6/22: Indians at Phillies

Tonight’s 7:05 p.m. ET game at Citizens Bank Park will be broadcast on WTAM and STO.

Manager Manny Acta will announce after tonight’s game who is taking David Huff’s rotation spot on Friday. It will be either left-hander Aaron Laffey or right-hander Carlos Carrasco. The Indians wanted to inform the player before announcing the decision to reporters.

cle5.gifINDIANS (26-42):
CF Crowe, RF Choo, C Santana, LF Kearns, 3B Peralta, 1B Branyan, SS Hernandez, 2B Donald, RHP Mitch Talbot (7-5, 4.21).




phi1.gifPHILLIES (35-32):
SS Rollins, 3B Polanco, 2B Utley, 1B Howard, RF Werth, LF Ibanez, CF Victorino, C Schneider, LHP Jamie Moyer (7-6, 4.76).


I cannot say that I’m happy nor surprised about Laffey getting the start on Friday. I don’t think he has done anything in Columbus to deserve it but Carrasco’s inconsistencies must have come into play I suppose. Personally, I think this move was made to give Aaron a shot in the arm after getting moved around for more than a year. His performance has been subpar but his tenure probably played more of a role in this decision than Shapiro would indicate to the media.

From now until the end of July we will all be speculating as to who will be on this roster as of August 1. IF Westbrook gets dealt then we would assume (at this moment) that Carrasco would replace him. Pure speculation though but the most logical choice. I think there are those of us that would like to see Tomlin get a shot sometime this season if he continues to progress given his performance this year. As for who Laffey would replace, while Sipp has been abysmal lately I do not like the idea of only have one LHP in the bullpen… and it being Raffy Perez at that.

The honeymoon is over for Austin Kearns

If Peralta cannot be traded and it is clear we won’t pick up his $7M option I have to ask, at what point in the season do we stick him on the bench? Maybe early Spetember?

We need to come up with a nickname for Santana. Went to the Phillies game last night and it just felt awkward shouting “Let’s Go Carlos!” He needs a shorter nickname. Like a one syllable thing. I propose Axe, since he’s shares his name with one of the sickest guitarists of all time. Get it. He’s an axe man…..

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