Well, I’m not sure where to start tonight. Let’s try the Indians. A one out hit by Victor in the bottom of the ninth earned him a seat on the bench as Barfield came in to run. (I had to remind myself that Wedge had been ejected already, because I was ready to jump on him for that one.) Garko gets drilled in the elbow, pushing Barfield to second. Peralta flies out, leaving the runners where they were. Gutierrez works a walk with some rare plate discipline, loading the bases and setting the stage for Lofton. Two outs, bottom of the ninth in a tie game. The count goes full. Lofton fouls off a high outside pitch that could have ended it. Next pitch…did I mention it was a tie game? Do you know why?
Back-up to the top of the ninth. We have a 5-4 lead. The only reason we had a lead was very timely hitting by, well most of the line-up. See, all of our runs scored with two outs. In fact we had 8 hits with two outs. So Laffey pitched well enough to win, Perez allowed runners to score for the first time since like 1999, and we came back to take the lead. Done deal right? Not really. Enter Joe Bo. He walked the lead off batter. Gave up a single, then a sacrifice bunt. The tying run scored on a ball that just got past Borowski, but was handled by Cabrera for an out. Joe got his 6th blown save, and nearly his 6th loss.
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Cue the music, roll the highlight film…we’ve got Thursday night preseason action!
Seriously, this game is ridiculous. What do we hope to accomplish tonight? Do you even want to see Quinn play? Maybe a series? Can you imagine the curse talk that would surround the city if Brady was injured in the last preseason game of the year? It just doesn’t seem worth it.
So why even play this game? Seems like a tremendous waste. Will the starters play more than a series? I’d play Derek Anderson pretty much the entire second and third quarters. Let Dorsey have the fourth. Maybe someone will make an offer for one of them. I can’t imagine carrying all four into the season. It just doesn’t make sense. And I don’t think that Dorsey is automatically out here. I think that Savage would trade Anderson for $.75 on the dollar. Maybe a fifth round pick? Maybe a D-lineman? I don’t know. I could see Atlanta, Minnesota, or even New Orleans trading for Anderson to be 2nd or 3rd string.
(By the way, the picture of Grossman here- usually his head is up his own butt, now he’s getting his lineman involved!) Continue reading
Sweet sweep! The Tribe beat Santana for the 4th time this season, in the process they get C.C. his 15th win. Sabathia wasn’t perfect, but labored and got the plays when he needed them. There were some nice defensive plays by Garko, Martinez, and Sabathia. Plus the Boy Wonder, Cabrera, played a good shortstop, and hit a two run homer off Santana in the first. Victor also homered in the 1st, and Lofton singled home a run as the Tribe batted around in the first. That would be all the runs we would need. Sabathia pitched 6 innings, giving up 2 runs, Jenson Lewis pitched a scoreless inning, Betancourt gave up a run in his inning, and Borowski got the save without surrendering a run.
Filed under Asdrubal Cabrera, baseball, C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Division race, Indians, Jacob's Field, pitchers, Rafael Betancourt, Ryan Garko, Sports, Victor Martinez
Alright OSU fans! We are 3 days away from the 2007 season, and I am ready for a tough, hard fought Buckeye victory! Unfortunately, that won’t come for a couple of weeks, as we open with Youngstown State. Oh well, I’ll take my Buckeye fix anyway I can get it. On to the rest of the countdown- (the first half was actually 60 reasons, so its not really half…never mind…)
- All the hoopla and hype at UM. What I love is that Henne or Long, or Carr can’t be interviewed without the question “CAN you beat Ohio State this year?” I LOVE IT!!!!!
- This YouTube video (by the way, this was found on Buckeye Battle Cry, and I nearly wept when I saw it.)
First off- I’m pumped that the Tribe has kept winning, and especially that we took the first two games in this series. That makes this match-up tonight more fun to watch, because honestly we all wanted 2 of 3 from Minnesota. Now that we have that, we can enjoy this even more.IN THE GREY CORNER- from Tovar, Venezula. Standing 6 feet tall and weighing 208 pounds. A dominating left hander with 2 CY Young Awards to his credit. He is 6th in the American League in wins with 14, and second in strike outs with 198. His era of 2.97 ranks him 2nd in the A.L. Against the Indians this year he is 0-3, with a 3.67 era. Quite possibly the best pitcher of the decade…Johan Santana…
AND IN THE WHITE CORNER- from Vallejo, California. He is 6-7, and weighs 290 pounds. This southpaw also has 14 wins and is 4th in the league with 174 strikeouts. His 3.38 era lands him in the top 10 in that category as well. His 3 complete games is second only to Halliday. Against the Twins this year he is 2-1 with a 1.66 era. This 27 year old goes for his 96th career victory tonight…Carsten Charles Sabathia!
Good points John. I wonder was Charlie Frye’s performance good enough to be named the opening week starter this week? I thought Charlie did a good job, particularly his handling of third down situations. He certainly looked comfortable running the offense. And speaking of that it was nice to see Jamal Lewis move the ball on the ground. Did you notice he got most of his yards running to the left side? Makes a lot of sense to me. Thomas did well run blocking, but I thought struggled a bit in pass protection. His man got the sack on Anderson, and on the very next snap he needed double team help to keep Dumervil off Derek. I was less impressed by Derek as everyone else I’ve talked to about the game has been. Sure, he was 7-9 for 74 yards, but I felt he didn’t take enough chances down field, and let’s face it the offense sputtered when he was in the game. Whether that is a result of the play calling, or the defense I’m not sure, but He had another chance to get them in the end zone and failed to get it done.
Filed under Brady Quinn, Browns, defense, Derek Anderson, Eric Steinbach, Eric Wright, football, Jamal Lewis, Joe Jurevicius, Joe Thomas, Josh Cribbs, Kellen Winslow, NFL, Romeo Crennel, Sports
Ok . . . I’m not lining up for playoff tickets or have delusions of a 10 win season or anything, but Last night’s game showed me something that kept my hopes of 8-8 alive. Charile Frye led the Browns offense down the field and scored on a Lewis 1 yard touchdown run. There it is: offensive points and an admirable drive. Frye ended up 5 for 7 with 68 yards passing and 13 yards rushing. All in all a decent start. Lewis had 48 yards on 15 carries with the touchdown. Derek Anderson was 7 for 9 with 74 yards and Brady Quinn was 7 for 11 with 81 yards and a 20 yard touchdown toss to Josh Cribbs. Once again no one stood out as the no doubt starting QB for this squad.
I still have plenty of concerns; like the defense giving up 91 yards on 17 carries to Selvin Young and 54 yards on 11 carries to Cecil Sapp. However, most of that yardage was surrendered in the second half. I am also disappointed by the penalties: 8 penalties for 55 yards. One nullified an interception on the Broncos’ first drive. There were two false start penalties: one on the Brown’s second drive forcing a punt when It appeared they would try to convert a 4th and 2, and the other making 2nd and 4 into 2nd and 9 killing the momentum on another drive. I also don’t like to see 4 sacks. Continue reading
Tonight the Tribe had 17 hits, and scored 9 runs. They jumped out to an early lead, and held on for the win. Now in my pre-game post I asked for the offense to get Carmona his win, but what I didn’t realize is that Laffey was pitching tonight. So Laffey gets all the offense, which pretty much followed form, as the fifth starter and Byrd seem to get all the run support. I also asked for them to pick up the game they dropped last night. That wish was granted when the Yankees beat the Tigers 7-2. So the lead is back up to 2.5 games, and the Tribe has Carmona pitching tomorrow (I promise this time.)
Victor had a big night, going 3-5 with 2 doubles and a home run. Sizemore also doubled and hit one out. The line-up tonight was interesting, with Sizemore leading off, followed by Cabrera (why not?) Hafner in the three spot, Victor hitting clean-up, then Garko, Peralta, Gutierrez, Lofton, and Blake. Garko was the only regular without a hit. Not sure about this line-up, can’t really judge it on a game where everyone beat the cover off the ball. I don’t mind giving Cabrera a shot at the two. He can’t do much worse than what we have been trotting out there lately. The relief pitchers finally got a chance to throw, and showed a little rust. Mastny got touched up in the ninth for a couple, even though most of that was due to defensive indifference.
The rumor mill is in full gear as the Braves are in the process of releasing Bob Wickman. Personally, I don’t think this is a move the Tribe really needs to make. Honestly Borowski probably equals a healthy Wickman. I don’t believe he is healthy however, as he has battled back and shoulder soreness. Now, if the Braves were wanting to get rid of Chipper Jones, then I’d be excited.
I’ll have my Browns comments soon, they didn’t quite fulfill all my pre-game desires, but they did better tonight than last week by far.
Did someone forget to tell the Indians they had a game tonight? They didn’t show up until about the seventh inning. By then it was too late. It’s not worth wasting much effort to describe this ridiculous game. Apparently, the Tribe left Detroit thinking they had won the Central. THERE’S MORE BASEBALL TO PLAY MEN! C.C. had his usual inning of complete and utter non-concentration. What was odd is that he got Victor involved this time. In the fifth inning Sabathia hit Pena, then on a pitch that was exactly where Martinez wanted it, Victor simply missed the catch. It bounced off his mitt and sent the runner to second. Gathright, who was up there to bunt him to second took the opportunity to bunt him to third instead. Hmmm…imagine that, a sacrifice bunt executed called for and executed correctly. Runner on third with only one out, next batter hits a sacrifice fly to center. Second run crosses the plate. Ball game. Oh, we still had to play 3.5 more innings, but that essentially ended the game. Continue reading
Filed under baseball, C.C. Sabathia, Casey Blake, Cleveland Indians, Division race, Eric Wedge, Grady Sizemore, Indians, Jhonny Peralta, Kenny Lofton, Pennant race, pitchers, Rafael Perez, Ryan Tucker, Sports, Travis Hafner
Here are some things about the upcoming season that get me all tingly.
- No stickers on the helmet for the first game. I’m a Uni-nerd. The stickers just do it for me.
- # 33 James Laurinaitis. Stepped in last year and made a seamless transition from A.J. Hawk. And that was no easy feat.
- This YouTube video.
Filed under Big Ten, Chris Wells, college football, College Gameday, Heisman Trophy, James Lauriniatis, Jim Tressel, Ohio State, Sports, Todd Boeckman, Video
Remember on the High School football team that guy who was about 6’5″ and 260 pounds. He was an offensive tackle right? Not in the NFL. That guy is a Tight End in today’s game. The hybrid player who is (in theory) part offensive lineman and part receiver. Many fantasy football leagues have drifted away from having a dedicated starting TE position to a WR/TE position. But some of you out there have to start a tight end every week. Today is especially for you on Halftime Adjustments. So without further adieu (not Freddy Adu, wrong footbol), let’s get rolling.
By now you have probably seen the highlights, or at least the score of the Rangers/Orioles game. The Rangers spanked Baltimore 30-3. Most runs scored in like a 100 years yada, yada. Here’s the most ridiculous stat from the game. Forget Saltalamacchia and his 4-6 night with 7 RBI and 5 runs scored. Never mind the fact that the Rangers left 19 more on base. Look beyond the 252 pitches made by the Orioles staff.
They gave Wes Littleton a freaking save! Yes, you read that right. He entered the game in the 7th inning with his team up 14-3. Yes, I’m aware of the rule that a player is eligible for a save if they pitch three innings in relief. But did they really need to award that save? They scored 16 more runs while he was on the mound! What a ridiculous way to get a stat. By the way, it was his first save. Congrats Wes, you sure survived that pressure cooker!
I may have done something rash in the 4th inning. In the 3rd, we had men at 1st and 2nd with nobody out and failed to score. We had a man on second with one out in the 4th and Shoppach hits the first pitch to shortstop for the out. I was fuming. I’m so tired of the roller coaster ride we have been on lately. We always seem to finish at the bottom of these rides. I was starting to get that sinking feeling. Yeah, that feeling. You know what I mean. That Cleveland is doomed never to win anything feeling. Then with 2 strikes Cabrera singled to center scoring Gutierrez. Lofton, Blake and Sizemore followed with two out hits of their own, and the Tribe was on the way to a victory. Gutierrez hit a no doubt about it homer in the 5th to plate Peralta and Hafner. Turns out we would need those runs and more as the Indians win 11-8.
Asdrubal Cabrera, Fausto Carmona, Franklin Gutierrez, and Rafael Perez are 4 names that the casual fan had not even heard of before the season began. Some would recognize Carmona as a failed closer. Nobody would have predicted that the Tribe’s season would be in serious jeopardy if not for the contribution of these young players.
Someone needs to say it right? You have been spectacular since the All-Star break and have a 4-4 record to show for it. Your era is below 2.00 during that span. Tonight you gave up only three hits. Two of them went for homers, even though one of them was clearly fan interference. Before that inning began the radio announcers made sure everyone knew that you had a perfect game going. I’m sorry about that. Apparently the didn’t think that telling the audience you “set down every hitter”, “faced the minimum”, “hadn’t allowed a base-runner”, and “hadn’t even allowed a walk” was enough. So they went ahead and said you were working on a perfect game, breaking the unwritten rule about talking about a no-hitter or perfecto.
And I’m sorry about your hitters. I know, they got one hit off a guy who was at AA less than two weeks ago. It wasn’t even the first time we faced him, which of course always gives us trouble. You wanted this game very badly, and I thank you for that. We see your desire, we know that you are giving your best effort every start. Thank you and please keep doing that. Someday the team might string together some hits when you pitch, and actually score a few runs. I’m sorry you didn’t get a complete game tonight. You had only thrown 77 pitches after 8 innings. Continue reading
I guess that was a pretty obscure Joe Namath reference, huh? As Rick mentioned yesterday, the Running Back is the money position in the fantasy football realm, but if you don’t have three of the first ten picks in your league then you are going to want a solid Quarterback on that roster. We’ve done the legwork for you (you can thank us by engraving our names on your league trophy). Let’s get started: