The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

Too little, too late

Posted by disappointmentzone on 19 July 2006

The Indians lost again early this morning (game finished after 1am EST) to bring their win total in the last five games to zero. Good times. The score was a slightly respectable 7-5, albeit the score is entirely misleading. Three of those five runs were scored with two outs in the top of the ninth after hitting five straight singles off of RP Kevin Gregg. If only the Angels hadn’t brought in Francisco Rodriguez to record the final out for his 23rd save the Indians may have tied the game. Maybe.

As it was the Angels beat the Indians with another pitcher making his MLB debut. Joe Saunders pitched seven innings, gave up one earned run, made the Indians look funny with five strikeouts while conceding only four hits, and generally pitched unlike a rookie. Meanwhile Clif Lee was his regular self, which is to say that he pitched very well except for the inning he gave up five runs. Raise your hand if Lee giving up five runs in the fourth inning surprised you. That’s right. You were expecting it to happen in the sixth inning. I was surprised, too.

Today’s game starts at 3:30 EST but the starting pitching match-up doesn’t bode well for an Indians victory. John Lacky is pitching for the LAAOA. He hasn’t given up a run in 27 innings. He’s won his past four starts, has a sub 2.70 ERA, has struck out 107 batters against 40 walks, and has a 2.22 ERA against the Indians in his lifetime. The Indians are sending out Paul Byrd, who last season played for the Angels. In the offseason he signed a very reasonable contract with the Indians presumably on the promise of playing for a very good baseball team. It sure does seem like a long time ago when the Indians were a 93-win team on the cusp of making the playoffs, but that was all fresh in Byrd’s mind when he signed in the winter. Oops. We are the sixth worst team in baseball by record.

But that’s all going to change now that Eric Wedge’s mustache is back. Said Wedge: “I’m just looking to change things up; change things around.”

Where’s Andy Marte?

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