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.