We're goin' to the end of the line

By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
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Up in Motown tonight, it’s the showdown for Central supremacy, as the Twins and Tigers kick off a four-game set.

Here in Cleveland, the Indians have already fallen short in the melee for mediocrity, as third place has been locked up by the White Sox.

But the Indians (64-91) can still fend off the Royals (64-92) in the rumble for respect — i.e., the battle to avoid last place in this weak division.

Combine that with the managerial melodrama, and you’ve got the makings of one last week of semi-intrigue in a long and winding season.

Let’s get it started.

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…

  • The Indians announced 15 amateur signings in Latin America. From the Dominican Republic: OF Angel Hernandez, LHP Alexander Joseph, INFs Jairo Kelly, Jorge Martinez, Luigy Rodriguez, RHPs Amiro Santana, Juan Santana. From Venezuela: RHP Yan Carlos Caripa, C Juan Carlos DelaCruz, INF Richard Delgado, RHPs Nietzer Jimenez (18 years old), Alejandro Rivas (18), C Gustavo Rojas (17). From Panama: LHP Jonathan Cedeno (17), C Franklin Moreno. Unless otherwise noted, all of the above are 16.
  • Michael Brantley should be back in the lineup Tuesday. He said his sore right ankle is feeling better and he’s ability to do all his agility work. This is the same ankle problem Brantley dealt with at Triple-A Columbus this season.
  • Not only is Joe Smith done for the year because of his left knee sprain, but the knee might require arthroscopic surgery. Head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff will have the details Tuesday.
  • David Huff is also done for the year. He reached 167 2/3 innings total between Triple-A and the big leagues, and that will be his cutoff point. Contrary to what Huff told reporters after Sunday’s game, he will not be in the bullpen in Boston this weekend.
  • It was an up and down season for Huff, and, more often than not, that’s what you expect from a rookie starter. The 11 wins are nice, but, of course, Huff benefited from getting nearly six runs of support per start. Still, give him credit for finishing strong. He was much more consistent over his last five starts. He went 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA down the stretch, and that might have been enough to make him a favorite for a rotation spot next season.
  • The Indians and Major League Baseball announced the creation of the Sandy Alomar Jr. Scholarship Award. It will be given annually to a graduating St. Martin de Porres High School senior who meets scholarship criteria by achieving academic excellence, participating in community service and having financial need. The inaugural recipient announced Monday was Devonte Smith, who is currently attending Kent State University and majoring in nursing. He’ll receive a $2,000 scholarship to be used toward his education, and he’ll be honored before Tuesday’s game. St. Martin de Porres was founded in 2003 to provide high-quality education to young people in Cleveland who would not otherwise be able to afford it.
  • The Tribe has had just two winning streaks of four or more games this season (four games, May 25-28; five games, July 23-27).
  • The switch-hitting Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .317 off left-handers and .305 off righties. Pretty impressive, considering he came in with a .239 career mark against right-handers.
  • No. 1 pick Alex White made his organizational debut at the Instructional League in Goodyear on Saturday. He worked one inning against the Reds, allowing a pair of hits with no walks and one strikeout.
  • The upper deck is closed tonight, due to the windy conditions. Obviously, there aren’t enough fans here to fill the lower deck, anyway. 

~AC

7 Comments

I think David Huff deserves more credit than what you are giving him AC. Look, this guy wasn’t supposed to start for us until August or September in a best case scenerio, yet he got called up in May, and yet he did have an up and down season, he has the moxie and the heart to come right back next year and continue where he left off. He at least should get the number 5 spot, and I still say use Hector Rondon as the 6th, maybe 7th starter next year. In other words, when there is an injury to one of our starters, or a trade, move Hector up then. I look forward to seeing how he does in spring training though, if he at least competes for a spot in the rotation and makes the battle interesting.

Right now, I would still go with this…

1. Westbrook
2. Laffey
3. Masterson
4. Carmona
5. Huff

Jeremy Sowers is a long man and can be a very good piece to the bullpen.

I wouldn’t be shocked to see one of Laffey, Masterson, and Huff also being moved to the bullpen at some point. I also can’t see a scenario in which they don’t trade Westbrook at mid-season, so I think Rondon will get his chance next year regardless of injuries to any of the starters.

I am still holding out hopes the Indians can turn into the Minnesota Twins next season with everything clicking and they find themselves to be contenders when they weren’t supposed to be. I still say the AL Central division is weak enough that the Indians can make a run, but obviously everything has to click right and they must, and I stress MUST start April with an obove .500 record. Having said that, you’re probably right…LOL

They could trade him if he is some what good. He hasn’t pitched in almost two years at the big league level. I hope he returns to his old (’04-’06) self before getting hurt. Heck, he only made 5 starts before getting injured. He is set to make 10 Million next season in his last year of his contract. He has only pitched one season of a 3 Yr $33 Million contract. Their might be a little rust..

Not even one season. My bad.

Yeah, I mentioned earlier that both Westbrook and Wood need strong first halfs so we can deal them. If we don’t move Peralta, we’ll need him to have a strong first half, too, although his value will be pretty minor (unless he really tears it up in the first half, and when was the last time that happened?).
Everything I read when the trades came down indicated that Jess Todd has closer-like make up, but so far he’s been pretty unimpressive. I hold out hope, though, because I don’t have much faith in Joe Smith to be a set up man, which I think Chris Perez would be perfect for (and then Sipp from the other side).

canton guy: respect Masterson but the guy isn’t a starter. Ship him to the pen. Move Sowers into the four spot with Fausto in the three.

New post up at http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/ please come over and comment away. ;-)

Ted

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