4/16: Indians at Yankees

stadium_350_041509.jpgToday’s 1:05 p.m. ET puts the Indians at the center of the baseball universe for the opening of the $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium, with a pair of former Cy Young winners squaring off. The game will be broadcast on WTAM 1100 and WKYC Channel 3.

INDIANS: CF Grady Sizemore, 3B Mark DeRosa, 1B Victor Martinez, SS Jhonny Peralta, DH Shin-Soo Choo, RF Ben Francisco, C Kelly Shoppach, 2B Tony Graffanino, LF Trevor Crowe. LHP Cliff Lee.

YANKEES: SS Derek Jeter, LF Johnny Damon, 1B Mark Teixeira, RF Nick Swisher, C Jorge Posada, 2B Robinson Cano, DH Hideki Matsui, 3B Cody Ransom, CF Brett Gardner. LHP CC Sabathia.


Wow, congrats to all the players who will be able to say they played in this game. I bet Graffanino and Crowe were surprised to see their names on the lineup card, but good for them. Go Tribe!

Why in the world is Peralta batting cleanup? He hasn’t done a thing with RISP thus far. I say you put Shoppach in there. Sure, he strikes out a lot, but he’s got raw power AND he was a catcher on Sabathia’s team–he ought to have a pretty good feel for CC’s style of attacking hitters.

Here’s to hoping the New Yorkers go home angry…

Yay Trevor Crowe! So happy he’s playing! I hope he does well.

No Hafner for the Yankees home opener? WHAT?!


Go get ’em, Cliff.

I just don’t understand why Ryan Garko has to give up his time at 1B to keep Victor in the lineup everyday. I love Vic – don’t get me wrong – but if we have to give Grady a day off, why can’t Victor sit one down once in a while. This team will never get into a rhythm with this picking names out of a hat lineup.

You don’t get better on the bench – and you don’t become consistent.

timryan2, you’ve fallen victim to the curse of the internet, immortalizing your comments for ever! Which would be fine, if Jhonny hadn’t gone 2-5 with 2 RBI and a run scored today.

So true losangelesclevelandfan, so true. As soon as Jhonny knocked in those RBI’s, I knew I was in trouble on the blog. But then again, I’m happy to have been wrong. We need him to produce!

You should call out the guys like that!

timryan2, even with Peralta’s performance yesterday I would haven disagreed with you on the Shoppach front. He has struck out 9 times in 19 at bats, good for a 47% clip so far this year. And while I do not think 10 games is a fair barometer of success (for both Shoppach and Peralta) his 133 K in 352 AB (37%) last year is also quite glaring. Conversely, we cannot ignore that Peralta hit .316 last year from the cleanup spot.

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