And now entering from the bullpen, your losing pitcher
Posted by disappointmentzone on 5 August 2006
The bullpen—Rafael Betancourt and Fernando Cabrera in particular–pitches 1.2 innings, gives up three runs, including a two-out, two-run, go-ahead, game-winning homer to the mighty Craig Monroe, and the Indians lose–surprise!–to the Tigers after leading for the first seven innings.
Shin-Soo Choo continued to play like an All-Star, going 2-4 with two doubles, two RBI, and a run scored. Travis Hafner hit his third home run in as many nights. Victor Martinez continued his hot streak, going 3-4 with a walk and a RBI. And Andy Marte picked up his first two hits as an Indian, including a two-out RBI single. So that was nice.
The rest? Not so much. But at this point is anyone surprised? There was a lot of talk during the Boston series about how when David Ortiz comes to bat in the bottom of the ninth Red Sox fans now except he’ll get a hit. Bill Simmons just wrote a column about how clutch Ortiz is, inspired by Ortiz’s walk-off home run against the Indians this week. Some players just have it. Mariano Rivera is the same way (or was a few years ago). Every time he comes into a game it’s over. He’s practically automatic.
Well, the Indians’ bullpen is like a reverse closer. We’ve now reached a point where I expect the bullpen to implode whenever those outfield gates are opened. It’s all quite depressing.