Indians Manager Eric Wedge is the king of cliches. Grinding, battling, taking one day at a time, tomorrow is another day, and we're close, are all phrases used by the skipper.
Well, Wedge decided against using any of these today as he pretty much laid into Rafael Betancourt after he blew yet another game for the Tribe. Betancourt was abused by his fastball staying up in the zone and his inability to pitch inside.
This is out of the ordinary for Wedge, as he usually spits out hyperbole. Maybe the manager shouldn't have pulled out Rafael Perez when he put two runners on in an obvious sacrifice situation?
The first runner got on due to a "Mandy"
Marte error, and the second runner reached on a bloop broken bat hit. With no outs and the White Sox trailing by two, you would figure Ozzie Guillen would have Orlando Cabrera bunt, and he did.
Then with one out and runners on second and third, lefty A.J. Pierzynski was due up. Why not keep the lefty-on-lefty matchup and force the Sox to make a move? Well, Betancourt proceeded to give up back-to-back doubles and the game was over right there.
Why bring this up? Wedge is not the reason this team can't hit or pitch out of the bullpen. He is becoming frustrated and feeling a bit helpless. That is not a good sign for Tribe fans when the usually stoic Wedge is fuming publicly.
I don't have the answer to the Indians problems, but a deal for a polished hitter would at least shake things up.
Here were some of the Highlights:
6 IP, 7 hits, 1 earned run. Pitched out of trouble a few times, continues to show grittiness and calmness on the mound. Should not even be considered in any trades, as he looks to be a staple in the rotation for years to come, especially with the injury to Adam Miller (my friend Ryan says he told us so
Jhonny Peralta: 4-13, two home runs. At least he drove in a runner than himself today. Still sucks at shortstop, but hit the ball hard Wednesday. Hopefully, his flailing away at third-strike curveballs in the dirt are over.
Tuesday's Game: They won a game, which was a nice change of pace.
Here are some areas of concern:
Grady Sizemore: 2-13. Regressed a bit from a solid weekend. If this team can ever find a leadoff hitter, Sizemore needs to be batting third to alleviate the pressures of getting on base.
Rafael Betancourt: Blew the game Wednesday, giving up back to back doubles. His control has been off and on. Need him to straighten himself out before the season is lost.
2-13. Seems to have caught "the sickness
" from the rest of the lineup. It is a sad state of affairs when a guy who was not good enough to start the season on the 25-man roster is now our No. 3 hitter. He may be pressing. Also his right-field defense has been shaky at best.
An 11-game road trip begins Friday in Kansas City as Cliff Lee takes on Gil Meche. There are still 109 games left, so I guess anything can happen.