For all my whining, all the sighs, frowns, grunts, curse words, from others and myself, the outlook today for the Cleveland Indians at 24-33 and 6 games out of 1st place gives me great hope. That’s right, GREAT HOPE! The true ace of the staff this year is Carl Pavano, well at least a #2 starter. Why, you may ask? Consistency. We can count on him to go out and give the team a boost. Now if only we could see this same effort from all parties today.
Today Jeremy Sowers will go out and try to give us another boost against Gavin Floyd. Hopefully if everything goes the Tribe’s way, this performance will be repeated.
Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd (L, 2-3) 5.0 11 8 8 3 3 0 7.32
These were Gavin Floyd’s numbers against the Tribe back on May 11th, 2009. Another thing to make a note against Floyd is his 6.65 ERA in day games. However, Gavin is much better at home than on the road. Today’s game will be at home for him.
Sowers will take a 12.60 ERA for road games into today’s action. I just hope he can give more of what he has shown against Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees today against the White Sox. His numbers however if the past is any indicator have also been shaky against the pale hose.
Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sowers (L, 0-2) 4.0 7 5 5 3 3 3 12.00
This game will be seen on Fox locally today. I am looking to see an offensive shootout with us coming out on top. Let’s do it men in memory of Richard Jacobs!
My thoughts on Pronk:
Glad he finally arrived to take some pressure off Victor. I hope that he understands that he is truly a leader for our team. If consistency prevails for him, we should be that much better offensively. The question is IF! Well, I said in past blog entries that I had no expectations for this team so I should just sit back and enjoy this. I just want good health for him. After all, with Grady, Asdrubal and others either on the D.L. or struggling, seeing him hit that homerun is just what this offense needs. Now what we need from him is consistency. Here’s hoping and praying this is the case.
My thoughts on Carmona:
I’m glad he is where he is as long as he gets straightened out. He was not showing his dominant side. I was hearing rumors about him from some people I work with who are close to him. He was not in a good place so this move was necessary if those stories were true. Rather than assume and speculate about their validity, I will just hope Fausto gets the help he needs to become the pitcher we need him to be.
The White Sox series was a start. However, we need to continue. Currently, thanks to Choo who is a triple away from hitting the cycle, the Indians won 11-7 and I will reflect upon it later. Sorry I don’t blog as much as I’d like to. It is hard coming home from being or working at the game after working two jobs at one location and another in security at Progressive Field, and try to balance a family. However I am doing well and look forward to blog some now.
Game 1 of the White Sox series was one I watched in the comfort of my own home. What I saw was a combination of solid hitting by multiple players. (Finally, a team approach) and solid pitching by Carl Pavano. I was glad to see line drive swings rather than “trying to swing for the fences” over and over again. It was great to see a solid win. By this, I mean lots of hits, lots of runs, and solid pitching with few runs given up. Thus, a 9-2 result and a much needed win. As Melissa pointed out on Twitter on Monday, the Indians must win tonight. That is exactly what happened.
Game 2 of the series was the one I worked. I was placed in an area of the ballpark where it is hard to know what is going on in the game unless one is listening close to the call of Tom Hamilton and Mike Hegan because the location was away from the action on various monitors in the park. The only thing relaying any sign of the game is a radio speaker in the vicinity. If I was in the fan’s shoes, I would have been down in my seat screaming “Wake up out there. Let’s stop the insanity” Especially against Thome, a former Indian who we should definitely know how to handle, no excuses! Now one can see why Sowers was sent down before the game tonight when Luis Vizcaino was signed. During the game, I had a chance to talk to a co-worker close by me. We shared thoughts about who might be Wedge’s replacement. His opinion was Mike Hargrove. I thought it should be a former manager or coach whose team actually won the World Series.
After the game, I ran into Mark Shapiro. I saw his face all red, as if embarrassed scratching his head as he was walking out yet he remained professional and courteous wishing me a good night after I said “Good night, Mr. Sha-peer-oh, I mean Sha-pie-row” The rest of the way out to my car, I was embarrased for botching up his name. That is not how I wanted to make my first impression upon him. I kept asking myself, “Why can’t we win two in a row, for goodness sake?”
Game three was in the silence of the building management office I work in. It was nice to watch Gameday seeing the Indians doing well behind the power of Martinez and Garko to lead the offense and the superb pitching by Cliff Lee to help win the series over the White Sox. A series win for only the second time all year is great. We need to keep this up. It was also nice to see the rain hold off until the game was over on Weather Education Day sponsored by WKYC Channel 3.
May 7, 2009
My family and I went out to eat and enjoyed hearing the first inning of the Indians-Red Sox. When we left the car, it was more of the same as the Indians fell behind early 1-0. After dinner, we were on our way to a local mall and an Indians team shop to get tickets for Mother’s Day. We thought it was wonderful how the team came up with a way to get to Wakefield. It was now 2-1 and buying tickets seemed more feasible now. I was pumped and was saying “Just hold on, guys” With this year’s team, there is not that confidence from my perspective that any lead is safe with the bullpen we have.
We entered the team shop. The game was on and the Indians were able to survive the bottom of the fifth. I was telling someone about Wakefield and how he seems to be like a fine wine pitching better now than in the past. “We used to pummel him. He used to be the one that we used to win against all the time.” I thought it was amazing that he could be this effective now. 2-1. Let’s get home to see if this can hold up.
Then came the top of the sixth. My wife stopped off at the local wholesale club that we shop at for bottled water, milk and other items in bulk. Before getting there however, Sowers started sounding sour on the radio as he was allowing hitters to get base hit after base hit after base hit. Walking batters also was taking place. The travel time was about 10 minutes and we were not taking the highway. The score went from 2-1 to 4-2 and still no one was out. Ugh! Bring in Masa! His name reminds me too much of Mesa. OH NO! Base hit, base hit, still no one out. Listening to this as your wife went into the store made me want to call her on the cell phone and say “Could you pick up some Pepto-Bismol or Tums in bulk too?” I held off, though. What made it worse was all this went on without GETTING ANYONE OUT!
When I got home, I was amazed that the Indians were THIS BAD! 13-3 just was not what this baseball fan ever wanted to see from the 2009 team. Still, it was what it was. 11-18 was a fact, not a mirage that could be turned around so quickly it seemed.
May 8th, 2009
I was called about 12 p.m. today. It was my boss from the Indians. “Hey Aaron, can you come in tonight? Someone called off.” “Sure, I can do it(I guess).” The thought of working these games these days isn’t as thrilling as I imagined due to the play of the club these days. Still, perhaps, I could help them by being there.
I was thinking the impossible this season, so far on my way into “the Jake, uh, I mean Progressive Field.” Perhaps, they could actually go on a streak. Streak for the Tribe this year…two in a row?” They have to get to ONE, first.
I began the night finding out that I would be at Gate C, checking bags and other items for contraband. It went fast. Having this as my first time at this gate, I was amazed of two things. First of all, this activity was a lot faster than I imagined it would be. Secondly, those fireworks sure are loud from where I was standing.
My other area where I would be stationed was away from television monitors and away from the field. The toughest moment here was hearing the crowd get so excited at Grady’s “swing and a drive, waaay back” and then hearing the moan afterward when Granderson caught it. It was like someone blew up a balloon and then let it go without tying it and having it deflate” PLLLLLLLLLLL. Trying to imagine the sound of the balloon just makes me say UGH, another loss. 11-19. We lost 1-0.
After the game, I was not able to see, however, I heard the fireworks. The crowd leaving seemed down. This used to be a series where you would hear and see trash-talking from Detroit and Cleveland fans. Tonight, this swagger was not seen from either side from the fans.
However, I was also able to see some of the players tonight. Curtis Granderson was not boastful. He just was quietly confident and smiling from ear to ear. Other Tigers’ players were loose, joking and having fun cracking jokes, about what I can’t recall. I saw one that appeared especially jovial was Zach Miner as he was telling the others something. I saw one Indians player and one coach as they left too. Masa Kobayashi looked like he was really tired and Luis Rivera looked really down. This last observation told the story. That is all I needed to see to know the story tonight.
I am pumped! The day is almost finally here. We have our bags packed and are ready to move out of the Cleveland area in the morning. We are scheduled to land in Phoenix, AZ right before the first pitch at Goodyear Stadium against the San Francisco Giants.
I expect the atmosphere will be electric as Jeremy Sowers will kick off a competition for the fifth spot in the rotation for the Indians. As much as Major League Baseball fans wanted this, the matchup of Cy Youngs for 2008 is not going to take place. However, Tim Lincecum is scheduled to see some action tomorrow against Cleveland.
I plan to have fun and observe everything about this experience and report on everything about my experience from start to finish.
Highlights from Today’s Intrasquad
Barfield and Crowe seize the opportunity to shine in 2009 as both are fighting for roster spots on the Major League Roster. Barfield’s highlights included a three run homerun and a 5-4-3 double play started by him at third base to end the second inning. Crowe also had a homer, a single and scored twice. These two really made a mark in carrying their team to victory 8-6.