"Looks like somebody's got a case of the Mondays."
It was a rough weekend for Northeast Ohio sports fans. The OSU-USC game was over by halftime, and the Browns-Steelers game was over on Feb. 8, 2005, when Romeo Crennel was hired.
The Brewers had a pretty rough weekend, too. So much so that they fired manager Ned Yost on Monday.
Yes, the Brew Crew is tanking again, but no one saw this one coming. Milwaukee is tied for a spot in the playoffs and only two weeks remain in the regular season. Not a traditional time to shake everything up.
As you might expect, that’s the talk of the clubhouse today.
“I’ve never heard of anything like that,” Eric Wedge said. “Unless you’re privy to everything, it’s hard to comment on it. But that’s unusual, to say the least.”
If Yost was canned after going for a field goal on fourth-and-7 on his opponents’ 20 when down seven with three minutes left, it would be a little more understandable.
Here are tonight’s lineups…
INDIANS (72-77): CF Grady Sizemore, LF David Dellucci, RF Shin-Soo Choo, SS Jhonny Peralta, DH Travis Hafner, C Kelly Shoppach, 1B Michael Aubrey, 3B Andy Marte, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. LHP Scott Lewis (1-0, 0.00).
TWINS (82-67): RF Denard Span, 2B Alexi Casilla, C Joe Mauer, 1B Justin Morneau, DH Michael Cuddyer, LF Delmon Young, 3B Brendan Harris, SS Nick Punto, CF Carlos Gomez. RHP Kevin Slowey (12-9, 3.63).
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Asdrubal Cabrera is the AL’s Co-Player of the Week. He batted .455 with three doubles, a homer and eight RBIs last week.
- Scott Lewis is making his second start as a fill-in for Anthony Reyes tonight. As for Reyes, he’ll throw a bullpen session Tuesday and the Indians will use how he feels after that to determine if he’ll be ready to rejoin the rotation this weekend. There remains a possibility that he’ll be shut down for what little remains of the season.
- Aubrey is getting his fourth start in the past week, which is a little surprising. Then again, the Indians are going to to have to decide what to do with Aubrey this winter, and it’s possible they’re giving other clubs a chance to scout him. He is 3-for-13 since his September callup. “Like any young player, he’s getting his feet wet,” Wedge said. “Like a lot of young players, he tries to do too much at times. This is a chance for him to get some experience and for us to get a look at him, albeit short.”
- The Indians will surpass the 2,000,000 attendance mark tonight. It’s the 11th time in the last 14 seasons that they’ve passed that mark.
- Carlos Zambrano made his first start in about two weeks and ended up throwing a no-hitter on 110 pitches. Obviously, the Cubs had planned to be conservative with Zambrano, but Lou Piniella wasn’t going to pull him in the midst of a no-no. Wedge said he would have handled it the same way. Just for the sake of discussion, I asked Wedge if he would have let Lewis, who is on a strict pitch count, pitch into the ninth if he had a no-no (and not just a shutout) going in his big-league debut last week, and Wedge said he would have. But Wedge joked that some higher-ups might not be happy with that decision.