Carlos Carrasco hurls a gem

Well, one way to ensure a victory is to shut out the opposing team and that is exactly what Carlos Carrasco and the Cleveland Indians did tonight to stop a 5 game losing skid.  It was great to see Carrasco look so confident out there.  He had a great rhythm going and was able to escape any damage when he got into trouble (which was really only once).

One thing that still is a concern, however, is the Tribe offense.  Luckily they were able to scratch across an unearned run, which in this case was enough, but they need to get the bats working, and quick.  Especially since they are traveling to New York after this current homestand for a weekend series against the Yanks.  But either way, a win is a win, and they needed that one tonight.  Nicely done.

Some interesting notes:

* Apparently Cord Phelps from AAA Columbus is in Cleveland, but no roster moves have been made as of yet.  Wonder where that is going…

* Nick Johnson has a claus in his contract which basically says if he’s not on a big league club by July 1st, he can opt out.  So keep an eye on that.

* Travis Hafner to resume baseball activities soon.  Get healthy, buddy.

Tribe looking to take the series tomorrow afternoon starting at 12:05.  GO TRIBE.


Five In A Row

Five lossess, that is.  But I’ll get to that in a second.

First off, I haven’t posted in a while due to the MLBlogs switch to WordPress as I’m sure you are all aware of.  Not that I have anything against WordPress, I just didn’t have the time to familiarize myself with a new blogging interface.  Now, I know WordPress is pretty common, but I’m not much of a blogger aside from this little Indians blog.  It’s always just kind of been for myself to get some thoughts out.  I’m what you might call a stressed out fan.

But anyway, on to the Tribe.  Now, I knew that the Indians would eventually cool off and hit a rough patch.  That’s baseball.  The best teams in all of history hit rough patches.  But of course, with our little skid the Detroit Tigers have hit a winning streak, and sure enough they’ve cut the Tribe lead in the AL Central down to a measly 1.5 games.  With all the success the Indians have had this year, they’ve gotten contributions from all over the field, up and down the lineup.   Everything seemed to be clicking.  During this losing streak, it’s been the exact opposite.  The pitching hasn’t been there, the offense hasn’t been there, and the defense has been shaky.

All I can do is sit back and hope they figure it all out and get back on track.  Travis Hafner is apparently ready to start resuming baseball activities, which is a good sign.  Hopefully he’s not too far away from returning to the lineup, and more importantly, hopefully he’ll be able to continue what he was doing in the beginning of the season.

The Choo and Santana 1-2 punch in the middle of the lineup has been extremely frustrating to watch.  I know those two guys can hit, I know they know what they are doing, but for whatever reason they simply are not getting the job done.  They’ve been killing rallies at the worst possible times, and the hits they do get rarely have amounted to anything.  Santana I’m giving a bit more leeway too for being a young player trying to find his Major League groove, but Choo needs to get his head right and quick.  He’s claiming the DUI arrest is still on his mind, which has effected his play, but he needs to man up and move on.  He’s a great baseball player when he wants to be.

So that’s it, my first post in a while and it’s probably a mess of a read, but I wanted to vent a bit.  Cross your fingers for  Tribe victory tomorrow, they need it.

Price shuts down Tribe

Well, the Indians home win streak has ended as a result of David Price’s fantastic pitching performance.  The Cleveland Indians look to take the series tomorrow at 12:05 PM ET.

It was a frustrating night of baseball to watch, as the Tribe just weren’t able to figure out Price until it was far too late.  Carlos Carrasco pitched for the Indians after being reactivated from the 15-DL.  Unfortunately, he just didn’t have his best stuff tonight.  
It’s really amazing what the Tampa Bay Rays have done this year after starting the season 0-6. They are playing some great baseball, and have really tested the Indians so far in these two games.  We have our “acting” ace Justin Masterson on the bump tomorrow, so I’m feeling good.  We just need to get the bats going a little bit more.  
Sidenote:  Grady Sizemore had an MRI on his right knee (not the knee he had surgery on) after a hard slide in last nights contest.  Apparently the results showed no serious damage and he is day to day.  Come back soon Grady!

Tribe return home after 3-3 West Coast trip

Prior to the West coast series, I probably would have gladly taken a 3-3 split over the six games, considering the pitchers we were going to have the face.  But the fact is, we were very close to winning all six.  Yes, that’s right.  The Indians were in every single game, and lead first in just about all of them.  So, as I’m pleased with their .500 play during the road trip, it was definitely disappointing that we weren’t able to scratch out a couple more victories.  But, you gotta love how resilient they have been.

So, even in defeat, this team is in the game.  Even in defeat, this team is doing some very special things.  
The Tribe return home to face the red hot Tampa Bays Rays for three games, followed by three against the Mariners.  Hopefully the house is packed, and the Indians can continue to excel in their home ball park.  

Tribe Win, Take Series over A’s

Jeanmar Gomez improved over his first start this season immensely going 5 and a third allowing only 1 ER.  While, not the deepest of outings, he kept the Tribe in it the whole time on the mound.  

The bullpen would have to do the rest, and it didn’t bode easy, as the A’s tacked on just enough to send it into extras.  Luckily, the Indians would be able to string together enough hits in the top of the 12th to give them the lead.  After that, it would be up to closer Chris Perez.
It wasn’t the prettiest of saves, seeing as he gave up a run and had two on with two outs.  But he was able to induce the Hideki Matsui pop-up that would end the game and give the Tribe a nice series win to start the roadtrip.
The Indians head a little further South to lock horns with LA Angels of Anaheim.  Justin Masterson gives another go at his 6th win of the season against Tyler Chatwood.  10:05 PM ET.

Tomlin and Cahill Battle, DeJesus Real Winner

Josh Tomlin and Trevor Cahill pitched beautifully, but it was the A’s hurler Cahill that prevailed thanks to David DeJesus’ two solo home runs off Josh Tomlin.  In fact, Josh Tomlin gave up less hits than Cahill. 

But for whatever reason, David DeJesus knew exactly what to do with Josh Tomlin’s offerings.  Luckily, he couldn’t explain it to any of his teammates.  Because for the most part, Tomlin was untouchable. 
The loss ended the Indians 7-game winning streak.  But even in a loss, you see a lot of positives.  They continue to get some really good outings from their starting pitchers, and are swinging a decent bat.  Their big problem, offensively, last night was that the majority of their hits came with 2 outs.  It’s tough to get them to the plate when that happens.  
The rubber match is today at 3:35 ET.  Jeanmar Gomez looks to improve on his shaky first outing against Brett Anderson.  

Tribe edge A’s in Game 1

Last night, the Tribe won in their last at bat, yet again.  A great way to start the 6 game west coast road trip.  

Carmona was dealing, and the Indians gave him just enough offense to give him the W.  But just to keep it interesting, they did the majority of their scoring in the 9th.
This road trip is going to be tough, as we face some of the best pitchers in all of baseball this week.  It’s going to take great efforts up and down the lineup to be successful, and that is exactly what I saw from this club last night.