"Hey, salad's got nothin' on this mutton."
I just received word that they’re serving steak in the press dining room tonight.
This is a rare treat. Either the Progressive Field cooks are spoiling us media types, or there was a terrible accident at Thistledown earlier today.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- Eric Wedge on Kerry Wood: “He’s been much more consistent lately. I’ve felt his breaking ball has been more usable for him. It’s a great pitch when he can command it.”
- Wood has had just 20 save opportunities this season. That puts him in a tie for 12th among AL closers in save opps. While Wood has been nowhere near the shutdown ninth-inning arm the Indians hoped for when they signed him, his is a difficult season to judge because the save opportunities have been so erratic. But it is clear that he was struggling to get his breaking ball over earlier in the year, and that certainly limited his effectiveness. Whatever the case, he hasn’t been worth $10 million, that’s for sure.
- One last note on Wood: He’s finished 39 games this season, so he’s not exactly on pace to reach that vesting point for his 2011 option. That option only vests if he finishes 55 games either this season or next.
- Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .303 right-handed after entering this season with a .239 career average against lefties. His career mark has been raised to .272.
- It’s already well-documented that David Huff will likely make way for another starter (presumably, Carlos Carrasco) at some point in September. Wedge said it’s also a “possibility” that the club could use a sixth starter at some point in the month. If that’s the case, one would assume Hector Rondon would get a look.
- Speaking of Carrasco, he took the loss for Triple-A Columbus last night after giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings against Toledo. Carrasco is now 10-10 with a 4.80 ERA on the year.
- Regarding Tony Sipp, earlier this year the Indians had several restrictions on him because of his Tommy John history. Wedge wasn’t supposed to use him on consecutive days, and he wasn’t supposed to warm him up without using him. Wedge said those restrictions have since been lifted, as Sipp has tolerated his workload well this season.
- Kelly Shoppach struck out a couple times last night, and that’s been known to happen. What’s also been known to happen is Shoppach getting frustrated by a strikeout and snapping his bat over his thigh. He did it again last night. Wedge said he doesn’t have a problem with such displays. “I don’t care, as long as nobody gets hurt,” Wedge said. “But I know one thing: If you go that route, you better do it [all the way], because if you don’t, you’re leaving yourself wide open.”
- Connor Graham was solid for Double-A Akron last night. He tossed seven innings at Erie in which he allowed just a run on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts to earn his first win as a member of the Indians’ organization. Graham is now 1-2 with a 4.07 ERA since being acquired in the Rafael Betancourt trade with the Rockies.
- Jason Knapp made his third start for Class A Lake County last night and allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit with three walks and three strikeouts in four innings for a no-decision against Delmarva.
- Someone responded to my last post by asking if a Bruce Springsteen concert has ever left me disappointed. The question itself reveals that the person who asked it has never seen Bruce Springsteen in concert. But I can safely say this will be the most special E Street Band show in Cleveland since 1999. On the Rising tour in 2002 and the Magic tour in 2007, the band was in the first leg of a tour, which is traditionally a time to focus on the new album. This tour is loose, fun and random, and it will be in its final stage when the band hits the Q on Nov. 10. Anything can happen and probably will.