggling - detroit, NY, Boston, etc.. and as bad as they have played they are only a couple of games out - and lee and westbrook are looking good and no one is hitting yet

the pessimist says - look at micheals, delucci, blake, cabrera- are they really that good - on paper this is not a godd hitting team and could byrd be washed up and CC and fausto have tired arms

it was really cold today

Another side note isnt it interesting that the indoor football team and minor league hockey team almost outdrew the indiansthis weekend - dont think cleveland people are in to baseball yet. butthey will when the cavs get knocked out early in playoffs

Ron Vallo said...

well, the hockey team and the indoor football team almost outdrew the indians for one reason

the "indoor" part.

who would buy a ticket to yesterday's game if they had not already done so well in advance with the weather being what it was?

Like the pitchers and hitters, we can;t really get a good picture of fan support until it stays over 50 degrees on a daily basis.

the moose said...

who makes the schedule

boston and cleveland would be a sellout in july

stadium is half full

the only boston visit of the year

BW in Cleveland said...

I hate Joe Borowski

the moose said...

can you say - jose mesa

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 1:27 am EDT

Closing time: Joe (Borowski) blows
By Brandon Funston
Joe Borowski is a 36-year-old with a withering arsenal. He's sitting on a 4.94 ERA from '04 to present. He led the AL with 8 blown saves in '07. And after another miserable outing on Monday, he is tied for the league lead with two blown saves this season. Something's gotta give, right?

Borowski was called in to protect a 4-3 lead against Boston on Monday. He allowed a double to Julio Lugo to lead off. Coco Crisp sacrificed him to third. Dustin Pedroia sacrificed him home. David Ortiz then singled, preceding a bomb by Manny Ramirez on an 83 mph batting practice offering that put Boston ahead by two runs. Kevin Youkilis followed with a double, at which point manager Eric Wedge finally had enough and pulled Big Joe.

Obviously, it's too early to know if this was the straw that broke the (Joe) camel's back, but I'm still putting my money on Masa Kobayashi as the next in line, whenever that time comes He averaged 30 saves over the past seven years in Japan. Maybe Jorge Julio gets a shot, because he has experience, too. But he's been a rodeo clown in his most recent closer opportunities (see Florida, '07). And it's unlikely that Wedge would want to mess with the roles of established relievers Rafael Betancourt (8th inning) and Rafael Perez (situational lefty). Nope, it's gotta be Kobayashi …