"You must keep hope alive, bald people!"

Uh, 157-5, anyone?

 

All right, that's an unattainable mark, but the Indians better get a win Sunday. If they don't, they'll be the first Cleveland team to start a season 0-6 since the 1914 Cleveland Naps, who, under skipper Joe Birmingham, started out 0-8 and went on to finish 51-102 -- in dead last in the American League and 48 1/2 back of the first-place Philadelphia Athletics.

 

That's a bad, bad precedent.

 

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY...

 

  • Obviously a disappointing outing for Cliff Lee today. He looked like his old self -- not the guy who won 22 games last year but the guy who struggled to be efficient for his first five years in the big leagues. Lee needed 102 pitches to get through five innings in which he surrendered four runs on seven hits with four walks and five strikeouts. He let the leadoff man aboard in each of the first four innings.
  • Lee insisted his fastball location was fine today. And it's times like these when I wonder why we even bother interviewing guys after games.
  • No word on who will start Wednesday's game. The Indians are still working through that decision, according to Eric Wedge. The good news is that Lewis' MRI did not show any structural damage, so the Indians think he can recuperate with rest.
  • Here's an ugly note from Elias Sports Bureau. The Indians became just the fourth team since 1900 to allow 42 or more runs in their first four games of the season. The others were Milwaukee in 1901 (45), the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954 (47) and Baltimore in 1978 (44).
  • How about that starting pitching? Tribe starters are now 0-4 with a 13.28 ERA, giving up 30 earned runs in just 20 1/3 innings of work.
  • The guy that worries me most in the bullpen is Rafael Perez, who has allowed six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. Perez also struggled last April, so you have to wonder if this is going to be a trend. He's supposed to be the shutdown setup option in front of Kerry Wood -- you know, assuming the Indians get around to having a game to close out.
  • This was just a standard off day today for Travis Hafner, who is limited to about five games a week here in the early going. Pronk has actually hit lefties (.288 average, .923 OPS) better than righties (.261, .890) over the last three years, so it wasn't terribly surprising that Wedge would sit him against Roy Halladay and, I'm assuming, play him Sunday against left-hander David Purcey. The splits aren't that much of an issue.
  • As bad as the pitching has been, the Indians are 5-for-39 with runners in scoring position, and that's a huge concern. They were 1-for-9 today, and that, to me, was just as much the storyline as anything we saw from Lee.
  • Speaking of concerns, No. 2 hitter Mark DeRosa was driving the struggle bus with just one hit, two walks and nine strikeouts in 23 plate appearances before that three-run double in the ninth.
  • Great to see "Chulkamania" running wild at Progressive Field. Vinnie Chulk pitched well this spring and fits in well in this clubhouse. He'd have to clear waivers to be sent back down, so I don't view this as a short-term promotion.
  • Adam Miller threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Friday at the Goodyear complex and continues to progress without setbacks. Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff will address Miller when he gives an injury roundup Sunday, but Soloff had said earlier this week that the next step for Miller (pitching with decreased range of motion in his right middle finger) would be to face live hitters next week.
  • Regarding yesterday's delay, the umpires decide when to halt and when to resume a game in inclement weather. Last night, I'm sure they had both teams in their ear about the need to get the game in, because the Blue Jays don't come back again this season. A day-night Saturday doubleheader wasn't an ideal scenario (that would have given the Indians 10 games in nine days, and neither was the loss of a mutual off day. "I'm sure everybody in here would prefer playing all night over losing an off day in the middle of August or something," Kelly Shoppach said. "You need those off days during the season. It's a long year."
  • Shoppach joked about the Cleveland weather. "I think it's a rule that we just have bad weather up here," he said. "It seems like every time we land, bad weather comes. Like, wheels on the runway? Boom. Rainy."

~AC

9 Comments

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I’m not sure what you mean when you say Lee “struggled to be efficient for his first five years in the big leagues”. Save for 2007, Lee has consistently been a winning pitcher. Between 2004-2006, he won 46 games — that’s more than C.C. I wouldn’t be surprised if he struggles this year, as is fairly common among reigning Cy-Young winners.

-KB

why does shelton still have a job? who cares if this team hits a million solo homers this year, we need people hitting for average so that someone is on base! Furthermore when they are on base we need to be able to just get a good ole fashion single…. baseball 101 get ‘em on, get ‘em over, ***get ‘em in***!

pitching will come around, provided people get/stay healthy.

why does shelton still have a job? who cares if this team hits a million solo homers this year, we need people hitting for average so that someone is on base! Furthermore when they are on base we need to be able to just get a good ole fashion single…. baseball 101 get ‘em on, get ‘em over, ***get ‘em in***!

pitching will come around, provided people get/stay healthy.

Hey KB,
What AC meant by struggling to be efficient has nothing to with wins and losses. Its more about tossing a lot of pitches, more than necessary. The reason Lee had more wins and a lower ERA last year is because he was able to go consistently deep in to the games, which started with him getting ahead early in the game.

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