"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).


  • 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.



I’m curious what it would seriously take for the Indians to get Brian Roberts from the perpetually rebuilding Orioles. Offensively, the Indians number one priority this offseason has got to be to get a guy who can bat leadoff, so Sizemore can move down in the order. .270 with 35HRs would look a lot better in the 3rd spot in the lineup. Roberts, an infielder with speed, would seem a perfect fit. It doesn’t look like the Orioles have anyone who can play 1B or SS, the Indians have Garko, Aubrey, Peralta, Barfield, as well as expendable Ben Francisco, and guys like Sowers and Adam Miller. Thoughts?

If not Roberts, anyone other infielders they could have their eye on? I think next year they should be going with Shoppach, who with a full season could hit 30-35HRs, as full-time catcher, and Victor at 1B, with Cabrera at SS. So they need to either move Peralta to 3B or trade him for either a 2B or 3B.

Anthony, I’m pretty sure they could also fire “Yost” for his inability to manage timeouts.

Drives me insane…

Call me crazy but I wouldn’t call Francisco expendable. I would trade him over Gut. The rest of the Roberts idea I like, however that still doesn’t solve 3b, and even IF it did happen, I bet Wedge would still bat Grady 1 and Roberts would be 2.

Btw, AC, are we going to have to put up with Del-hoochy next year? Please say no oh wise blog prophet.

****Correction, I would trade Gut over Francisco. Silly typo..

Francisco is not a bad player, but with the way he’s played in the 2nd half I’d take Choo over him, and they have Trevor Crowe and Matt Laporta in the pipeline, who have either speed or power that Francisco doesn’t have. I wouldn’t feel terrible about an outfield consisting of Sizemore, Choo, and either Laporta or Crowe with Gutierrez as a 4th outfield, either way, no way they’re keeping both Choo and Francisco longer than one more year if their prospects perform anything like they’re expected. So I’d say he’s expendable. B. Roberts, Cabrera, Sizemore, Martinez, Hafner, Choo, Shoppach, Laporta, unnamed 3B (Wes Hodges? Casey Blake? Peralta?), is a potentially very good lineup.

I’m not sure why they can’t keep both Choo and Francisco. I don’t see why it’s an either or situation.

And I’m be much more comfortable with Francisco, Sizemore, and Choo in the outfield than sending another rookie out there and hoping for the best.

It will take pitching to get Roberts, I think, I just don’t know how appealing some of our young pitchers are at the moment (I’m looking at you, Jeremy Sowers).

Because Francisco’s a guy who has trade value, and they don’t lose much by letting him go. Both Crowe and Laporta have more upside. How does it make any sense to have Sizemore, Choo, Francisco, Gutierrez and Delucci on the team with Crowe and Laporta in AAA, while they have so many other positions with gaping holes (infield, relievers). Gutierrez is a good 4th outfield, but not someone who adds much to a trade package

I’m with kvander, Sowers could be gone cuz Laffey isn’t going anwhere… I think Gut’s trade value is just as high with last years post season and his arm and the fact that he has long been considered the Indian’s best fielding outfielder (yeah, slighty better than Grady cuz of the arm). And Ben’s come along way with his fielding and arm, plus his bat isn’t nearly as weak with the inability of Gut to hit the breaking ball and you’re not losing too much on speed with Benny either. PLUS we’re forgetting that Ben has options left, which leave the Indians in a much better situation if he flops, something we couldn’t do with Gut this year. Honestly, I’d like to see them both and trade Marte and Dellucci for a hotdog with some stadium mustard, then use our full stomach and clear mind to approach the topic.

Oh and if we trade Choo I won’t watch a game next year, that’d be dumber than moving the Browns, but it has happened..

I’d love to get Roberts, but that would (I’m guessing) mean moving Jhonny to 3rd, which would just be another issue to deal with (how he performs at 3rd). I have to wonder if we might be better off trying to pry Garrett Atkins out of Colorado, if we’re making trades.

And Choo is definitely one of the reasons to watch this team these days.

GEORGE: Anyway, as I was lying in the puddle, I-I think I may have found a way for us to get Bonds and Griffey, and we wouldn’t have to give up that much.

STEINBRENNER: Well, don’t tell it to me George, tell it to the new Assistant to the General Manager.

GEORGE: I didn’t get the job?

STEINBRENNER: Well, once you were dead, we couldn’t just sit on our hands. We had to make a move…

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