All of our teams have players that can consistently hit well or players that don’t make a single error. But to face the facts, we all have liablities somewhere in our lineups. You can’t deny it either. Every single team has a liablity throughout them. It just so happens that the Indians have well… in lack of a better phrase A TON! Baseball is a game of liabilities and the team with the least throughout the season wins.
Grady Sizemore just came off an injury infested season. His shoulder bothered him throughout his swing, and all he could do is pull the ball. If Sizemore doesn’t get back to normal, the Indians will be getting a chunk bit out of them this season. Grady needs to be the best he can be as a leadoff hitter, but in Acta’s case the 2 hitter. (more on this later) If he can’t produce, than the Indians offense I predict will slump with him.
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It seems as though when Sizemore is going good that the Indians offense follows I guess its like monkey see, monkey do, but that’s just me. Grady is definetely a leader in the clubhouse and really helps out the young guys. He steps up when needed and when he is healthy can give pitchers fits. But the liability behind the whole “package deal” is the fact that he strikes out too much, and no one knows where to put him in the lineup. At times he can go with little striking out, but in some circumstances he can strike out far too much which doesn’t seem promising.
When you put Grady in the leadoff spot, he is comfortable there and it seems as though he is more of a hitter. He takes the first pitch of the game so that he can see what the pitcher has and can feel better standing in the box than he would in any other spot in the order. I don’t like the 2nd spot though. Yes Grady can put a bunt down when needed to move a runner, and can also get things started, but he can’t hit the ball the opposite way. The biggest factor in this whole baffling process is that Grady can’t hit for contact. So the 2 spot is not for him.
But oh Manny Acta would like to differ. He thinks that Grady is a shoe in for the two spot and that Asdrubal Cabrera should be the leadoff hitter. Which brings me to another liability,… coaching. I don’t see why Acta thinks that Grady is such a wonderful 2 hitter. He strikes out way to much and like I said can’t go the other way while Cabrera can hit all fields and strikes out a miniscule number of times. I don’t understand the thought process.
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It’s almost like he’s thinking backwards. Already on my bad side, which is not good counting that we’re not even through the first Spring Training game this year. If anything at all Grady should be at the 3 or 4 spot but 2? What the heck is this guy thinking? Maybe he’ll figure it out during the season when the Indians aren’t producing like he “figures” they will.
I think the biggest liability in Cleveland right now is there young arms. Yes, Jake Westbrook is feeling healthy. And yes I am excited. But it all comes down to the same questions, “Will he produce?” and “Will he play through the injury?”. I would have to say he will produce for the pitching staff, but he’s not going to turn them into a team that is the top pitching staff in the league. Of course, he could come into the season and just stink it up. We don’t know what he is and isn’t going to do yet.
I think that Westbrook has a good chance of being the two guy in the rotation. Maybe others disagree, but until Westbrook proves me wrong, I think he should be glued into that spot. Acta probably disagrees, and that’s why I hate em. As long as Westbrook fights for a good season and gives us 9 or 10 wins, I will be proud to bring him back. And no I won’t bash on him if he doesn’t do so well, the guy is injured give him a break.
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Fausto Carmona also makes me wonder… where did this guy go? Now two bad years after almost being the Cy Young award winner in 07. I just wanna know how a guy can go from so good to so bad. His control was amazing during 2007, and during the offseason he got into some bad habits. He walks too many people now, and his sinker is finding it’s way up in the zone. He’s a huge liability and could be the difference in finishing last in the Central or 2nd (I’m thinking it’s gonna be close).
Suppose David Huff continues to pitch well as he did last year, and our bullpen does not let us lose an extra ten games, then I think that we’ll be okay. But these things are all liabilities and they could go in either direction. As you can see the Indians have many liabilities, suprise suprise. Let’s just try and cut back on a few heading into 2011. I might have a better attitude. Just put on your headresses and paint your faces like chief wahoo cause the seasons a’comin. Good luck, and until next time…
Over the years, Cleveland has been the “centerpiece” for all prospects, and young guys looking for a place to “live the dream.” Well Cleveland is the right place to go Wayward sons, as we offer the best package in baseball. You grow upon our organization so strongly you can’t let go. We are the “centerpiece” in all baseball, to trade away, and move players at any instant. That’s us, your Cleveland Indians.
In the 1990’s, our success was based upon many young guys who hit the snot out of the ball. Most of these guys stumbled upon great teams and built up wonderful career’s that still go on today. We are the “centerpiece” as I said. We have the power. We can make or break the history of our program and the history of baseball, well maybe not that but you know what I mean right?
So why do we not sign the best player’s in the league and why do we trade our best players for the “rebuilding” process year after year? I don’t know. Possibly because we know these guys have blistering potential that could swirl up into one bad counter act destroying the team? Example: Manny Ramirez. Just Manny being Manny in his own world.
Or could it be that we don’t have enough money to pay their contracts? I don’t think this is the answer to go with because we have a pretty even, and fair budget. It’s not like we are the Pirates, but at the same time we aren’t as “loaded” as the Yankees are. They can go out and spend countless amounts of money on anyone they want whenever they want. We simply just can’t.
Over the years, we have groomed such players as Jim Thome, Richie Sexson, and Manny Ramirez, who are/were household names. Thome has joined the 500 HR club recently and Manny has continued his inglorious career with the Los Angeles Dodgers who are feeding him money at his feet.
Remember, we had them. We went there. That was us for a point in time. We were the “centerpiece” and held the destiny to our own franchise. Yet we stopped spending on them to “rebuild”? Or we didn’t offer them a “good enough” contract? Doesn’t cut it for me. We should have kept them until they chose to go, not because we wanted them to leave cuz we couldn’t pay their contract.
Just think how the future could have changed, maybe we could still have Jim Thome. We could have gone with offering another contract to him, instead of showing him the back of our grubby little hands. Instead of building the franchise around him and using the “centerpiece” to continue our destiny, we threw it away. We did it to ourselves Cleveland. We held our own destiny and threw it away. It sucks, I know, but it has to be dealt with.
That is why Victor Martinez didn’t wanna go from Cleveland, because we were so good to him. He loved us and we loved him back, but not like a man love or anything that’s just weird. Victor cried when he heard he was being “traded” because he didn’t wanna leave the beautiful city and its glorious fans. He wanted to stay here and continue onward into his outstanding career.
But we did it again. Traded away another good one. All for the sake that we were “rebuilding” and wanted fresh meat on the market. Raincheck, Victor is fresh meat, it seems as though we brought him up yesterday. Its not like he is “too old” for the rebuilding process, why keep him? The younger guys you are quote “building around” don’t have big salaries at all, so why not keep Victor?
Instead we get Justin Masterson who is a reliever “gone starter” and doesn’t have the stuff yet that we were looking for. And in trading Victor we didn’t get really anything “huge” for the rebuilding process. So what’s the matter with keeping him? And “if” your going to trade him, make sure you hold out for Buchholz. He is an actual pitcher who we could get something out of.
The front office scares me at the little knowledge that they possess. Its almost like if we don’t have a “winning” season, you can say “bye bye” to our top players. And as Aaron in Cleveland Baseball said, “Grady could be the next one to go?” I totally agree with this possessive front office occurring right now for the Tribe. Its scary to think of Grady in another uniform, yet not playing on our side.
Why are we always “rebuilding” and “reloading” as Shapiro calls it. What do we ever get out of it? We got the 2007 season and that is about it. Instead we throw away two seasons and wait for the third to “possibly” be a contending year. Not gonna cut it. For one Wedge is gonzo after this season, as he is horrible in the first half of the season, and second off, Shapiro will get the back of the hand too.
The “centerpiece” for all things in Cleveland has truly run out as of late. As we have supplied many teams with “power, and speed, and pitching” yet what have we gotten? One good year of “contending”? The Padres and The Friar Faithful are digging “Kouz” who the Indians mentored throughout the minors, and the Dodgers are digging Manny. Who are we digging? Who have we “gotten” from someone else that we have “loved”?
I can’t really answer that one right now, as it teeters in my mind. We are the “suppliers” and in return recieve the young blood. We are the “Wal Mart” of major league baseball, supplying all of “your needs” and nothing else. So maybe we aren’t a rotten team after all, maybe we are just many people persons, combined into a huge collaboration that we call the “Cleveland Indians”?
You can’t keep on telling us we are “reloading” for next season to just keep on failing and keep shutting out the fan base. That isn’t going to be selling many seats. You can’t keep on telling us that “we will contend in 2011 no matter what the circumstances are!” Because in truth, you don’t know one way or another which way we are going to fall. For all you know, we could lose 100 games.
The “centerpiece” has come and gone over the years, and yet have we to receive a player that we “had it our way” like Burger King, for once in our lives. For we are the manager’s at Burger King and every other team picks and chooses who they want, and we supply them with no argument whatsoever. Time for a change, time to be the “receivers not the “suppliers.” And its time we storm into Cleveland and rant and rave about our “front office.” Let’s go Cleveland the future is ours.
The Indians lost. That is what it says on every newspaper Cleveland owns. But, what they didn’t put was how great the Indians played from inning six on. “Despite the “Chooooo”
chants, and Asdrubal Cabrera’s big night, they still couldn’t do it. With the bases loaded multiple times, they couldn’t do it. But they got the bases loaded didn’t they? They almost beat the Angels. The hottest team besides the Yankees in the major leagues. They hung around, couldn’t get knocked off. What a game to be in attendance for…
Ted’s Take: It was unreal. During the big run outburst in the 3rd inning for the Indians, my uncle went to one of the Indians team shops. There he heard the same repeated words, “Can I get this Uncle Marky?” He was shocked to see that Mark Shapiro was there with his nephew. As Shapiro went to check out, my uncle got to have a talk with him about the Indians, and have a nice little **** chat with one of baseball’s best GM’s. His total bill was huge, somewhere in the 100’s. The cashier told him that he had qualified for four box seats since he paid so much for the Indians merchandise, “Wahoo Bucks.” He said, “I am the GM, I can’t take those.” So the lady gave them to my Uncle Mark.
He later caught up to Shapiro and said, “Thanks.” Shapiro told him, “Don’t worry about it, your welcome.” What a nice guy, and great GM. Mark Shapiro, you can do it all. We want you to stay in Cleveland!
Ted’s Take: I was on tv, twice. And on the Jumbotron, twice. It was so cool! Before the game, before I got into the stadium, a guy with a camera came up to me and told me he would like to catch me on video to show on STO, (Sports Time Ohio, Indians tv channel) and I accepted. Duh!… I kept pointing at my Indians hat, and my red shirt with the old Indians logo, as I put my finger up and shouted, “We are number one!” More like ‘We are number four.’ The other time I was on tv was when a guy came over to our seating section and got us on in the middle of the fourth inning. I got his attention, and the nice man politely filmed me and my family, as we ever joyfully cheered for the Tribe!
Now the Jumbotron. I was on the Jumbotron for a Smile Cam. Another cool guy came over and I waved his way, so he told me he would get me on Smile Cam. I smiled my wonderful smile as I saw myself on the scoreboard, so I waved. You always have to do that! The other time, Slider gave away a pizza in our section, so it was our lucky day. Too bad, he didn’t give it to me. But I was on the Jumbotron again!
Ted’s Take: I had a nice conversation with a Yankees fan, sorry New York but why was he at an Indians-Angels game? Guess he was with some friends? Huh?… Well anyways, he was talking smack, just as a foul ball came our way.
The Yankee fan reached out to get it, but bobbled it while an Indians fan, in our row, caught it. Haha, that’s what you get you Yankees fan! Maybe you should where an Indians shirt next time and then Chief Wahoo will give you some respect! It was one of the funniest moments ever to go on there.
Ted’s Take: The game was very good. Fausto Carmona came out of the gates slow, by giving up five Angels runs in the first three innings. One of them, was via Andy Marte, the bozo who can’t field or hit. Talk about disaster! He tried to play the ball on the short hop, but couldn’t field it. I would’ve been able to get that easily. Well, that’s what happens when you give a guy with that lack of talent, that many chances… Fausto finished the fourth and fifth innings unharmed though. He was controlling the ball better in my eyes.
The Indians offense finally picked up in the second and third inning, when they got one and two runs. Asdrubal Cabrera, and his new best friend his twelve game hitting streak, had four hits last night with one RBI. That doesn’t hurt the old batting average eh? He is now up to .316 and is looking to jump into the top ten in the AL for BA. Grady Sizemore had a game as well, with two hits, two runs, and two walks he was the leader as he was on base every time but one. And oh Jhonny boy had a good night as well, with two hits and two RBI’s he was the guy who came up clutch with runners on.
Wow. The relief pitching was amazing last night. Jensen Lewis went two solid innings, while he gave up two baserunners, a walk and a hit. And he struck out three. Rafael Perez, who was a long time native of the Rafae brothers, (Kind of like the Mario Brothers, in 07 Rafael Perez and Rafael Betancourt were both dominant relievers. They caught on and Cleveland found their new baby’s.) Pitched great, as he went one inning where he got a K, a pop out and a weak ground ball. Then Jess Todd, don’t let his name full you, he has the McNasty stuff. He went two innings giving up two hits, and one walk while striking out two. He was shaky in the ninth, but got it done.
Inside the Loss: The Indians had four runs, the Angels with five. The Indians had twelve hits, the Angels with thirteen. Trevor Bell went 5.1 innings allowing three earned runs, Fausto Carmona, 5 innings with three earned, five scored. The Indians with one error, the Angels with an egg. The Angels with one through nine in the order batting .300+, the Indians,… uhmmm, not even close.
Ted’s Take: You can see why the Indians lost. They played a great team. The Los Angeles Angels are a world series contender. They have the bats, definetely, but they also have the glove and the pitching. Last night, Chone Figging made like three beautiful plays where he went to his right, and backhanded a ball which he made the perfect throw to first base to get an Indian out. He is a player, offensively and defensively. As they say, “defense wins championships!”
Just cause we lost doesn’t mean we are on a losing streak.
I also would like to shout out to fellow Indians blogger, (Passion And Pride Collide.) We are teaming up and trying to get as many comments as we can. And we also wanna get as many Tribe fans as possible so if you recommend us, we will thank you greatly!
-Tribe Talk With Ted