4/26: Indians at Angels

By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com

Tonight’s 10:05 p.m. ET game at Angel Stadium is on STO and the Indians Radio Network.

cle.gifINDIANS (8-10):
SS Cabrera, CF Sizemore, RF Choo, DH Hafner, 1B Branyan, LF Kearns, 3B Peralta, 2B Valbuena, C Redmond. LHP David Huff (1-2, 3.00).




ana.gifANGELS (10-10):
SS Aybar, RF Abreu, CF Hunter, DH Matsui, 1B Morales, LF Rivera, 2B Kendrick, C Napoli, 3B Wood. RHP Jered Weaver (2-0, 2.77).





  • Here's the link to tonight's Beat section.
  • If you're watching tonight's game back east, you might not have to stay up quite as late as you think. Every game on this road trip thus far has been 2 hours, 46 minutes or less. That's what happens when you don't hit.
  • Speaking of not hitting, the Indians' four shutouts are tied with the Braves for the most in the Majors. By comparison, the Tribe didn't get shut out for the fourth time of the season until the 60th game of 2009.
  • The positive that Manny Acta harps on is the Indians have somehow eked out an 8-10 record, despite getting outscored 84-60, to date. When the Indians have hit, it's been timely, as 33 of their 60 runs have come with two outs. According to STATS LLC, that's the highest percentage (55 percent) of two-out runs scored in the AL.
  • Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Tribe pitching coach Tim Belcher were teammates on the Dodgers back in the day, and Scioscia had some nice things to say about Belcher. "Belch is a product of pitching deep into games and wanting to finish games, and that's the way he lived his whole career," Scioscia said. "But he also has a good understanding of what it takes to win a game, whether it means a different pitcher or a different look for later in the game. I think he can help pitchers get through a pitch count barrier and be more efficient with their pitches."
  • Tuesday's game will be broadcast on WMMS 100.7 because of WTAM's conflict with the Cavaliers' payoff schedule.
  • The good news about the defense? The Indians' 10 errors are tied for the third-fewest in the AL, with three of those errors coming from the pitching staff. The 26 double plays turned by the Tribe defense thus far are the most in the Majors.
  • The bad news? Despite the low error count, the Indians have allowed the most unearned runs (15) in the AL.
  • Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall is hot at Double-A Akron. He's hit in 10 straight games, going 16-for-42 (.381) with three doubles, three RBIs and five runs scored. He's batting .358 on the season. Veteran Brian Buscher is keeping third base warm for Chisenhall at the Triple-A level.
  • The other day, I told you Acta's policy on the use of "luck." He feels it doesn't apply to baseball, and he expounded upon that theory today. "You know what luck is?" he said. "Luck is when you don't play the lottery, you're walking down the street and find a lotto ticket on the ground, and it ends up winning. That's luck. If you don't study for a test, do you think you're going to pass it through luck?"
  • The Indians are having a one-day sale Friday.



during last night’s broadcast (prior to Tony Sipp inducing that double play) Jim Rosenhaus mentioned that our relievers had only allowed 3 of 32 inherited runners to score. Tops in the majors. That is one statistic that I can get excited about considering how we did last year in that department. Acta is right about being fortunate (not lucky) about being 8-11 considering how terrible our offense has been. The starting pitching will continue to be erratic throughout the year so I’m not going to get in a twist about it but our offense HAS to start helping the pitchers by getting some runs early. We don’t have a staff that should feel confident about winning a ballgame if they give up a run early.

I still think that eventually we’ll start hitting…right? We can’t be this bad for the long haul, right? I don’t even think we need everyone to get hot, we just need them to be around their averages. We could also use the vets to get the big hits when we got them ducks on the pond!

I hate the west coast trips, it almost feels like spring training again.

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