When you're sitting back in your rose pink Cadillac, making bets on Kentucky Derby Day

Several readers have written in to blast the Indians for getting rid of Louie Isaac, only to see the bullpen spontaneously combust again here in the early going this season.

kentucky_derby.jpgThe Isaac dismissal still puzzles me. The pitchers loved working with him, and one would think that if his working relationship with Carl Willis wasn’t quite up to par, such a move would have been made several years earlier.

That being said, I highly doubt Isaac’s absence is the main issue at hand. After all, it was a pretty bad bullpen a year ago, when Isaac was still around.

But I can say that it’s a bit bizarre to not have Isaac here on Kentucky Derby Day. He loved the ponies, and he always had a prediction — usually, an accurate one. 

So as my dad calls me from Thistledown to ask which horse I want to bet on and I pathetically search the list of entries in the wake of I Want Revenge getting scratched, I’m sending this out to Louie Isaac. Maybe he’s reading and can drop a prediction in the comments section.

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…

  • None of the new guys were in the lineup today, and that was expected. But the next few days will be interesting. It’s good to see the Indians getting proactive and shaking things up at this still-early juncture. They wouldn’t be calling LaPorta up if they didn’t intend to use him. My guess is we’ll start to see less of Ben Francisco.
  • LaPorta started at first base last night for the first time this season. Eric Wedge said he is an option there.
  • The Indians groomed Valbuena to be more versatile. He saw regular time at second base, third and short in Columbus. And that order I just listed those positions is the order in which Wedge views Valbuena as an option. He could allow Asdrubal Cabrera to move over to short, or he could allow Mark DeRosa to get a breather.
  • Wedge on the moves: “We’re more versatile than before. We’re going to be able to do things we want to do with regard to playing that particular day.”
  • Joe Smith’s shoulder injury does not sound serious. In fact, head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said Smith’s condition has already improved since he last threw on Tuesday. This DL move is more about getting Smith regular work in Columbus on rehab, because his Spring Training was drastically affected by his bout with a viral infection. Smith will return to Cleveland on Sunday and will play catch early this coming week.
  • Scott Lewis (strained left forearm) is throwing bullpen sessions in Goodyear. He’s still at least a couple weeks away from being eligible to return.
  • Jake Westbrook (Tommy John surgery) will throw two bullpen sessions next week and, if all goes well, will be ready to toss one inning of game action on Monday, May 11.
  • Jamey Carroll (broken bone in left hand) has been taking grounders and soft toss. He’ll take batting practice with the club in Toronto and should be ready to begin a rehab assignment late next week, most likely with Columbus.
  • Wedge has started Shin-Soo Choo in left and Francisco in right because of the layout of Comerica Park. Left field has a little more terrain than right. It was the same program in Yankee Stadium and will be the same when the Indians play in the Metrodome.
  • Cliff Lee got a haircut before today’s game. He didn’t seem too happy with it. In fact, he was seen carrying clippers, presumably to fix it himself.

~AC

24 Comments

So if Luis gave you Mine That Bird you probably will blow off this blog and never be heard from again!

I’m really liking your random song lyrics in your blog titles AC. This is a great Stones song that most people only know because of the Townes Van Zandt version in the Big Lebowski.
Anyways, I’m happy to see Graffanino finally get cut and LaPorta getting a chance to play. I hope that move doesn’t come back and haunt us a year earlier with him going to arbitration. I also like Valbuena getting the opportunity to play at the MLB level. Franklin G hasn’t really started off too hot at the plate in Seattle, so this trade has an opportunity of looking good for Cleveland if Valbuena can be Val-Bueno.
Bummer about the loss today. Are we ever going to see version 2007 Betancourt again? If he throws together another sub-par year, I think we need to let him go at the end of the season.

Lucky #8 winner in Kentucky Derby at 50-1 odds, unlucky #8 sinks Tribe again at 1-1 odds.

Letting Jhonny 0-4 Peralta hit today with the tying runners on and two down in the ninth? VERY questionable.

Jason
http://jmays.mlblogs.com

Wow wedge says that he can be more versatile than before with his lineups..really is that the answer. How about being consistent and letting guys play. Maybe this is why Wedge has exactly 1 playoff apperance.

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