"I am so smart! S-M-R-T!"
Former MLB.com and Indians.com associate reporter Andrew Gribble asked if there’s some rule stating that the Tribe must have at least one instance a year in which the night game before a noon game ends after midnight.
And the answer, of course, is yes. It’s on page 528 of the media guide, right underneath the note about the free pretzels and popcorn served in the press dining room.
But it’s not the quick turnaround that bothers me today. What bothers me is that I’m currently missing the semifinals of the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee.
And that, my friends, is why the good Lord created DVR.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Here’s pitching coach Carl Willis on the Tomo Ohka callup: “We just needed somebody who can give us some length. Having used Sowers [for five innings] three days ago, he still needs another day [off].”
- Ohka is the 22nd pitcher on the staff this season, and we’re only at game No. 49. The club record is 32, in 2000. Last year, the Indians used 28 pitchers.
- Sowers is probably the favorite for Monday’s start against the Yankees, at the moment, but things can change in a hurry around here. The Indians just have to see how the next few days go with their bullpen.
- The Rays’ 16-game losing streak in Cleveland is the second-longest active losing streak by one club against one team in one city. The longest is the Pirates’ 18-game drought in Milwaukee.
- The Indians have given up seven runs to the Rays in three games this year and won all three of them. The Rays are 15-0 in all other games in which they’ve scored seven runs.
- The Rays (209) and Indians (198) rank first and second in the AL in walks.
- Over the last 11 games, since May 16, the Indians’ bullpen has an ERA of 2.86. The relief ERA for the season is 5.05, which ranks 11th in the American League.
- Ryan Garko is in the lineup for the fourth straight day, and, in no coincidence, he’s starting to heat up. Garko has three homers in the last three games and four homers in the last eight games in which he’s had an at-bat. He has 10 RBIs in that eight-game stretch. Garko has hit safely in 15 of his last 19 starts, batting .278 with four homers and 14 RBIs.
- Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .325 (13-for-40) with five runs scored, three doubles, a homer and eight RBIs in nine games since being inserted into the leadoff spot.
- I don’t know what this means, but the Indians are 5-2 when Jamey Carroll starts.
- The last time the Tribe swept a four-game series was last July 10-13 — against the Rays, no less.
- Don’t forget that Sunday’s game against the Yankees is a 12:40 p.m. ET start, rather than the usual 1:05 p.m. start, because the game is on TBS.