Let's hope that the roof stays on
I threw in the new Bob Dylan album, “Together Through Life,” on the drive up to Detroit today and had planned on writing up a three-word review. (I’ll go with, “Accordion-aided excellence.”)
Then I got to thinking about Dylan’s prolific career. “Together Through Life” is his 33rd studio album. According to his official Web site, he has written 456 songs — and those are just the ones that have been released. “Brownsville Girl” alone contains 1,112 words, seven of which are referenced in the headline above.
(NOTE: I have no way of knowing if “Brownsville Girl” is the wordiest Dylan song. It’s merely my first guess, seeing as how it’s about 11 minutes long.)
I guess when it comes to words written per calendar year, Dylan is rivaled only by, well, baseball beat writers. And with that notion in mind, here are a few words about the Indians.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- One month into the season, Baseball Prospectus’ playoff odds report gives the Indians a 16.7 percent chance of reaching the playoffs, an 11.3 percent chance of winning the AL Central and a 5.4 percent chance of winning the Wild Card.
- Jamey Carroll is on the trip again. He’s taking groundballs, swinging off a tee and running the bases. He could be ready for a rehab assignment sometime next week.
- Some early splits that strike me as interesting: Obviously, Victor Martinez is having a strong season. He’s second in the league in batting average (.386), tied for second in multi-hit games (10), fourth in total bases (56), sixth in on-base percentage (.446) and seventh in slugging percentage (.636). But his numbers with runners in scoring position are less-inspiring — .190 (4-for-21) with no homers and three RBIs.
- Grady Sizemore has been much less productive at home (9-for-49 with two homers and eight RBIs) than he has on the road (13-for-43, four homers, 10 RBIs. He’s 6-for-21 (.286) against lefties and 16-for-71 (.225) against right-handers.
- Kelly Shoppach has been victimized by right-handed pitching — .6-for-31 (.194) with a homer and two RBIs.
- Believe it or not, the Indians are tied for fourth in the AL in stolen bases with 17 in 22 games. Last year, they didn’t notch their 17th stolen base until the 30th game of the season.
- Entering tonight’s game, the Indians have won seven straight against the Tigers, dating back to last July 31.
- Some guy named Adam Miller — not the guy with the finger issue but an Indians fan, nonetheless — is getting married in Cleveland this weekend. Here’s wishing him and his bride-to-be well.