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!)
I’m not worried… Why should I be? The Indians answered most of the questions I had tonight. No matter how big the Rangers’ lead got or how many home run they hit or how far… The Tribe didn’t give up!
This game was a lot closer than the final score lets on. At first, we thought it was going to be just like last game. Texas even got the same 4-run 2nd like they had on Opening Day, and Cleveland got another ‘freebie’ point when Garko was beaned and forced a walk-on. But Carmona stayed calm and even through he was taken out in the 5th, he proved to me that he’s going to be fine this season.
The bullpen did ok (despite Betancourt giving up that homer), we finally got our first extra-base hit, our first home run and they kept at in even though a comeback seemed hopeless. The only thing I am worried about is they still can’t seem to get base hits with men in scoring position. But, like I said before, because it their home field the Rangers know how to work their field on both offense and defense unlike any other home team could in their ballpark. The Rangers knew what to expect tonight, the Indians didn’t.
We got Carl Pavano on the mound tomorrow. I’m not sure if that is a good thing at this time or not. But I don’t really see the pitching as the problem here. We need the find a way to wake up everyone’s bats and get some runs on the board! Once we start clicking on offense, everything will fall into place.
It’s only been two games. The World Champion Phillies lost their first two games too before coming back from behind 10 runs today vs the Braves. If they can bounce back like that to grab their first win, so can we.
I’m not worried, Tribe. You shouldn’t be either.
Ok people, Today was bad… REALLY BAD! But, you need to keep a couple things in mind before you all start fliping out like all of us Cleveland fans just LOVE to do…
#1. Cliff Lee Will Be Fine. The man was hit with a line drive that left a knot the size of a golf ball on his throwing arm. That was right before he let four 2-out runs score in the 2nd. Getting hit on the elbow of your pitching arm is going to take you out of your game and it’s not surprising that it took Lee out of his. Plus, he has to try and live up to being a Cy Young winner and preform like one on every start. Most people can’t live up to that right away! Look at C.C. at the start of last season. It took him 3 or 4 starts before he finally got his rhythm back after winning the AL Cy Young in 2007. Just give Cliff some time to find his.
#2. The Rangers Know How to Play in Their Park. Rangers Ballpark is hands-down, a hitters ballpark. So who better knows how to win in that park than the team who plays half their games there? They know how the winds are on the diamond. They know how to work the corners both on offense and defense. If anyone knows how the win in Rangers Ballpark, it’s definitely the Rangers.
#3. It’s Only One Game! 161 More to Come! The season just started. Sure, it didn’t go the way we all hoped it would. But, every team is going to have more than one game like this. It’s good to get a game like this out of the way now so we can figure out what the problem is and fix it before we get to the meat of the season. Don’t jugde a team based on the Opening Day game.
We have 161 more games to go and a night off tomorrow…
The Indians will be fine… Have faith, Tribe.