4/21: Indians at Twins

By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com

Here are the lineups for tonight’s 8:10 p.m. ET game at Target Field. I’ll be on the SportsTime Ohio pregame show, if you wish to tune in.

Russell Branyan, still being eased into action and limited to no more than four games per week, is out of tonight’s lineup.

cle8.gifINDIANS (6-7):
SS Cabrera, CF Sizemore, RF Choo, LF Kearns, DH Hafner, 2B Grudzielanek, 3B Peralta, 1B LaPorta, C Redmond. LHP David Huff (1-1, 1.80).




min3.gifTWINS (10-4):
CF Span, 2B Hudson, C Mauer, 1B Morneau, RF Cuddyer, DH Kubel, LF Young, SS Hardy, 3B Harris. LHP Francisco Liriano (1-0, 2.08).





  • Manny Acta has said that in an ideal situation, Peralta would be his cleanup hitter against left-handed pitchers. But Peralta’s not holding up his end of the bargain. He’s batting .122 with a .504 OPS for the season and is 1-for-12 against lefties. Tonight, Acta is going with Kearns in the No. 4 spot against Liriano, by virtue of his 2-for-6 showing against lefties thus far. (That qualifies as an MVP-type of showing for this club right now.)
  • As a team, the Indians are batting .187 (25-for-134) against left-handers. The main offenders, in terms of lineup prominence, are Peralta (.434 OPS), Sizemore (1-for-18, .206 OPS) and Hafner (4-for-20, .438 OPS).
  • While we’re on the subject of offensive offensive numbers, the Indians are batting .186 (16-for-86) with runners in scoring position, striking out in 23 of those 86 (or 26.7 percent) at-bats. That’s a big reason why the Indians are 13th in the AL with just 46 runs in 13 games (3.54 runs per game).
  • And it bears repeating. Choo has either driven in or scored 48 percent of the Indians’ runs this season. He’s also responsible for 20 percent of their total bases. Choo can do a lot, but he can’t do it all by himself.
  • Top prospect Carlos Santana fouled a ball off his left knee and had to come out of a game against Louisville earlier today. He is listed as day to day with a knee bruise. It is not considered serious.
  • Target Field is getting rave reviews from everybody on the Indians. Acta did point out one problem, however – the proximity of the on-deck circle (and, for that matter, the dugouts) to the plate. “It’s very close and could be dangerous,” Acta said. What concerns Acta is the possibility of a Juan Encarnacion type of situation. Encarnacion was the Cardinals outfielder who was struck in the eye by a foul ball in 2007 and never played another game.
  • Justin Masterson still hasn’t mastered that changeup that the Indians deem pivotal to his success against left-handers. He threw one to Morneau last night that was about five feet (give or take a few feet) over the head of Lou Marson. Acta still thinks Masterson has the ability to be an effective starter at this level. “He’s a work in progress,” Acta said. “It’s only been three outings so far … He’s got such good stuff. If he puts it all together, he’ll be a dependable guy.”
  • On the dry-erase board outside the visitors’ clubhouse at Target Field before Wednesday’s game, someone had written, “Win one for Red Dog aka ‘The Mayor.'” It was a reference to Redmond, who is highly popular in these parts.
  • Don’t forget, tomorrow’s 1:10 p.m. ET game is on MLB Network.
  • On the off chance you haven’t seen the Fordham Flip yet, check it out.



Wow. Steve Buffum was right on with his lineup suggestions for tonight:
The B-List 4/20

“Modest suggestion: move Kearns up to cleanup. Let LaPorta play first. Put Grudzielanek at second. Drop Hafner to 5th. Drop Peralta to six-hundred-thirty-eighth. (Okay, 7th.) If you have to play Branyan, let LaPorta DH and sit Hafner.”

Manny must read TheClevelandFan.com

I can see AC in the press box from my seats on the 3rd base line! Crazy

This is was just a horrible match-up for the Tribe. There was just no way we were going to keep getting the starting performances that we did to get us to .500.
Our offense is so bad across the board. It’s kind of unreal.

So who’s spot is Wood going to take? Wright? Sipp?

I don’t think Sipp deserves to lose his spot but I dont know who else. Any chance Marte is gone and we carry 8 in the pen? I would like to see Marte stick a little longer though.

First off, this Twins team is the real deal. I have to hand it to them, they were hitting the pitchers good pitches and doing something with them both nights so far.

Secondly, don’t play Redmond any more. The poor guy is gonna get killed back there if the beginning of the season is any indicator.

Lastly, I think we might be seeing the real Tribe offense now. Sure, many will hit a little better, but frankly it’s like the Cavs team with Lebron holding the ball at the top of the key. Everyone is standing there waiting for him to do something to help us win. The problem with the Tribe right now is that there is no Lebron on this team. Choo isn’t there yet, Hafner isn’t going to be there any more, Sizemore might get back there, and the rest are good players who can put up 10-15 pts a game, but will never be the game changer. Maybe Wedge was right, we need a 1-9 approach. Right now we have a 0-0 approach and it’s showing.

Believe it or not, I have faith in Grady to get going again. I suppose I’m willing to believe that he needs more major league games to get back up to speed from last year.
Hafner…I just don’t know.
But it’s not like just one guy is going to turn this team around. Their problems are throughout the line-up — I just don’t know how it’s fixed. Still, I guess it’s only been 14 games — not even 1/10th of the season yet.
And norwalkemo, I agree. I picked the Twins to win the division this year, and if Liriano can keep this up they could very well be dangerous in the post-season.
It’ll be interesting to see what the line-up looks like come mid-season.

LACF – I think we mostly agree on most topics. I’m with you on Sizemore. I think he looks to be timid while he’s up at the plate, and I think in the field it’s mostly instincts kicking in. I don’t blame him a bit, it’s hard to get over that first surgery and get back feeling right. It may be mid season before he feels back to normal mentally and physically.

I also agree that it’s too early. I agree with the “experts” about knowing a lot more at the 40 game mark. It’ll be interesting to see what changes the team makes. Barring injuries, I’d think that may be the time Marson is shipped down for Santana.

Overall we’re not a 1 man team, but at the same time 1 man can make a difference. I still think the team needs an emotional leader. Someone that can talk and walk the walk. I don’t see anyone on this roster filling that role.

Here’s to a good game by Talbot, and hopefully a few hitters getting us some quality hits today and scoring a few runs. Go Tribe!

I have to think that some of the hitters will kick it into gear, but in the meantime this team is just painful to watch. And I’m sure the moment they do start hitting is the moment the pitchers start getting killed. Grady has looked really bad since he came back from the back problem, pitchers are just throwing him strike after strike until they get 0-2 or 1-2 and he isn’t doing anything with these pitches. Laporta, I don’t know about, he hasn’t looked any better than Marte did a few years ago, but he was decent last year in August and Sept. Where’s the power from both of those guys? 0 HRs this far into the season is ridiculous. And the BB/K rate is ridiculously bad across the board, Cabrera 2 walks and 10 Ks, Sizemore 3 and 15!!. It’s pretty sad when Kearns has been the team’s most consistent hitter. I don’t get it, so far you’d think that this team had traded away all of their top hitters, and not their top pitchers, when the only significant position player they traded is a catcher who’s hitting .250 and has thrown out 1 out of 24 base stealers for Boston.

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