"That's the last time I open for a rodeo"
Last night’s activites at my favorite New York City establishment, combined with an early wake-up call for the cab ride to LaGuardia, have me dragging a bit for tonight’s opener of a four-game set between the Indians and Blue Jays. I appear to have come down with a case of what WTAM’s Mark Schwab just told me is called “Bar Throat” — i.e., the affliction brought on by talking too much in a loud bar.
I really don’t mind this illness, as it was caused by conversations with some friends about, among other things, the need for dental floss dispensers in restaurants, the need for a form of wet nap that can be used not only to clean your hands but also to swipe your tongue and thereby improve your breath, and the possibility that dropping a penny from the top of the Empire State Building can kill a guy on the street (that would be cents-less violence, if you ask me).
Important conversations all. And the important news on the Indians front today is that Victor Martinez is back in the starting lineup, which reads as follows…
INDIANS (16-18): CF Grady Sizemore, RF Franklin Gutierrez, LF David Dellucci, C Martinez, SS Jhonny Peralta, DH Travis Hafner, 1B Ryan Garko, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B Casey Blake. LHP C.C. Sabathia pitching.
BLUE JAYS (17-19): RF Alex Rios, 2B Aaron Hill, 3B Scott Rolen, CF Vernon Wells, DH Kevin Mench (just acquired from the Rangers today), 1B Lyle Overbay, C Rod Barajas, LF Brad Wilkerson, SS Marco Scutaro. RHP Roy Halladay hurling.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Here’s an ugly stat for you: 91 players currently qualify for the AL batting title. The Indians have four guys in the bottom 20 spots – Peralta (.221) is 74th, Blake (.210) is 79th, Hafner (.209) is tied for 82nd, and Cabrera (.187) is 89th. Let me hear you say, “Ugh.”
- On the bright side, the Tribe’s starter’s ERA of 3.59 is third in the bigs behind that of the A’s (3.30) and Blue Jays (3.44).
- Grady Sizemore has logged 121 at-bats and has yet to ground into a double play. The Rays’ Akinori Iwamura (137 at-bats) is the only AL player with more at-bats and no GIDPs.
- Cabrera, Jamey Carroll, Garko, Gutierrez, Andy Marte, Martinez, Peralta and Sizemore will all have pink bats at their disposal on Mother’s Day. Players around the league will be using the bats to raise awareness about breast cancer.
I’m getting benched Saturday and Sunday, so the blog will be on hiatus. On the site, Justice “The Thrill” Hill will fill in.