ESPN radio is reporting that the Indians have picked up the option on Paul Byrd. Byrd, Jow Borowski and Aaron Fultz all have club options that need to be decided upon this week. I would be surprised if all of those options didn’t get renewed by the Tribe.
More importantly, congrats are in order for Indians GM Mark Shapiro. At the GM meetings in Florida on Monday, Mark was given the Sporting News Baseball Executive of the Year award. It was his second, having won the award in 2005. We have always been impressed with Shapiro. He has made some gutsy moves in his tenure here. Some have not worked out, but on the whole he has turned the Indians into a winning club again. And he did it by changing the style of the team. Instead of assembling a team of sluggers, he has focused more on pitching. Shapiro knows that in order to win championships you have to have better pitching. Starting with the farm system, Shapiro has focused on pitching and stockpiling young arms. The result- probably the deepest staff in the majors. Continue reading
Jake Westbrook pitched the Indians into a 2-1 lead in the ALCS tonight. Inducing 13 ground ball outs, and 3 double plays Westbrook put gave the Tribe faithful more than could be expected. The bullpen was excellent as usual. In fact, this game looked more like the 96 wins we saw over the course of the regular season. Jensen Lewis replaced Westbrook in the seventh and shut the door on a Sox rally. Rafael Betancourt was tremendous, striking out Youkilis, and getting Ortiz and Ramirez in the eighth. Borowski even recorded a rare 1-2-3 ninth for the save.
Providing the spark for the Tribe offense was again Kenny Lofton. Kenny hit a 2 run shot in the second, giving Westbrook room a little room to breathe. Cabrera came through with an rbi single, and Hafner added an rbi of his own in the 5th. The Indians managed only 6 hits, but they capitalized on those hits. Continue reading
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Paul Byrd wasn’t perfect, but he was good enough to get the Indians to their bread and butter relievers with the lead. Byrd allowed base runners, but got the big outs when he needed them most. The Tribe took advantage of Wang, touching him up officially for 4 earned runs, while only getting 3 outs. Torre was forced to go with Mike Mussina, and the Indians worked 4 walks and 4 hits off him in his 4.2 innings of work, scoring 2 more off the aging vet. Perez pitched two strong innings, allowing a solo homer, and Betancourt absolutely shut down the Yankees in the eighth. Borowski, as he usually does, made things interesting in the ninth. He gave up a solo homer and had a 400 bomb cross a few feet on the Tribe side of the foul pole. He finished the game off however, and the Tribe will meet Boston in the ALCS!
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You may have noticed a lack of Indian’s posts lately. This was not a lack of interest by Halftime Adjustments in watching the Tribe, but rather a lack of decent things to report about them. The past few games have looked like split squad spring training games. The Tribe has been resting players (which it needed to do) but the guys who have been out there just seem to be on autopilot. Honestly, I can’t say as I blame them.
Sure I could blast Joe Borowski for his consecutive blown saves. I could point out that he was dangerously close to another one last night. But I’ve talked at length about my trouble with Borowski before, and it isn’t going to do any good to bring it up 3 days before the play offs begin. I still maintain that Borowski will probably cost us a game in the post season, let’s just hope that game doesn’t cost them a series. Continue reading
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Joe Borowski blew a save, but the Indians came back to win 4-3 in 12 innings.
You might notice that Kelly Shoppach is giving the first pound to Rafael Betancourt here, instead of Victor. Well, Kelly didn’t start the game. Victor, in fact, had the big hit of the night, a three run homer in the first inning of Mariners’ fireballer Felix Hernandez. But Martinez left the game in the eighth inning after fouling a ball of his knee. Early word on Victor is that he will be able to pitch one of the two games that are part of Wednesday’s double dip. Continue reading
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The Indians all but burried the Tigers’ post-season plans with 4 homes runs, and a 7-4 victory on Tuesday night.
Ryan Garko hit the first one, a solo shot in the 2nd. Hafner’s 3-run blast in the 3rd tied the game, and Victor put the Tribe up for good in the 6th. Just for good measure, Franklin Gutierrez hit a 2 run insurance shot later that same inning. Continue reading
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Jhonny Peralta hit 2 home runs, the last a two-run shot in the eighth that tied the game at 5.
Extra frames ensued, thanks to more outstanding bullpen work. Tonight Fultz, Borowski and Betancourt combined for 3.2 innings of shutout ball to bail out Paul Byrd, who struggled, and was a victim of some suspect defense. Rafael worked 2 innings and is credited with the win. He is now 5-1 with a 1.48 era. He struck out 4 of the 7 batters he faced, and gave up only 1 hit.
The hero tonight was a familiar one. He was the hero only a few nights ago. Casey Blake stepped up in the 11th and hit a low curve ball that just stayed up to get over the mini-green monster. That’s right, 2 walk-off homers in 4 games for Blake. He was so excited he shouted and pumped his fist as he sprinted around the bases. What a great night for the Tribe, who all but cemented the division with the win. The lead is back to 5.5 games, which means the Tigers would have to make that up in only 12 remaining games. In other words the Indians would have to go 5-7 while the Tigers ran the table. Not gonna happen. Enjoy the rest of the series Indian fans, we’re just watching the number go down at this point.
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