Mama if that's movin' up then I'm movin' out

It's the last day of the month, and my lease is up on my spring rental unit. Ordinarily, move-out day is a celebratory occasion. Today, it just means three nights in an Arizona hotel, as the Eternal Spring continues.

 

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY...

 

  • Oh my. Scott Lewis got shelled again today against the Mariners. He gave up 10 runs on 13 hits in 3 2/3 innings, giving up a grand slam to Ronny Cedeno and two homers to Russell Branyan that haven't landed yet. That's 15 runs on 21 hits in his last 6 2/3 innings since being named the Indians' No. 4 starter.
  • Lewis said he's having some issues trying to grip the ball in the dry air. But if I remember correctly, it was pretty dry in his first five appearances, when he had a 3.52 ERA and won the job. Lewis acknowledged that the air won't be any better when he makes the start in assumedly cold conditions in Cleveland at the April 10 home opener. He'll have one more opportunity to figure it out in an extended game here in Goodyear on Sunday.
  • Gary Sheffield cut. Didn't see that one coming. And before you ask (well, actually, some of you already have), while the Indians do have a history of trying to trade for Sheffield, it's hard to imagine them making a run at him here. Last I checked, they already have a DH with question marks. They don't need another. And when you consider that Sheffield's first day with the Tribe would involve him trying to punch teammates Asdrubal Cabrera and Fausto Carmona in the head as retaliation for last September's incident, I don't think he'd add much in the way of clubhouse camaraderie.
  • GM Mark Shapiro met with the media today. Nothing all that newsworthy to report. He offered some thoughts on the division, noting that the White Sox are the defending champs and must be respected as such. But the Twins, he said, have "without a doubt... the best pitching, top to bottom. There's no scenario where the Twins aren't going to be a solid to good team, with that rotation and with the guy they have finishing games for them [Joe Nathan]."
  • Shapiro said 90 wins could be enough to take the AL Central this season. Hard to dispute that, when you look at the rosters.
  • Summing up camp: "The overwhelming positive is we've got a minute injury list right now. At least what that allows is that the club you plan, by and large, will be on the field. It doesn't mean it will definitely be a championship team, but that's a strong positive. That's not something you take for granted. When you like the team you plan, you go through spring training holding your breath every game."
  • One guy we haven't discussed much is left-hander Tony Sipp, who will open at Triple-A Columbus and is very much back on the radar after '07 Tommy John surgery. "I think he's back on the trajectory he was on prior to his injury, which is a good thing," Shapiro said.
  • Getting away from Shapiro and speaking of Columbus, here's the Clippers' rotation (in no particular order): LHPs David Huff, Jeremy Sowers and Aaron Laffey, RHPs Kirk Saarloos and Jack Cassel. If the Indians had an opening in their rotation at this moment, Sowers would probably get the first call. But this will be a fluid situation all season, and any one of those guys (particularly the young lefties) could step up at any time.
  • The Double-A rotation (in no particular order): LHPs Chuck Lofgren, RHPs Hector Rondon, Steve Wright, Josh Tomlin, Frank Herrmann. LHP Ryan Edell has been moved to the bullpen. Lofgren, who was once a promising prospect, is likely on a short leash.
  • It needs to be said: Ryan Garko is not that bad in the outfield corners. He won't be climbing walls or making diving catches in the gap, but it doesn't look like he'll kill the Indians out there, either. And if his bat remains as productive as it was today, when he ripped a two-run single in the sixth, then finding another way to keep him in the lineup is a good thing.
  • Last home game of the spring. And for all that talk earlier this spring about the small crowds, the Indians drew a club-record 99,824 fans, an average of 5,546 per game. Last year, they drew an average of 5,820, with the boost of people paying their last respects to Chain of Lakes. In '07, they drew an average of 4,773.

~AC

17 Comments

Enjoy the hotel! The Season is coming!

Julia
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I wonder if the pressure is actually greater on Lewis since he won the job than it was before. I could see how it would be, that now he has to prove he deserves that spot. Maybe he’s over throwing.

I like our offense. I like the back end of our bullpen (even if Joe Smith finally gave up a run today). Our rotation worries me.

What the what is up with Lewis? His grip? Dry air? Huh….

We had Matt Lawton in the outfield… if I had a nickel for every ball that dropped two feet in front of him because he couldn’t take that extra step to get it, I’d own the team right now. I think some of the powers that be underestimate Mr. Garko – I thought he was great at 1B, but having that “flexibility” is a good thing.

I am sad to hear about Sheffield… I was already to rock a t-shirt with a photo of the fight the first time Detroit was in town. Shoot!

Who cares about AC’s hotel! GO AWAY JULIA !!!
I notice you never comment about the Tribe. Please take you’re sh*ty little comments elsewhere.
This is a blog about the Tribe, with comments from people “about the Tribe”!
Go find another blog where you can post your crappy one-liners, and self promote your Red Socks blog.

TRIBE FANS ONLY, or at the very least people who want to comment about the Tribe!

GO AWAY AND DON’T COME BACK

Seriously Julia – I totally agree with deep.fried. If you’ve got nothing to say about the Indians, please don’t bother – you’re diluting what this blog is supposed to be about – The Indians.

Anyway, with that out the way….. You gotta be disappointed about Sheffield not coming to the Prog this year. That bench clearing was one of the highlights of last year for me. And what a rotation the Clippers have! How far along do you think Rondon is from making it to AAA? Good work AC, thanks for the Minors rotation info.

You need to ask Victor and Carmona what they think of Sheffield leaving. I’m sure they’re heartbroken. ;)

I’m heartbroken we won’t get to see Sheffield Smackdown by half of Cleveland part II. *snaps fingers* Shoot.

I’m still laughing about Sheffield getting released at 499 HRs. Couldn’t happen to a nicer racist

What is this, my fifth time commenting on how annoying Julia’s one liners are? Please stop, and take you’re comments elsewhere. I say all of the CastroTurf readers leave horrible one liners on http://www.werbiefitz.mlblogs.com promoting this great blog for Indians fans.

Oh and AC, thanks for the Billy Joel reference. Made my day.

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After 40+ years of hoping and praying for the Indians, I’m very near the end for this team. Just how many years of rebuilding does the Tribe faithful have to endure? This is really looking like “Major League”, and I wouldn’t be surprised. Firing Wedge was a given, why stop there? Shapiro has proven himself to be less than qualified for his job. Dick Jacobs has to be rolling in his grave after seeing his stadium sellout record come to a screeching halt and everything else along with it run into the ground. I’m trying to figure out which team sucks the most, the Browns or the Tribe. Thanks for the let down and being a laughing stock in professional sports. Maybe if Shapiro got rid of Peralta, Carmona, Hafner, and Wood, and kept Martinez, Garko, and Lee, they might actually have a decent starting point next season. Grady Sizemore will be the next to go, just watch and see. I can’t blame him, either. Go play for a team that WANTS to win the World Series. Go Phillies. By the way, Shapiro, after you fired Charlie Manuel, how did that work out for you? Ahh, never mind, a blind person told me he saw that coming.

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I’m trying to figure out which team sucks the most, the Browns or the Tribe. Thanks for the let down and being a laughing stock in professional sports. Maybe if Shapiro got rid of Peralta, Carmona, Hafner, and Wood, and kept Martinez, Garko, and Lee, they might actually have a decent starting point next season. Grady Sizemore will be the next to go, just watch and see.

GM Mark Shapiro met with the media today. Nothing all that newsworthy to report. He offered some thoughts on the division, noting that the White Sox are the defending champs and must be respected as such. But the Twins, he said, have “without a doubt… the best pitching, top to bottom. There’s no scenario where the Twins aren’t going to be a solid to good team, with that rotation and with the guy they have finishing games for them [Joe Nathan].”

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