"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).


  • 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.



So what was wrong with Dellucci & Gutierrez that they had to be bumped? Were they the only ones who weren’t hitting on this offense? And I’m not buying into the “in hitting slumps” argument: you can’t be consistent at the plate if you’re not playing. I shouldn’t try and figure any of this out, it just hurts my head.

Any reason to hope that the Indians could come to a long term deal and get someone else or is competing in a tough division with the lowest payroll the future? (I am not really asking… I know the answer).

AC – it’s not even John Cusack movies at this point – It’s anything that John Hughes directed or anyplace that might be near the mythical town of Shermer, Illi. I bet that if Shermer had a minor league club – they’d be whacking be whacking us in thier division too.

I hope CC gets hurt. He’s a a fat pig !!!

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