August 23, 2014

Indians 8, Royals 2: Where Irony Goes to Die

Do you remember last season, when TD would ask me to fill in and write a game recap for him from time to time?

It was fun, because the Indians were terrible, which allowed me to make bad jokes.  I made fun of Trevor Crowe’s Crazy Eyez ™.  I made fun of Jhonny Peralta’s “range.” I made fun of Dandy Marte’s….everything?

Well, the fun’s over, kiddos. This team is good, and they proved it again last night.  The Indians have now won 10 straight home games.* As Jordan Bastian pointed out, since 1901 the Indians have only had 13 home-winning streaks of 10 games or more.  You just witnessed one of them.

* I’m not sure if you’re familiar with this silly grammatical rule, but whenever you use a number that’s smaller than 10, you have to spell it out: “The Indians have won eight games in a row!”  But once it reaches 10?  You get to use numbers!  Suck it grammar! The Indians rock!

How’d they do it?  Ho-hum.  The first four runs were scored via solo shots from Choo, Santana, Dunc-A-Dunc and Sizemore.  The first two were back-to-back in the first inning.  Santana’s was hit to Pennsylvania.  Dunc’s was off a right hander.  Grady’s was on a swing off his back knee.  Turns out, this team can hit a little.  Whouda Thunk it?

And those four runs were more than enough cushion for the Fabulous Fausto, who kept the Royals scoreless through the first six innings.  He gave up back-to-back doubles in the seventh and let in two runs, but otherwise, the Indians pitching staff comported itself admirably: four strikeouts, two walks, and two earned runs after Sipp and Germano carved through the Royals in the 8th and 9th innings.

A quick word on Grady Sizemore, who now has four HR, eight doubles and a slugging percentage of around .900.  Three weeks ago I wrote that Grady Sizemore is our best hitter, but that it’s easy to forget how good he can really be considering the last two years of injuries.

He must not have liked that, because he’s reminding us every day: Grady Sizemore is really good when he’s healthy.  He’s like, maybe the best player in baseball.  Go back and look at 2006 and tell me I’m wrong.

The Indians start a three-game set against the Tigers tomorrow at 7PM.  Victor’s coming home. They are in first place by 4.5 games with a .667 winning percentage.  They have the best run-differential in baseball.  They have a 60% chance of making the playoffs.

Please.  Enjoy this.  It’s fun.  More fun that Dandy Marte jokes, even.  And that’s saying something.

Photo: Thomas Ondrey/Plain Dealer

  • Andrew

    It’s more an AP style rule than a grammatical one, I believe.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com Scott

    AP, APA, MLA…you name it.

    Unless it’s at the beginning of a sentence, then any number is written out.

  • Lyon

    love watching this team. Really hope Grady keeps this going, man is he fun to watch when he’s 100%

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/ Rick

    And please….GO TO A GAME!

    No more Monsters or Lady Gaga excuses…

  • Andrew

    I agree, this whole bunch of guys is a blast to watch. I wish more people would come out to the games. We’re starting to look like Rays fans not supporting a first place team.

  • Hamsterdam

    Which “silly grammatical rule” is responsible for the comma in this sentence:

    This team is good, and they proved it again last night.

  • Alex

    This attendance is getting depressing. Seems like people are just looking for a reason not to go to the games, yet I havent had this much fun at traibe games since the end of the ’07 season.

  • christopher

    @ Rick

    thank you so much for that post. i made the same comment the other day and got lit up for it.

    blame it on bad weather, school still in session…but to blame a lady gaga concert and a minor league hockey team game is PATHETIC.

    fear. the. tribe.

  • Garry Owen

    And yet, you kowtow to grammar (or style, whatever). So, who’s sucking it, sucker???

    Go grammar!!!! One game win streak on these here internets!

    (Can’t wait for the “your and idiot” comments to follow and end the win streak. Sigh.)

  • Lyon

    Haven’t been to a game yet this year, living in Toledo, but just got word I’m transferring to the Cleveland office, so plan on hitting up a bunch of Tribe games after work in the near future.

    Pretty pumped about that.

  • Matt S

    I’ll be back from school in about a month. I plan on semi-weekly Tribe game visits.

  • Max

    @ Garry- Irregardless, i fear you may be making a mute point. For all intensive purposes the internetz haz killed grammar

  • Harv 21

    Sixty percent chance of making the playoffs? Forget that. We just win 4 of 7 the rest of the way and we will run away with the division. Run. Away.

    Worry that bottle, Bosox.

  • Garry Owen

    @ Max: Best. Post. Ever. (That’s a quantifiable fact.)

  • Pat

    @ Max. Well played, sir. Well played, indeed.

  • mgbode

    watching the Tribe smash the Royals hopes and dreams while following the NFL draft online and the Browns getting a Ditka-deal from the Falcons.

    it was a good night.

  • Max

    @Garry- is there a statue of limitations on that?

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/ Rick

    @ Max- what would the statue of limitations look like? I say it is a bust of Romeo Crennel.

  • Garry Owen

    I think that statue has to be one of Charlie Frye. “Scrambling.”

  • Du

    @Rick – Sorry but I will be at the Iron & Wine concert tonight. That is my excuse.

  • GhostToMost

    I went into the season with the attitude of “anything we get out of Grady is a plus”. I honestly thought the mans best days were behind him, and if he was able to regain his old form, I never thought it would happen so quickly. Not only has Grady regained his old form, but he looks better than ever.

    Grady is going to be in the MVP discussion if he keeps it up. Why not us? We can win this division and be in the mix come October if we stay healthy.

  • Jason

    I wish I could be there and root for the tribe… and Victor!

  • mgbode

    @Ghost – totally agree.