We'll sleep by the rivers, and in the morning we'll make a plan

I love the day MLB schedules are released. It’s a glimpse into the future and, therefore, an excellent way to emotionally prepare for certain experiences — such as the April 7, 2009, off day in Arlington, which, I’m sure, will be an existential experience.

The big news is the Indians opening up the new ballpark in the Bronx. We’ll see what kind of facility $1.3 billion can buy. They better have two-ply toilet paper.

The Indians’ home opener will come during Easter weekend. And for the 109th consecutive year, they’ll be off on Christmas.

But the 2009 schedule will have to wait. We’ve still got 11 games left in 2008. So here are tonight’s lineups…

INDIANS (74-77): CF Grady Sizemore, 3B Jamey Carroll, LF Shin-Soo Choo, SS Jhonny Peralta, 1B Victor Martinez, DH Travis Hafner, C Kelly Shoppach, RF Franklin Gutierrez, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. LHP Cliff Lee (22-2, 2.36).

TWINS (82-69): RF Denard Span, 2B Alexi Casilla, C Joe Mauer, DH Justin Morneau, LF Delmon Young, 3B Brendan Harris, 1B Brian Buscher, SS Matt Tolbert, CF Carlos Gomez. RHP Scott Baker (9-4, 3.57).

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…

  • Anthony Reyes told me yesterday that he had an MRI. Eric Wedge said today that Reyes did not yet have an MRI. All this confusion aside, the Indians, at this point, do not believe Reyes’ elbow soreness will require surgery. It’s being treated simply as inflammation. They’ll let him cool off for a while, then evaluate him.
  • Obviously, the Indians are going to be in the market for an infielder this offseason. Does Wedge have a preference which position that infielder plays? “We have a lot of flexibility with that,” he said. “I don’t dig deep into the lists [of available players] until after the season is over. But the versatility of some of our ballplayers allows us to be more liberal with who we look at.”
  • Cliff Lee’s last loss was against the Twins on July 6. That was 72 days ago.
  • The Indians have scored 314 runs in the second half. That’s the second-most in the Majors, behind the Twins (315).
  • The Tribe’s 36-24 record since July 10 is the fourth-best record in the AL in that span.
  • So, are the Indians “spoilers”? Not in Wedge’s mind. “That’s a word that has teeth for people who aren’t in it,” he said. “We’re out here playing to win the ballgame. We’re trying to win for ourselves, no to spoil it for somebody else.” The Twins, now 2 1/2 games back in the AL Central chase, might beg to differ.

~AC

14 Comments

Just caught the end of Weekend At Bernies 2 on Comedy Central. Good times…

With 4 games left against the Red Sox and 3 games left against the White Sox, I hope the Indians can be spoilers. That would be something to smile about after a long season.

I’d much rather see the Twinkies in the playoffs than the White Sox. So here’s to hoping we still win tonight, but also sweep those series that kvander mentioned.

The Indians are opening a $1.3 Billion stadium? It will be hard to beat the Jake.

the cleveland fans are also going to be upset that they have to travel to the bronx

I figured it would be assumed that I meant the Indians are opening up the ballpark as the visiting team. Please don’t tell me I’ve put too much confidence in my readership.

Hopefully Cliff racks up another “W” tonight. I don’t want voters to be tempted to give the award to a closer.

http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/09/most_valuable_post_award.html

need you and your commenters to weigh in there :)

mark

As an old Pirates fan, I’d add this nugget to the above link:
We will never compete.

Let’s go Bucs!

I’d just like to point out the sheer comma density in the following clause: “such as the April 7, 2009, off day in Arlington, which, I’m sure, will be an existential experience.”

That’s a comma to word ratio of 0.28. Positively Shatneresque.

I’ll admit I know very little about blogs. I don’t read many blogs, and I certainly don’t read many blog comments.

But I would have to assume I’m the only blogger whose readers point out his comma-to-word ratio.

And I’m not complaining, for the record. It’s an honor.

That sentence really does look like William Shatner wrote it. You should be honored. AC, Shatner is a legend, to most… at least.

If we are nominating posts of the year, it has to be the Bullington Name Game. The Scribble created a monster.

Haha!! What an interesting slew of comments!

But, hey! We swept Minnesota! That’s one step closer to a winning record for the year. It’s not the playoffs, but it will have to do.

*still crossing fingers, never-the-less*

Actually, I complement all the girls on their comma to word ratios.

Better too high than too low, I reckon.

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