Again, sorry about the lack of updates on the blog. My internet’s been acting up the past week and everything seems to be up and running again so expect posts to start up again both here and on my Twitter page.
I really don’t want to talk about last nights game for obvious reasons. But, let me just say the Carl Pavano can either be “Light’s Out” or the worst pitcher in MLB! There just doesn’t seem to be any kind of middle ground with this guy this season and we all know he’s better then this!
Right, I’m running on no sleep here so I’ll leave it at that for now. I just wanted to let you all know that I’m still living! I’ll get into the larger detail after tonight’s game.
There is something about that ballpark in Cleveland that seems to bring out the worst in Tampa Bay. When I heard that the Rays were 1-for-their-last-15 in Progressive Field I thought, ‘Well, that’s not much of a stat… The Rays STUNK in those years! They didn’t get good until last season when they won the American League.’ So, the fact that the Tribe have a winning record vs the Rays in the Prog didn’t mean much to me going into this 4-game series.
Game 1 did NOT start well! Carmona just collapsed in the 2nd when he walked four straight! At the end of the 2nd, TB led 5-0 and at the end of the 4th, they led 10-0… This is where I shut the game off! It’s not like me to quit watching a game because my team it doing badly, but after a very bad day and seeing the Tribe basically kill themselves in this game, I shut it off, read a little bit of ‘The Yankee Years’ and went to bed.
I woke up around 2am, came downstairs and said ‘Ok, how bad did do?’ I logged on the ESPN and saw one hell of a surprise! WE WON! Holy Crap! WE WON! Victor Martinez with the 2-run single to win it in the classic ‘Bottom-of the 9th, 2-Strikes, 2-Out, Game-on-the-Line’ fashion that every kid imagines themselves in in their backyard growing up. WOW! If you think I was disapointed that I missed this epic comeback, you’re wrong! I was jumping up and down yelling ‘YES! YES! YES!’ Memorial Day was a memorable one for the Tribe.
I didn’t listen to Game 2 of this series because of the Cavs playoffs. But, I did follow it on ESPN’s GameCast and was happy to see the Indians win 5-1. I was even happier that all the points scored was via the Home Run! (Take THAT New Yankee Stadium!) Any hope the Rays had to prove that the game before was a fluke were ended early. Pavano was shut-out over seven complete inning only giving up the one run. He’s definitely gotten better in the last few starts.
Before Game 3, There was a 2-hour rain delay before it started so I miss the real start about 8:30 or so. Glad I did too, The Rays got off to a fast start by scoring 5 in the 1st. But the Indians responded with 5-runs of their own in the 2nd. Tampa tied it in the 3rd, but the Tribe also took over in that inning and won the game 12-7. There was also one other thing at the game that made that night special…
MIKE AND MIKE!!!http://espn.go.com/broadband/player.swf?mediaId=4212128
They even broadcasted the ESPN Radio show from Progressive Field the next day for the ESPN2 show.
Game 4 was a mid-afternoon game that was also started late due to rain. Not much to say about this one other than the Tribe won 2-1, Martinez drove in both runs for the Indians (his third straight game with two RBIs), and the Rays have now lost 17 straight game in Cleveland.
A 4-game sweep. I didn’t think I was gonna see one this season. Now, we face the Yankees for another 4-game set. I’m interested to see how we play them now the we’ve won 4-in-a-row. I think we can win tonight (Lee on the mound) and Sunday (Pavano) but I’m not so sure about Saturday or Monday’s game. We’ll just have to see waht happens.
…But what a series for the Tribe! Against the AL Champs no less!
‘Bout time things started to go our way!
By the way: I will be co-hosting the sports talk-show I help work on this week. I’ll be on Sports PowerTalk this Sunday from 4-7pm on WZIP 88.1 Akron. If you don’t live in that area, you can listen online at WZIP.fm I really hope you guys will check it out!
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The Tribe was determined to make sure the fans at Progressive Field didn’t go home with a rotten egg this Easter…
It took about a week, but the Indians FINALLY got their first win today against the Toronto Blue Jays by beating them 8-4. After getting destroyed by Texas in all three games in the season openers, losing the home opener that took WAY too long and just missing a chance to pull a 9th inning comeback yesterday, We get our first W on the year.
This means a lot to the Tribe. Not just as a boost of confidence, but many questions were answered…
Bats are awake and Pronk is BACK! Hafner hit his third Home Run in four games. Well, maybe ‘hit’ isn’t the right word… ‘Crushed’ seems more fitting. I know he won’t stay this hot all season, but it’s just great to see that his slump is over. As for the other batters, so far no real complaints. DeRosa got his first homer as a member of the Tribe. I’m very glad that whatever was holding him back at Texas seems to have let go. I just wish we could start getting base hits with guys in scoring position.
Kerry Wood can help save this team! Ok, Maybe it IS a little early to say that, but today, he stuck out all three of the batters he faced in the 9th in epic fashion! I think the Tribe will do just fine with him as our closer.
Those being said, There are still things that need to be worked on before the Indians can start seeing true success.
Fix the starting rotation. Anthony Reyes played six innings and got the win today but a wild pitch and a badly thrown ball kept the Jays in the game until the Indians bats attacked in the 8th. But, thus far, he still had the best game any Tribe starter has had yet! Cliff did better on Saturday but still only pitched five innings. And Carl Pavano’s ERA is 81.00! I didn’t even think you could have an ERA that high!!! Let’s hope Carmona can bounce back tomorrow night at KC. I don’t want to talk about this issue all season long…
Get hits with guys in scoring position. I know I talked about this a little already, but this as been a problem for the Indians for some time now. We always seem to leave that one guy on 2nd or 3rd at the end of an inning with no runs to show for it! Thankfully, with the bats as hot as they are now, we may solve that problem soon.
I’m so happy that we won’t be falling to our worst record since 1914. This win was something we needed and we got it because of a team effort and it wouldn’t surprise me if it’ll be used as motivation for many wins to come.
…A happy Easter indeed…
(PS: And congrats to Trevor Crowe on getting his first MLB hit and RBI today! Way to go!)
Ok… I won’t lie to you, Tribe. After the 2nd inning of today’s game, I was in search of that ‘Panic Button’ I was talking about on Opening Day. I mean, I had my doubts on Carl Pavano starting today but… down 9-1 at the end of the 2ND?! DAMN!
What is it with our staring pitching so far? I can give Cliff Lee some slack for his performance. After all, He was struck by a line drive just above his throwing elbow right before he let four 2-out runs get on the board. So what was Carmona’s and Pavano’s deal? Nerves? Or was it that we just really didn’t know how to stop the Texas hitters?
Whatever the reason, Zach Jackson did his best to get try and get us out of the hole. He’s not anywhere near taking over a starting job. But, a few more games as the long man and we could see some great things from him in the future.
The good news is for the second game in a row, the Indians didn’t just just lay down and die like they did in game 1. The bats finally came alive today with 5, yes FIVE, home runs from the Tribe in hopes of getting back into the game. Grady Sizemore hit two 2-run homers, but also struckout three times. It seems as if Victor’s slump may have been snapped as he hit also homered and Pronk hit the ball so hard in the 9th it may as well had made it half way to China is the stands weren’t in the way! Kelly Shoppach was also able to touch-’em-all today
I’ll bet if they had to play one more game vs Texas, Cleveland would of won…
Bottom Line: Texas came into this opening series ready to play… we weren’t. And by the time we were, The Rangers already knew our weak points. I have faith that the next time we let that happen won’t be for a EVERY long time.
Also, It was nice to see Omar Vizquel on the field again. I miss him here in Cleveland.
The Tribe FINALLY comes home to Progressive Field (aka “The Jake”) tomorrow for a weekend series against the Blue Jays. We’ll have Scott Lewis on the mound who had a 2.63 ERA last year. Will he fair better than our last three starters? If the Indians do their job at the plate, I think so. But, just remember… Offense scores runs, but pitching wins games.
Last time the Cleveland Indians went 0-3 to start a season, they when on to win close to 100 games that year. Once when the Yankees went 0-3, they won the ALCS… Maybe getting swept on the road to start off wasn’t the way we wanted to begin the 2009 season, but at least we know it’s not the end of it… and that we get to come home tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s a new day, Tribe. A new game. A Home Opener…
Tomorrow is Opening Day again…
Let’s make it count!
(PS: I’ll be trying to do a LIVE MLBlog tomorrow! I’ll be updating throughout the Home Opener with my thoughts and opinions about every inning or so, or whenever a big play happens. I’ll start posting about half-a-hour to an hour before the game. Be sure to check it out!)