If you are an Indians fan, and let’s assume you are, starting pitching has been the comeback to every person’s argument. For every person that spent February and March trying to convince others that the Cleveland Indians were legitimate contenders, there were two or three others commenting on the fact that the starting pitching was weak.
They weren’t wrong.
Ubaldo Jimenez is probably the biggest disappointment. His failure to control his pitches has left him with a WHIP nearing 2.000 and an ERA north of 11.00.
Brett Myers, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a right forearm injury, has looked more like a batting practice pitcher than a starting pitcher. With only three games under his belt this season, he has already given up ten home runs. However, unlike Jimenez, at least Myers is throwing strikes.
The only problem is his strikes are landing in the seats instead of the catcher’s mitt.
Justin Masterson and Zach McAllister are the anchors of the rotation. There could be improvements from McAllister in regards to his composure on the mound, but overall these two just need run support.
Scott Kazmir had his debut with the Indians on Saturday night and he couldn’t have been more comfortable. The Indians came out and put up 14 runs in the first two innings.
Remember what I said about run support?
Even though Kazmir got the rare run support, he couldn’t stick it out until the fifth inning for the win. Instead he allowed six runs on seven hits in three and one-third inning. That is good for a 16.20 ERA to start off his comeback tour.