"On Earth as it is in Texas"

Texans love Texas. If you don’t believe me, just check out the discography of pretty much every band and/or singer-songwriter from the Lone Star State.

George Strait said he wouldn’t be an American “If It Wasn’t for Texas,” Bob Wills “Can’t Get Enough of Texas,” Lyle Lovett tells us “You’re Not From Texas” but Texas wants us anyway, Nanci Griffith has a “Lone Star State of Mind,” Alan Jackson gets down on his knees and proclaims “God Bless Texas,” Mark Chesnut told us we can “Blame it on Texas,” and Kinky Friedman is “Proud to Be an A$$hole from El Paso.” Pat Green took the easy route and simply wrote the catch-all “Songs About Texas.”

But my favorite of the bunch is the Deryl Dodd tune referenced in the above headline. It’s wonderfully sacriligeous.

I haven’t done the research just yet, but I think it’s reasonably safe to assume there are more songs written about Texas than there are about, say, Rhode Island.

I’ve been getting my fill of Texas tunes the last couple days, as my rental car is disappointingly devoid of XM or Sirius satellite radio. Meanwhile, today’s lineup is devoid of Victor Martinez. Eric Wedge said Martinez’s hamstring soreness bothers him more against left-handed pitchers, so he opted to sit him against A.J. Murray tonight. 

INDIANS (26-31): CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, LF Ben Francisco, DH Ryan Garko, SS Jhonny Peralta, 1B Casey Blake, RF Franklin Gutierrez, C Kelly Shoppach, 3B Andy Marte. RHP Tom Mastny makes his first big-league start. Mastny made 56 starts in the Minors before converting to relief work in ’06.

RANGERS (29-30): 2B Ian Kinsler, SS Michael Young, CF Josh Hamilton, RF Milton Bradley, DH David Murphy, LF Brandon Boggs, 1B Frank Catalanotto, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 3B Ramon Vazquez. LHP A.J. Murray.

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…

  • Wedge is hoping to get five innings out the combination of Mastny and Jensen Lewis tonight. That would allow him to manage the rest of the game as if it was a somewhat normal night. Expect Lewis to get sent right back down after the game so he can go back to refining his mechanics at Buffalo.
  • The Indians’ RBI leaders are Casey Blake (36) and Grady Sizemore (30). Combined, they have just one more RBI than the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton (65).
  • Going into last night’s game, Aaron Laffey had allowed just three hits to left-handed batters over six starts. He gave up two hits to lefties on the Rangers.
  • Blake is the only AL player with a seven-RBIs game this season. He is now batting .375 with three homers and nine RBIs over his last six games.
  • According to Elias, Blake has as many (2) or more seven-RBIs games as Hank Aaron (0), Barry Bonds (1), Stan Musial (2), Willie Mays (1), Mel Ott (1) and Carl Yastriemski (0), all of whom are on the top 10 of the all-time RBI list.
  • Jhonny Peralta is taking a nine-game hitting streak into tonight’s game. He’s batted .359 with three homers and four RBIs during the streak.
  • Jeremy Sowers was named the International League pitcher of the week after going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts. He is 4-3 with a 2.08 ERA on the year at Buffalo. Expect to see him in the Tribe rotation in the next week.

~AC

6 Comments

So, Asdrubal gets 2 hits last night, and his reward is he’s out of the lineup in favor of Carroll? That makes no sense

It makes sense if you look at his splits against lefties.

Maybe … except I’d prefer to give the guy a chance to get on a roll by playing the next day after he had a decent day at the plate … and I wouldn’t say 29 at bats is a large enough sample size. And it looks like hit hit .340 against lefties last year, so not sure what you can make of those statistics, could just be the quality of guys they faced, or bad luck

or could be wedge is trying to throw the season.

spoon might be the exception to your texas rule.

anyway, will sowers be brought up following tonights game to fill in for westbrook?

Tonight:

w/o RISP: 12 for 26 (.462)
w/ RISP: 3 for 15 (.200) with 4 strikeouts
w/ RISP against pitchers not named Jamie Wright:
1 for 13 (.077) with 4 strikeouts

Okay, overall I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad about the game. They scored a lot of runs, and they didn’t have a real starting pitcher. Still, that discrepancy says to me that they’re not really breaking out of this funk yet. Not to be too pessimistic, and let’s hope I’m wrong, but even last night, when they were 5 for 14 (.357) overall with RISP, hitters with numbers higher than 1 were batting 2 for 12 (.167), with 4 strikeouts and a double play.

This says to me that they’re really psyching themselves out, and with all the strikeouts… maybe they’re trying to do too much, instead of trying to guide clean singles through holes in situations where doing so is worth an RBI or two? (By the way, I’m not going to go back and count, but it doesn’t seem to me that they’re making too many useful outs with RISP either…sac flies and bunts, RBI groundouts, even moving runners from 2nd to 3rd for the 1st out).

Anyway, it’s good at least to see them getting some hits… gotta start somewhere. Let’s hope they can win the next two and get themselves a series win.

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