Going into the Marlins’ series, knowing that the Tribe would throw Carmona, Lee, and Stanford…how many of those games, and which ones, did you think they would win?
Worked out just like you thought? Yeah, me too.
With the Tribe heading back to the Jake from sunny FLA, after taking 2 of 3 from the Fish, to continue Interleague play, let’s watch the air fill with Tomahawks:
If someone had told you that Casey Blake was hitting 3rd for the Indians on June 14th, would you have:
A) asked how severe the injuries were to The Stick and RePronkulous?
B) thought that the Tribe would be sitting in last place and the fire sale had begun?
C) imagined that the world was playing a horrible joke on the Indians?
D) wondered all of the above?
Obviously, D. Until I remember that he’s sporting one of the better beards in recent memory (even if Casey’s #1 fan, the DiaBride, does not like the man growth), then it’s makes perfect sense.
All bearded men are successful, right?
One can only hope that Casey shaves it into a Tom Selleck mustache for a week before his eventual return to the clean-shaven look.
Great piece by SI’s John Donovan on our ol’ Crooked Cap.
Throw Jason Stanford in the mix and we’re looking at 3 potential aces!
As many of the faithful readers know, for some reason, I have an almost unnatural interest in players’ introduction songs.
Ryan Garko – “This is Why I’m Hot”
This song is, apparently, by someone named Mims and I was completely unaware of its existence. In the same vein of Grady coming to the plate with Pink Floyd singing “I need a dirty woman”, it is a great refrain to come into.
Trot Nixon – “I Walk the Line”
I’m not linking this because, frankly, if you can’t think of this song off of the top of your head…stop reading right now and go do a Google and Wikipedia search of the song and of Johnny Cash and spend a solid 30 minutes reading about the Man in Black. If you’re familiar with the song already, you know what a cool guitar riff it is to stride to the plate with.
Actually, for the Trotter, the line seems to be heading in the wrong direction. When a player’s OPS drops from .894 to .671 with 0 HR and 8 RBI over 29 games and 112 plate appearances, you’ve gone past prolonged slump and moved onto full-blown regression. Unfortunately, that’s the case for Nixon, who has 6 extra base hits in that stretch. SIX…and they’re all 2B!
It’s possible that it’s a product of Nixon’s bad back giving him trouble or it could simply be the writing on the wall that Nixon’s best days are behind him.
Consider his OPS in the past 5 years:
2003 - .975
2004 - .887
2005 - .804
2006 - .767
2007 - .671
That is what is referred to as trending in the wrong direction.
It may be time for the Indians to give Trot a rest and relegate him to the position of the 5th OF (!) and LH bat off of the bench.
In his spot, the Tribe could give Franklin Gutierrez an extended look to see what they have in the young OF before his options run out at the end of the year. It’s time to find out if Frank the Tank is a legitimate option for RF going forward or if his ability to play in CF is a commodity that another team values enough to part with some bullpen help this year.
Gutz’s swing looks shorter and his arm fits in RF and, while I’m still not a huge fan of the Tank, this is as good a time as any to put him at the bottom of the lineup and see if he fits into the Indians plans for the future.
Is it a coincidence that Gutierrez got a start in CF (while leading off) against the Marlins, who were reported to be interested in Franky this past off-season?
After watching the Fish trot out Reggie Abercrombie and Alfredo Amezaga to patrol CF and bat leadoff this series, methinks not.
YOUR 1st place Tribe (2 games up) heads home for another rematch of their two 1990’s World Series appearances.
They don’t have Maddux or Glavine anymore, right?