Heartaches, Headaches, and Head Scratchers

Chris KreitzerSenior Analyst IApril 30, 2009

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 16:  Jensen Lewis #50 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Boston Red Sox during Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Jacobs Field on October 16, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

At least the Indians finally hit a triple! The Tribe's record now stands at a disappointing 8-14 after dropping two of three to the Boston Red Sox when it had a legitimate shot at winning all three. The team collectively went 2-32 with runners in scoring positions, which is downright embarrassing. Every aspect of this team needs to be dissected and critiqued heavily. Here are some rants, without any raves.

  • Peralta is lost, and needs to be sat down for a few games to figure some things out.
  • Why a team carrying 14 pitchers trots out a reliever who is prone to the gopher ball (Lewis) for his third consecutive inning, is a mystery. Why not throw the guy (Rundles) who gets lefties out against the lefty (Van Every)?
  • The Indians blew a golden opportunity for a win when the Red Sox decided to sit Youklis, Drew, and Lugo on the bench in favor of Bailey, Van Every, and Green. I don't care that Van Every hit the winning home run, they are all jobbers.
  • Shapiro better find seven pitchers to throw out of the bullpen that he believes in, because a major league team cannot have a bench of two or three guys when the starting nine are incredibly slow and not versatile.
  • Lee and Carmona pitched great, and have nothing to show for it.
  • Reyes' fastball topping out at 85 MPH was not a good sign.
  • Putting a closer in a tie ball game when he had pitched the night before, makes no sense to me. I can understand if Wood hadn't thrown in a while, but it works like 50 percent of the time. I understood Wood throwing Tuesday as there really wasn't anyone left.
  • Moves I would make tomorrow: Cut Kobayashi, demote Graffanino and Rundles, and call up LaPorta, Valbuena, and Barfield. Make Shoppach your backup catcher again, sit Peralta down a few days, and stick LaPorta at DH with an occasional spot start in left. What is worth more, LaPorta losing a year of arbitration or your team losing an entire season? Barfield, Crowe, Shoppach, and Peralta make up your bench for the time being. Send Barfield down when Carroll comes back. I don't even want to get started on Dellucci.
  • If and when Pavano and Reyes keep sucking, ship the worse one out and call up Rondon from Akron...it would bring excitement, and a guy who throws heat.
  • I need not watch Friday's game or my blood pressure will become a health problem.
  • I have a horrible feeling that the same old moves will happen tomorrow (Dellucci up).
  • When is the point in the season when the team decides the core of this team just is not working together as a cohesive unit?
  • What will be the club's excuse for their bad start this year? Hafner on the DL? The WBC? The swine flu?
  • Should I feel optimistic that they are still only 3.5 games back?

The Tribe is thankfully off Thursday, but moves the train wreck on up to Detroit, where Carl Pavano (0-3 9.50 ERA) takes on Armando Gallaraga (3-0 1.85 ERA).  Are you still in the Tribe?

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