"Duty is nothing. It's like sales tax."
If you’re reading this, you’re probably an Indians fan and probably feeling a little down in the dumps these days. Your team is woefully out of first place, the season is looking irreparable, and C.C. Sabathia could be donning a Brewers, Cubs, Dodgers, Phillies, Rays (or insert some other contender here) jersey in a matter of days, if not weeks.
You’re probably a little jealous of Chicagoans, who have not one but two teams in first. You can’t even bring yourself to watch a John Cusack movie.
Well, know this: Sales tax in Chicago just jumped up to 10.25 percent today. Quick rule of thumb here: If the sales tax percentage rivals the Indians’ divisional deficit, you know it’s out of control.
So, are you feeling better about your situation? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Anyway, here are the lineups for Day 2 of the “make or break” roadie…
INDIANS (37-46): CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, LF Ben Francisco, SS Jhonny Peralta, 3B Casey Blake, DH Shin-Soo Choo, 1B Ryan Garko, C Kelly Shoppach, RF Franklin Gutierrez. LHP Cliff Lee (11-1, 2.34).
WHITE SOX (47-35): SS Orlando Cabrera, C A.J. Pierzynski, LF Carlos Quentin, RF Jermaine Dye, DH Jim Thome, 3B Joe Crede, 1B Nick Swisher, 2B Alexei Ramirez, CF Brian Anderson. LHP John Danks (5-4, 2.62).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Eric Wedge said he had a “heart to heart” with Ben Francisco about his baserunning blunder last night. Francisco overran first base after hitting a single to left and ended up getting caught of the bag on a 7-4-3 relay. While Francisco has hit well and shown improvement defensively, this wasn’t the first time he’s had trouble on the basepaths. Wedge said it’s all part of a young player developing.
- Wedge also stated the obvious about Shin-Soo Choo’s third-inning error: Choo had no business sliding for that ball on the line. “He shouldn’t have left his feet,” Wedge said. “We’ve seen a couple guys leave their feet when they don’t have to.”
- The good folks at Baseball Prospectus give the Indians a 0.6 percent chance of winning the AL Central and a 0.07 percent chance of winning the Wild Card. Tee times, anyone?
- I assume you’re still interested in the division race, regardless of the Indians’ standing. The White Sox are given a 79.6 percent chance of winning the Central, with the second-place Twins at 6.7 percent and the surging Tigers at 12.3 percent.
- Speaking of the division, the AL Central posted a combined record of 81-56 (.591) in June.
- The Indians have allowed eight grand slams this year, the most in the Majors. It’s the second-most allowed by a Tribe team since 1951. The most was the nine served up by the 1963 club. By the way, there are still have 78 games to go.
- The Tribe has lost seven of eight to the White Sox.
- Peralta has hits in each of his last seven plate appearances. He had four extra-base hits last night. According to the Society for American Baseball Research, he is the 13th Indians player since 1956 to collect four extra-base hits in a game. The last was Jody Gerut on April 16, 2004. Peralta is just the 12th shortstop to achieve the feat. The last was Miguel Tejada on June 1, 2005.
- RHP Jensen Lewis has allowed just one hit with four strikeouts, no walks and no earned runs allowed over his last three appearances, covering five innings.