"Sometimes is seen a strange spot in the sky"
By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
Headed over to the Q to catch the Pearl Jam show tonight, and that has me pondering my Top Five PJ tunes:
5. “Glorified G”
3. “Hail Hail”
1. Has to be a tie between “Given to Fly” and “Party in the U.S.A.”
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIAE OF THE DAY…
- Today’s save was Chris Perez’s first this season against a team other than the White Sox. And it could be his last for a little while, as Manny Acta announced postgame that Kerry Wood is officially ready to resume the closing duties Tuesday in Kansas City. Wood blew a tie game in the seventh inning Saturday and only faced one batter Sunday. But Acta wanted to see him pitch on consecutive days (something Wood didn’t do in Spring Training or on his rehab assignment) before targeting him for the ninth inning.
- We might start to see Mark Grudzielanek steal playing time away from the struggling Luis Valbuena, who has looked lost at the plate all season and lost in the field the past week (four errors in three games at shortstop). The Indians don’t appear ready to pull the trigger on a move bringing up Jason Donald, but Valbuena, who was on the bench today, has clearly been overmatched. Grudzielanek saw increased playing time the past week with Asdrubal Cabrera on the pine, and he had a three-hit game today. He’s batting .326 (15-for-46) with seven RBIs over his last 12 games.
- Lou Marson came through with his first RBI of the season today. Sure, it was an infield single to third, but it’s progress, all the same. That was just the fourth RBI out of the catching spot for the Tribe this year.
- The 7-9 spots of the lineup were a combined 5-for-10 with six RBIs today.
- The Indians are 9-4 when scoring four or more runs and 9-2 when scoring five or more.
- As one Twitterer pointed out to me, the Tribe is 6-2 with Andy Marte in the lineup and 5-16 with him on the bench. I have no idea what this means.
- But I do know that Marte now has a pair of three-RBIs games to Jhonny Peralta’s zero. Peralta has 10 RBIs in 109 plate appearances, whereas Marte has seven RBIs in 32 plate appearances.
- Travis Hafner appears to be coming back to life. He has reached base safely in 12 of his last 17 plate appearances and is batting .583 (7-for-12) with a homer and two RBIs in his last four games. He also hit that three-run homer that didn’t count, Friday night against the Tigers.
- Grady Sizemore also hit a homer in that game that didn’t count, and he’s now batting .213 with a .583 OPS on the season. It’s reasonable to wonder if he might benefit from moving down from the No. 2 spot of the lineup (not that there is a long list of candidates to replace him). “We need to get our guy going,” Acta said, referring to Sizemore. Lefties are punishing Sizemore to the tune of a .116 (5-for-43) average against.
- Back to the bullpen, we’re seeing more and more prominent opportunities for Tony Sipp, who has rebounded from a rough spring and a rough start to hold the opposition to no earned runs over his last nine appearances. In those nine innings, he’s struck out nine, walked four and allowed three hits. Acta listed Perez and Sipp as his primary setup men, now that Wood is back.
- Promising lefty Kelvin De La Cruz has been promoted to Double-A Akron. He was 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA in six starts for Kinston.
- How about our old buddy Jody Gerut hitting for the cycle?
- On the off chance you haven’t seen it already, this is a Bruce Drennan rant of epic proportions.