"That guy can't even go to the bathroom in South America!"
Many of you have voiced either anger or confusion or some combination of the two over Eric Wedge’s lineups this season.
Well, how do you think the Korean population of Toronto feels?
Entering tonight, Choo had started 91 of the Indians’ 94 games this season. He hadn’t been out of the starting lineup since way back on May 29.
Tonight, the Rogers Centre is celebrating Korean Heritage Night. Presumably, there will be quite a few Koreans on-hand. If nothing else, there are a handful of Korean media members here.
No one told Wedge. Because, naturally, Choo has the night off.
You can’t make stuff like this up.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Spread the word around your neighborhood. The Indians have settled on a starter for Saturday’s game in Seattle, and it’s left-hander Jeremy Sowers. It was, then, a brief demotion to Triple-A for Sowers, who was sent down just two weeks ago and made exactly one start for the Clippers, giving up five runs in 6 1/3 innings in a loss to Syracuse on Sunday. The Indians could have stuck it out with Tomo Ohka. Instead, they’ll move him to the bullpen. Someone else from that ‘pen will have to go, and I don’t think the Indians will struggle to find candidates.
- The rotation is bound to go through multiple changes in the coming weeks. The Indians are still deciding what to do with Fausto Carmona with his next start, but you have to assume he’s on the horizon after making four starts with Triple-A Columbus — the last two of which have been solid. Carmona allowed a pair of runs on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings in a loss to Scranton last night. Jake Westbrook also figures to be back soon. He’s throwing a second simulated session Friday, and that could be his last step before going out on a rehab assignment. And there is, of course, the possibility the Indians could trade Cliff Lee or Carl Pavano.
- Regarding the trade talk, Wedge said much of it is “more bark than bite.” But Wedge did say it’s possible that the Indians will make a deal before the July 31 Trade Deadline. “I don’t think anything’s imminent,” Wedge said, “just that it’s possible.”
- Obviously, with regard to the Tribe’s trading chips, Lee and Victor Martinez are the focal points of the national media right now. But if you had to rank the Indians players perhaps most likely to be shipped out, given the club’s composition and 2010 outlook, Ryan Garko and Rafael Betancourt would have to be high on the list. Garko is nearing arbitration, and the Indians have Matt LaPorta in the pipeline and getting regular time at first base. Betancourt has a $5.4 million option for next season that is not likely to be exercised.
- Regarding Choo’s day off, Wedge said the right fielder is in need of a mental and physical break. Choo is 5-for-his-last-37. He’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow.
- Here’s an interesting note regarding the most highly coveted starting pitchers at the deadline. Over the last two seasons, the lowest ERAs in the American League belong to Roy Halladay (2.76) and Cliff Lee (2.79).
- Following his third complete game, Lee is now sixth in the AL in ERA (3.17), first in innings pitched (145) and ninth in strikeouts (103). His ERA is the lowest among AL pitchers with a losing record. Lee became the first Tribe pitcher to pitch consecutive complete games without walking a batter since CC Sabathia in July 2006.
- Indians pitchers walked 3.9 batters per nine innings in the first half. In the second half so far, that number is down to 2.2.
- How about Garko legging out an infield single in the ninth last night? “I never thought I’d say those two things in the same sentence,” Wedge joked.
- Akron infielder/outfielder Matt McBride is now tied for eighth in all the Minors with 74 RBIs and tied for second in doubles with 32.
- Because he just said this to me as I happened to be finishing this post, I’ll put it on the record right now that Tribe PR director Bart Swain loves “O Canada,” the Canadian national anthem. I’m more partial to “Oh Sherry” by Journey frontman Steve Perry, but to each his own.