Monday, May 18

Oh boy

Well, let's see what I can salvage from this series. Hey the Indians made the history books this weekend, and not in a good way either. We are now the answer to the trivia question "What team did the Tampa Bay Rays defeat after being down seven runs to win 7-8, their biggest comeback ever?" On top of that, yesterday's first starting pitcher to bat in the AL since I was born also played against us and even got a hit. The hilarious part is the Indians still lost. So here's hoping our next series loss is just plain tragic and less Greek tragic.

Thursday's game one of this four-game series was started by Fausto Carmona, who pitched five innings of shutout ball then got rocked for five runs and only one out by the bottom of the sixth. Matt Herges followed that up with 1.2 innings, giving up one run himself. I've got two question before we get to the rest of the game. Has Herges yet made an appearance were he didn't allow all the inherited runners to score? And why do people point out that Wedge leaves our starters in too long? Look at this bullpen - you have to let your starters go as long as they can. This game was won by the offense who realized the only way we're going to win is if either Cliff Lee is pitching eight innings or they score 11 runs. Choo's two run home run and Cabrera's triple were the highlights. Tribe (14-22) win 11-7.

Game two of the series was the aforementioned comeback Rays win. The Tribe went up by seven early, thanks to Grady Sizemore's lead-off homer, making him the Indians' career leader in that category, and another Shin-Soo Choo home run. However, this is the Indians we're talking about. Even though Anthony Reyes was the starter and gave up five runs, I blame the bullpen 100% on this one. Tony Sipp goes 0.0, Jensen Lewis gives up a run, so does Rafael Betancourt, and newly added Luis Vizcaino is brought in to give up the walk off home run. Thanks for coming. Tribe (14-23) lose 7-8.

Game three is just a plain old Tribe loss. Pavano gave up three runs over five innings and Laffey pitched three innings of bullpen-saving one-run relief. However, the offense could only muster two runs off Rays starter Whogivesadamn. Their bullpen somehow held the Indians scoreless, which I wasn't sure was an option. Tribe (14-24) lose 2-4.

Game four the Indians showed that this losing stuff was getting to them. People got into fights, kind of. Rays manager Joe Maddon listed two third basemen on his lineup card, meaning that Evan Longoria had to start on the bench and pitcher Andy Sonnanstinte had to bat, but guess what? Sonnanstine hit a RBI double and now has a .333 average. Ben Francisco had two home runs, but David Huff, making his MLB debut, decided to post a 17.18 ERA. Tribe (14-25) lose 5-7.

Well what do you say to this series, really? After the Tribe won Thursday's game it marked only the second time this year this team has won two in a row. Going up by seven runs early Friday looked promising for win number three. The offense is not the problem here. The bullpen is amazingly bad. The starters aren't too bad. The really deflating loss was Friday's. You win that one and this series being a split might not look too bad. Well, on to a series in Kansas City.

Game 1: Cliff Lee, LHP (2-5, 3.00) vs. Brian Bannister, RHP (3-1, 1.80)
Game 2: Fausto Carmona, RHP (2-4, 5.70) vs. Gil Meche, RHP (2-4, 4.60)
Game 3: Anthony Reyes, RHP (1-1, 6.88) vs. Zack Greinke, RHP (7-1, 0.60)

Can the Indians win this series? No I don't think so. But let's pretend, shall we?

Go Tribe!
(AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

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