John is going to take on the Browns recap, I’ll just say- that’s exactly what I thought was going to happen (shakes head sarcastically.)
I will mention that the Indians took the required two of three from the Royals this weekend. As was described in an earlier post, Casey Blake and the Tribe homered their way to a win on Friday night. On Saturday, Fausto Carmona pitched another gem, going 8 innings while allowing only 3 hits, 0 runs, and striking out 9. His record now stands at 17-8, with a 3.08 era. His 24 quality starts is actually one better than C.C.’s. (His era is too, but we don’t want to start rumors that he should win the Cy Young- it will split the Cleveland vote.) The Indians scored 6 runs on the night, 4 of which came in the eighth inning. It wouldn’t matter though, as Perez came in and struck out the side in the ninth.
The Sunday afternoon affair was not as successful, as the Royals got the win 4-3. The Indians had chances to take the lead, but couldn’t come through in the clutch. Laffey gave up all 4 runs and took the loss. Now, what was amazing to me in this game was the relief pitching. (I know, they’ve been outstanding all season, but this was tremendous.) Lewis, Fultz, Betancourt and Mastny combined to pitch 2.2 innings. That is 8 outs. 5 of those came via the punch out. This bullpen is just spectacular. I’m going to have to buy a thesaurus to keep writing about them.
The Tigers pulled to within 4.5 games on Sunday, as they completed the sweep of Minnesota. (By the way, have the Twins laid down and rolled over lately or what?) The Indians magic number remains at 9 after Sunday’s action. Detroit is also within striking distance of the Yankees and that wild card spot, only 2 games out.
Obviously, the series this week is huge for both teams. For the Tigers they need to win to pull closer in the division, and keep pace for the wild card. For the Indians they are still tied with the Angels for the number 2 slot in the playoffs. This week should decided a lot in the AL playoff hunt.Let’s go Tribe! Just win your series.