"Rock flies right through paper… Nothing beats rock."
Greetings from Chicago. I love Chicago. And I could use this blog entry to write all the reasons I love Chicago, but that would be counterproductive, because chances are you either A. Have been to Chicago and don’t need to hear how great it is, because you already know, or B. Have never been to Chicago but have already heard how great it is and don’t need it rubbed in. Everybody loves Chicago, except my boss, but he is what we refer to as the “exception that proves the rule.”
A trip to Chicago just so happens to be the grand prize at my local watering hole’s Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament, which will take place in August. I was never very good at Rock, Paper, Scissors because of that age-old, over-reliance on Rock. It’s just too tempting to use Rock. It’s like having a 97 mph fastball with no life on it, and a devastating changeup, but you keep going with the fastball, because it’s just too tempting. (Not that I know what it’s like to have a 97 mph fastball … or even a changeup, for that matter.)
If you’re a true Rock, Paper, Scissors master, and a little tournament at an East Side Cleveland Irish joint isn’t enticing enough, might I recommend the World RPS Society? Or the USARPS League? Or maybe I’ll just recommend that you get a girlfriend.
On to the lineups. Jhonny Peralta looked so bad in the field Saturday that Wedge opted to give him a second straight (well, third, if you count the off day) day off, with a .180 hitter filling in for him. That’s bad….
INDIANS (22-22): CF Grady Sizemore, RF Ben Francisco, DH Travis Hafner, C Victor Martinez, 1B Ryan Garko, LF David Dellucci, 3B Casey Blake, 2B Jamey Carroll, SS Asdrubal Cabrera. LHP C.C. Sabathia on the mound, looking to save you some money (read below).
WHITE SOX (23-20): SS Orlando Cabrera, C A.J. Pierzynski, LF Carlos Quentin, RF Jermaine Dye, DH Jim Thome, 1B Paul Konerko, 3B Joe Crede, CF Nick Swisher, 2B Alexei Ramirez. RHP Jose Contreras.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- OF Jason Tyner, designated for assignment last week, went unclaimed on waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo.
- Joe Borowski used 10 pitches to retire the side in his one-inning rehab outing for Class A Lake County last night. He’ll work out of the Double-A Akron bullpen on Wednesday and is expected back after that outing, assuming it goes well.
- Every strikeout logged by a Tribe pitcher tonight saves you $1 on lower reserved, upper box, mezzanine, or bleacher tickets for the June 10 Dollar Dog Night game against the Twins. Just enter the password STRIKEOUT when buying tickets for that game on Indians.com from 10 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game until midnight Sunday, May 25. The minimum ticket price is $1.
- Casey Blake’s 27 RBIs tie for 12th in the AL.
- The opposition has only attempted 26 stolen bases against the Indians this year, with 54 percent of those attempts ending successfully. That’s an average of .59 stolen base attempts per game and the second-lowest total in the AL behind the Royals’ 21. Last year, opponents were attempting 1.0 steals per game and successful 79 percent of the time.
- LHP David Huff was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. Huff, the Tribe’s first pick in the ’06 draft, is 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA at Akron this season. He has a 0.96 ERA over his last six starts. Outstanding.