Are you kidding me?! I didn’t see the game because I went to the fair yesterday. Boy, what a game I missed. When I saw the boxscore, dang was I surprised. Laporta and Marte are actually on legitimate hot streaks. Laporta (4-4 last night) raised his average up to .296 while Marte (2-4) raised his up to .289. These kids can play, and have finally found out how to hit at the big league level. Next year could be a shocking season Cleveland, you be ready!
Marte saved the Indians once again by hitting a three run bomb in the sixth that helped the Tribe topple the Orioles, 5-3. That was the second night of the row Marte hit a game winning homer, and he is on a tear. Marte has a 10 game hitting streak while going (15-36) .417 with three homers and twelve runs batted in. Him and Laporta have really ganged up, and destroyed opposing pitching. Who would have guessed?
Is this the same Andy Marte? The guy that was hitting in the low .200’s for his career BA? The same guy who couldn’t catch up to the fastball, and couldn’t lay off of the low curve? Yes, that’s Andy Marte, only he has a different swagger about him. He seems like he has more confidence, and patience at the plate, which leads to him getting his pitch, and nailing it every time. Andy has really came out of his shell, and finally reached his potential after so many years. I stopped believing myself last year when he hit in the .100’s. Guess it’s time to start believing!
Matt Laporta, as I said is an XBH machine. Well, last night, he went 4-4 with a double and a run. Let’s just add another one to his double column. I think he has like a five game double streak? Laporta has hit (16-39) .410 since joining the Indians and has a 10 game hitting streak. Laporta is a great hitter, the question was, “When will he become a big league hitter?” The answer is, “Now.” Laporta has a great swing, and is really seeing the ball well. Like Andy, Matt is staying back and waiting for his pitch, and his patience has really helped him.
With Marte and Laporta both on 10 game hitting streaks with similar numbers during the streak, they are adding extra fire power to a young Indians lineup. Everyone in the Indians lineup had one hit last night except for Choo, and Giminez who were 0-fers. That’s never a good night, but I am sure Choo will make up for it tonight with a good 3 hits. He is just like that. That’s how he rolls. That’s how the Indians roll. We love you Cleveland!
I can’t believe I missed the game. A friend invited me to go to the County Fair and watch a demolition derby, so I went, and we ended up watching some big smashing and banging and some smoke a-flyin. It was all a good time, but I wouldn’t trade all of that for missing a great Indians game. It’s okay though, I didn’t see the Indians 22-3 win over the Yankees. Dang! I am unlucky, that’s it.
Jeremy Sowers my friend, could you try to go more than 5 innings while giving up 2 earned runs or less? He just doesn’t have the stamina or something, because Sowers pitched pretty well yesterday but only went 4.2 innings. He gave up 2 earned on 6 hits which leads me to think he was near 70 pitches. Why wouldn’t he keep going? Who knows? Maybe Eric Wedge holds him to an 80 or so pitch count so he will ease his way into throwing more pitches. I guess he just dipped his toes in the water cause there is no way he is already halfway in.
He almost seems like Pedro Martinez, where they hold him on a leash until he gets to a certain amount of pitches. Hmmm, if only he was him… I see the similarities, 4.2 innings of work, nibbles on the corner’s, and gives up many hits. Jeremy Sowers needs to start throwing more pitches now, and see where he goes with it. Gosh I remember when my grandpa was a boy. Juan Marichal threw something like a 160 pitches and just iced his arm and was ready to throw the next day. Why can’t pitcher’s go back to the past and throw that many pitches?
Money factor definitely plays into it. If you lose a guy who threw 120 pitches to injury, or his arm is too sore to pitch for the next month, there goes $3 million right out the window. Back then, they didn’t care about money or anything. They would just go out there and pitch every day for the love of the game. I just don’t feel that factor anymore, everyone is about money, money, money. You see young guys at the Draft holding out to get more money, cough cough Stephen Strasburg. Who cares about the money? Who cares about your arm? Let’s just play baseball.
And play it the right way. The love of the game is almost shattered completely. With players not caring about baseball, just wanting money and more money. That just sickens me that players hold out just for more money so they can pay for the Ferrari, and for a mansion. Heck, $1 million is enough for me by itself! Milton Bradley is a good example, having a crappy year, and just not doing anything about it. What adjustments has he made? None. Zero. He hasn’t even thought of making adjustments. He is laughing at the Cubs because he gets paid, and the Cubs got screwed.
The Indians are showing me they have this factor, they go out there every night, gunning for the W. The starting pitchers go out there time after time, and really give the Indians a chance to stay in the ballgame. In Fausto Carmona’s case, keep the Indians within 7 runs. Good enough right? The offense has been shining with the young stars in Andy Marte and Matt Laporta, and have really been playing off of them. They are the energizer bunnies of the Cleveland Indians, and have enough power to run the team.
Even though Progressive Field hasn’t let many home runs out of the yard happen, the Indians have still won many games there. And who needs the long ball? The Indians have the gaps and all kinds of time to run! That’s old school, and that is the Cleveland Indians! Progressive Field has been helpful to pitcher’s as it ranks about 20th for home runs hit. I guess it must be the left field wall, the mini monster. Or it could be the 410 wall at center, which doesn’t give up alot of homers. You have to be a man to hit one out there. We haven’t seen many hit it out there.
This all leads back to one factor, the love of the game. Players like Derek Jeter, Omar Vizquel, always play for the love of the game. They just love baseball itself, and don’t care about money or if they are sore or not. Cal Ripken Jr. is a great example. He was hurt many times throughout his record consecutive games streak. But did he stop? No, cuz he wanted that record. He has the love of the game and my respect. If only all players could have that, oh how the game would change…
The Indians, are dazed, wobbling, and teetering, but still, they are not out of the Central. They just haven’t gotten that finishing punch just yet and could still be a threat to the division at large. 12 back, at the start of today, the Indians are very well in the hunt for the AL Central Pennant. The Tribe has gone (14-9) in their last 23 games, and if they get the win today, will have won 6 out of their past 8
series’. Who says that they “Can’t” come back? Why “Can’t” they take a few series from the Tigers and White Sox. It’s possible, anything is, and this seems in reach.
Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting .310 entering play today, which ranks 12th in the American League. Over his last 20 games, Cabrera has hit .344 with three homers, two triples, eight doubles, and 10 RBI’s.
Ted’s Take: Asdrubal has been seeing the ball well, as today is his second start in the No. 3 hole. He is sizzling, as he seems to build off of each game, and has been hitting the gaps very well. It won’t be too soon before Cabrera anchors the No. 3 spot in the Tribe batting order.
He has caught my eye, the way he plays… He goes out day after day and has fun, just like being a kid out there. He plays a solid defense, and can steal a base if you aren’t careful. Watch for him to keep on going.
Aaron Laffey, (6-3, 3.25) has been the Tribe’s ace this year. Aaron Laffey is (3-1) with a 1.40 ERA in his past four starts. In three of those outings, he didn’t allow an earned run. “He’s been more aggressive around the plate,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. In his last 10, Laffey is (5-2) with a respectable 3.17 ERA. As said on http://indians.mlb.com/ Laffey’s ERA would rank eighth among all AL pitchers if he had the required number of innings—40 short.
Ted’s Take: Laffey has caught the eye of Eric Wedge, and me. He has been the Tribe’s ace as of late, and has always been a great pitcher. He can go 6 innings and always give his team in his case (the Indians) a chance to win, everytime he goes out there. He is a warrior, who lives off of changing speeds and fooling hitters. If he keeps up his hot streak, the Indians could gun down the top teams of the Central. It is possible.
David Huff, who pitched Friday vs. the Twins, went 5 strong giving up 9 hits, and 2 Earned Runs. Huff, (7-6, 6.55) is (2-0) with a 5.28 ERA. He is continuing to throw strikes, and get ahead of hitters, but also continues to give up way too many hits when he is ahead in the count. Huff, has also struggled against lefties, a stat that is rare for a left hander to do. Lefties are hitting .386 (51-132) against Huff this year, and the Twins lefties, (Mauer, Span, and Morneau) went 3-7 against him in Friday’s game. Huff had to say about Mauer, “Mauer is unbelievable. I tried to throw everything at him today. The only time I got him out was a changeup that I accidentally left up around the letters and he hit it straight up in the air. I guess that’s what I need to do — I just need to start making mistakes to him.”
Ted’s Take: If Huff continues to be knocked around by lefties, then maybe he just needs to face the White Sox every outing because they are chalk full of righties. If Huff continues to struggle, opposing managers will start to put in all of their lefties to make it tough on Huff, (Hey that rhymes.) He needs to really work on his curveball and his changeup, and make sure he keeps them down vs. left handed hitters, or we will see alot of balls leave the yard.
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-Tribe Talk With Ted