Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Food and some thoughts

The Tribe game ended pretty late last night so I didn't have time to post (my alarm goes off at 5:00).

So I figured I'd tick off a few quick thoughts while on my lunch break

Good thing I wasn't eating while watching last night's game. It was butt ugly, beginning with both starting pitchers. Neither the Tribe's Anthony Reyes nor the Sox' Brad Penny got out of the third inning, yet they gave up a combined 14 runs (11 earned) in 4 2/3 innings - tossing 175 pitches between them. Wow! The umpire had a postage-stamp zone, but still.

The Red Sox made three costly errors that led to runs, including the game winner in the ninth. In all, only 4 of the Tribe's 8 runs were earned. Making the game even uglier, the Tribe left 12 runners on base, 6 of them in scoring position with two out. Despite scoring 9 runs, you could argue the clutch hitting still wasn't there.

One bit of irony. I blasted Ben Francisco and Mark DeRosa on this blog Monday night as guys I was losing patience with. DeRosa went 4 for 5 Tuesday with a game-tying homer in the 7th. Francisco went 2 for 4 with a 3-run jack, which also - temporarily - tied the game in the 3rd. Let me just say this - Jhonny Peralta you're a bum.

Tony Sipp looked solid again last night. Really tough on lefties. Three Ks in 1 1/3 innings. Raffie Perez also looked good, allowing just 1 hit over 1 2/3 innings. They could be quite a duo if Raffie can get himself back together and Sipp keeps slinging it. Very few teams have the luxury of two solid lefties in the bullpen. Not saying we're there yet, but it's a pleasant thought right now.

As I mentioned in response to a comment Monday, it's beginning to look like David Dellucci will be arriving soon - and not Matt LaPorta. The PD quotes manager Eric Wedge as saying Dellucci may be up with the Tribe as early as this weekend. Can't wait.

Will it be Trevor Crowe or Ben Francisco who goes? My money is on Crowe, who looks like he could use more AAA time.

Well, now that the Tribe has put together its 6th one-game winning streak, let's see if they can make it two in a row for a change. With Wild Man Carmona going up against the most-patient team in the league at the plate, I don't like the chances. (Let's hope the TFIYL affect work as well with Fausto as it did last night with DeRosa and Francisco.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

you are reaching when the best thing is indians got 2 lefties out of the bullpen -

wednesday against boston was terrible

base running, defense ,and offense
read pluto in the PD on friday 5/1
says it all

team is missing fundamentals and leadership - sizemore needs to take charge in CF and start hitting with 2 out and men in scoring position

hafner is he done for the year. lets discuss the front office and their moves or lack of moves

hafner was a mistake
westbrook probably a mistake
delucci, micheals, pavano, - mistakes

wood looks good if we can get to the nineth

goodthing - only about 4 games back