6/30: Indians vs. Blue Jays

Tonight’s 7:05 p.m. ET game at Progressive Field is on WTAM and STO. I’ll be on the STO pregame show at 6:45 p.m.

Jason Donald is back after missing the last four games with an injured left wrist.

cle4.gifINDIANS (29-47):
CF Crowe, RF Choo, C Santana, DH Hafner, LF Kearns, 3B Peralta, 1B LaPorta, 2B Hernandez, SS Donald. LHP Aaron Laffey (0-2, 6.37).




tor3.gifBLUE JAYS (40-38):
LF Lewis, SS Gonzalez, RF Bautista, CF Wells, C Buck, 1B Overbay, DH Hill, 2B Green, 3B Hoffpauir. RHP Jesse Litsch (0-2, 8.78).


Anyone know the status of Cabrera? I’m too lazy to look. I’d really love to have him back on this team. I’m enjoying seeing the future of this team starting to form before our eyes and it’s a shame that Cabrera’s not out there for that (and Grady, too, of course, but I feel like I haven’t really seen him since 2008).
Was Laffey a fluke tonight? Or is he just finally adjusting to a) starting again and b) being in the majors again?
I appreciate these close games, if for no other reason than it gets Wood chances to look good to other teams and, when he’s due a day off, Perez preparation for his future.

I think they said about 4 weeks for Cabrera a short time ago. It would be nice to get Kearns out of the way too. Brantley’s been tearing it up in AAA, finally stealing some bases too. I’d still like to see them call up both Brantley and Brown, have Brantley at CF and Brown in left, with Crowe on the bench … Fangraphs had a piece on Carlos Santana the other day, about how awesome he’s been since the call-up: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/the-other-great-rookie/

I think Cabrera is due to start rehabbing a little after the All-Star break. However, Acta doesn’t want to rush him, to ensure that he is really ready when he returns.
One thing I’ve noticed this year with our pitching, is that they’re starting to use a lot more off-speed pitches, and change speeds. I know both Westbrook and Fausto have both started throwing more changeups than what I remember them throwing. Also, last night, Laffey really seemed to be taking something off his pitches. I think it was very effective against an aggressive-swinging team like Toronto, when he had his command. I seem to remember Fausto throwing a who lot of off-speed pitches when Santana first caught him. And, I don’t remember Laffey changing speeds a lot (even though he isn’t an overpowering pitcher by any stretch of the imagination) before this past start either. I wonder if it’s just the difference in the way Santana calls a game, or if it is something Belcher is preaching.

Great work! I like this post.

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