Tagged: 2009 Cleveland Indians

To be #38 is such relief

For this Cleveland Indian fan, when #38 was found to be my latest ranking in the MLBlogosphere, I was relieved. I was anticipating a dropoff in the latest list and was pleasantly surprised to see a rise in the ranking for which I am very thankful to all of you.

Speaking of relief, two prominent relievers, one past and one present both for the Cleveland Indians are whom this blog is dedicated today.

The first started his major league career in Oakland in 1986. His name is Eric Plunk. Interestingly enough, he was dealt as part of a trade to the Athletics from the Yankees for Rickey Henderson. Years later, he would be part of a trade where he went back to the Yankees for Rickey Henderson. He was part of winning teams in his career in 1988 and part of 1989 with the World Series bound Athletics and in 1995 and 1997, both World Series appearances for the Tribe. On a little personal side note, I find it interesting that we were able to take a winner in Eric Plunk that New York gave up on and made him a treasure again. 
Eric Plunk’s stats courtesy of ESPN

YEAR TEAM LG G GS CG SH IP H ER BB SO W L SV ERA
1986  Oak AL 26 15 0 0 120.1 91 71 102 98 4 7 0 5.31
1987  Oak AL 32 11 0 0 95.0 91 50 62 90 4 6 2 4.74
1988  Oak AL 49 0 0 0 78.0 62 26 39 79 7 2 5 3.00
1989 NY/Oak NL 50 7 0 0 104.1 82 38 64 85 8 6 1 3.28
1990  NY AL 47 0 0 0 72.2 58 22 43 67 6 3 0 2.73
1991  NY AL 43 8 0 0 111.2 128 59 62 103 2 5 0 4.76
1992  Cle AL 58 0 0 0 71.2 61 29 38 50 9 6 4 3.64
1993  Cle AL 70 0 0 0 71.0 61 22 30 77 4 5 15 2.79
1994  Cle AL 41 0 0 0 71.0 61 20 37 73 7 2 3 2.54
1995  Cle AL 56 0 0 0 64.0 48 19 27 71 6 2 2 2.67
1996  Cle AL 56 0 0 0 77.2 56 21 34 85 3 2 2 2.43
1997  Cle AL 56 0 0 0 65.2 62 34 36 66 4 5 0 4.66
1998  CLE/MIL NL 63 0 0 0 72.2 77 35 30 74 4 3 1 4.34
1999  MIL NL 68 0 0 0 75.1 71 42 43 63 4 4 0 5.02

The other #38 is our current #38, Joe Smith, who was once again obtained because another New York team gave up on him. Time will tell but I believe he will be a valued treasure for the Tribe
this year in key situations. His role reminds me of Eric Plunk, a person counted on to preserve leads and hold the opposition to not being able to take the lead. Time will tell if we obtain the same if not greater success with the arrival of Joe Smith. I look  forward to seeing and/or hearing about him coming into make yet another appearance and hold yet another lead for the 2009 Tribe. His stats show a lot of potential and make me excited to see how it will pan out for Joe and the rest of the bullpen in 2009.

Joe Smith Stats courtesy of mlb.com

Pitching Stats: Next Stats >>
SEASON TEAM W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HBP BB SO
2007     New York Mets 3 2 3.45 54 0 0 0 0 0 44.1 48 18 17 3 7 21 45
2008     New York Mets 6 3 3.55 82 0 0 0 0 3 63.1 51 28 25 4 4 31 52
Career Totals 9 5 3.51 136 0 0 0 0 3 107.2 99 46 42 7 11 52 97


Pitching Stats: << Previous Stats || Next Stats >>
SEASON TEAM WPCT TB BK WP IBB SB CS PK GO AO GO/AO WHIP SLG OBA
2007     New York Mets .600 67 0 2 4 5 1 0 68 19 3.84 1.56 .383 .374
2008     New York Mets .667 78 0 1 4 6 2 0 98 36 2.86 1.29 .336 .322
Career Totals .643 145 0 3 8 11 3 0 166 55 3.20 1.40 .356 .345

Pitching Stats: << Previous Stats
SEASON TEAM AVG PA NP P/IP HLD GF K/BB BB/9 K/9 H9
2007     New York Mets .274 205 795 17.93 10 14 2.14 4.26 9.14 9.74
2008     New York Mets .220 271 1031 16.28 18 12 1.68 4.41 7.39 7.25
Career Totals .243 476 1826 16.96 28 26 1.87 4.35 8.11 8.28

Good luck to Joe and the rest of the Tribe as the bring some of the AZ warmth and sunshine back east in their attempt to shine in 2009.

The deeper we are…the stronger we will be!!

As the saying goes, you can never have too much pitching. I like how players are coming to sign minor league deals. Last week, it was reported that pitchers Matt Herges and Jack Cassel were also signed to minor league contracts. This thought came to me that one never knows when they may be needed. Its nice to see the depth that the Indians are developing. With injuries possible and spots needed, these pitchers’ names may be names we see some time, somewhere along the marathon 162 game trail. Welcome, Matt and Jack! See you in Goodyear! I’m glad to read that you are on our side and not against us.

Jack Cassell                                                                                 Matt Herges

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Call me crazy but I think there’s a true gem in that signing!

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                        Greg Aquino                         

Today it was posted on Indians.com the singing of Kirk Saarloos and Greg Aquino to minor league contracts. I remember hearing a few of Kirk Saarloos’s and Greg Aquino’s games on my XM Radio. I was more impressed with what I heard about Saarloos but still was impressed by Aquino too. I followed Saarloos since his days in Houston and followed Aquino due his time with the Diamondbacks. What is great about this kind of a deal is that it adds what I call a “major league backup” For example, with the injuries that can and may occur, this adds depth for a spot start and a great one at that. Also, Saarloos and Aquino may impress down the road to make an impact on the team at a later date. This makes me feel better especially if we contend like I think we will this year. Depth is always a great asset for the long “marathon” of 162 games and hopefully beyond.

 

 

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Kirk Saarloos