For the week ahead the Indians after today will be headed to the road against Minnesota and the Chicago White Sox. Unfortunately, the Indians will be traveling like an episode of E.R. With 8 members of the team on the D.L. including the core of Hafner and Sizemore and Martinez day to day with a bruised knee, we can only hope for more from Jhonny, Jamey and Mark DeRosa. When we win, the victories will definitely need to be a team effort. Situational hitting will also be the key.
Looking ahead for the Cleveland Indians, one finds them returning to the road and divisional play. If there was a week to start a streak, this is the one. It will definitely not be easy. 1 more with the Yanks tonight, 3 with the Twins and 3 with the White Sox are what the schedule shows. However if you would have showed me the schedule last Monday, I was definitely ready to mail it in. Yet the Indians have showed some fight sweeping the Rays 4-0 and in a fight to gain a split at 2-2 with the Yankees. We definitely have to earn it tonight. They stand at 22-30 and 7.5 games off the lead in the AL Central in 5th place.
The Columbus Clippers are also under .500 at 25-26 and 4-6 in their last 10. They have lost three in a row. Tonight they wrap it up against Norfolk, tomorrow they go on the road at Charlotte and then wrap up the week against the Gwinnett Braves. Hopefully a winning streak will start for these boys as they have lost three in a row. Yet they remain in 1st place at the time of this report.
In AA, the Akron Aeros are 32-16, yet have lost 4 in a row and are 3-7 in their last 10 games. Looking ahead this week, they travel to Reading, PA to take on the Phillies beginning tonight and then to Altoona for 4 to take on the Curve or Pirates’ AA team.
Hopefully they too can start a winning streak also.
Kinston at A advanced is 22-27, are 5-5 in their last 10 and lost 2 in a row. They are scheduled to take on Wilmington and then go on the road against Winston-Salem. Hopefully, they can get back to their winning ways.
Finally, the Lake County Captains are 24-26 and 5.5 games out of first place. They won earlier today against the West Virginia Power (Pirates), will finish with them tomorrow, only to continue on to Hagerstown, Maryland to face face the Suns. ( Nationals org.) Hopefully the winning will continue as this road trip continues.
I finally made up my mind. I was thinking about where I want this blog to go. I think I finally came up with an idea for what I want this blog to focus on. Each blog entry will try to focus on more than just the Indians. Along with the Tribe, I will add info about the MILB teams too such as the Columbus Clippers, the Akron Aeros, the Kinston Little Indians, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the Lake County Captains. This way it will be “Totally Tribe” as it was intended. If you have any suggestions or ideas or comments for this blog, feel free to share what you think negatively or positively so that I can learn to become a better blogger.
Here we go.
The Cleveland Indians came into the Queen City tonight with a two game winning streak against Kansas City and a 16-26 record. I read CastroTurf today and read about this Ohio Cup. It is a cup that should bring out the enthusiasm for each city and team. Yet what I saw were teams that looked flat. I was hoping to see the Indians come out and really build off of a fine performance in KC the day before. Instead, I saw Grady and really nothing else. They were being fooled by the Arroyo breaking balls and off-speed pitches and really made no adjustments to overcome this. However, it did not help to lose one of their starters and a key reliever to their 2009 club in Anthony Reyes and Aaron Laffey. Reyes exited the game with right elbow inflammation and Laffey injured his right oblique. Just when I thought we might be headed back to being average, these key injuries felt like a sucker punch right to the gut knocking us back down to feeling like the worst team in the American League again. UGH! This is NOT what we needed AT ALL! The Indians ended up losing more than a 3-1 ballgame. Though one knows not how deep the loss will be at this time. 16-27 is their record. It went from bad to worse. Although there were those that did not need physical injuries to see that the season was lost already. These injuries just made it that much worse.
On to better news.
The Columbus Clippers are in 1st place behind the efforts of Travis Hafner, Justin Brown, Chris Jimenez, Michael Aubrey and Michael Brantley. Its amazing to me how these players are playing under Torey Lovullo. I often wonder if there is some greater credibility to Brandon Phillips, of the Reds. The reason I bring this up when talking about the Clippers is this. These players, except Hafner seem to never have clicked at the Major League level under Wedge. How much of this is Wedge and how much are the players’ inability to produce at the MLB level? Keep up the good work, Torey and the Clippers.
The Akron Aeros are the best team so far in the Eastern League. At 29-9 with a winning percentage at .796, the Aeros are the hottest team thus far at AA. Congrats to Jeanmar Lopez who pitched a perfect game for the Aeros on Thursday. Way to go young man. No matter what level a perfect game occurs, it is still an awesome feat and something to admire. If we could just bottle up what happened and give some of the effort to all of the pitchers at the MLB level.
More minor league news tomorrow….
Today was a historic day that I was surprised to see never happened sooner. From Mahoning Valley to Lake County to Akron to Columbus, Ohio, Tribe fans get a better opportunity to see the development of all the minor leaguers and never have to leave the state to do so. What an exciting development to see how the Tribe has grown their fan base with this move and truly extended it into Columbus. I remember how my friend in Columbus was always a Yankee fan and really enjoyed the Columbus Clippers and their ties to the Yankees. I might add he currently lives in New York as a result.
Now to be a Clipper fan, we can see the Indians grow their fan base and have people coming from Columbus to see the Tribe to cheer on former Clippers. It was a brilliant move and the Tribe front office receives a lot of credit from me for making this announcement and rumor a reality today. Way to go, Tribe!
Ohio, the Heart of It All! Ohio, the heart of the Indians organization!