April 20, 2014

Cliche Headline: Tribe Dunn In

I have to say heading into this three-game series in Chicago, I am conflicted. On one hand is my love for the Indians. Through thick and thin, no matter how negative I have become about them, I bleed Wahoo Red, White, and Blue. The Indians are my clear #1 even though I live in BrownsTown USA. Seeing them play spoiler is bittersweet, but at least I like to see them fight and scrap and play until the end with their best effort.

On the other hand is my deep hatred for the Detroit Tigers. They headed into last night trailing the White Sox by one game in the AL Central. Neither team has played well over the last three weeks and the White Sox have lost five in a row. The Tribe would most likely provide the perfect elixir for what was ailing them.

The Sox sent out lefty Chris Sale, their first round pick from 2010, the same year the Indians took Drew Pomeranz at #5. The Tribe has been unable to touch him in his two previous starts and with the way they have been swinging the bat, it seemed like this would be another ho-hum loss for our Wahoos. But that’s why they play the games. [Read more...]

White Sox 8 Indians 1: Just One Of Those Games

The old adage in baseball is momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher. The beauty of the game of baseball is the you can turn the page after a bad night. The season is a marathon, not a sprint. You can’t get too high or too low after one game.

Take last night for example.

The game between the Tribe and the Chicago White Sox was delayed by an hour thanks to a light rain storm. The umpires didnt want to start the game, get the pitchers all warmed up, and then have a delay. They would have been better off just calling the game for the Indians sake.

The White Sox abused Jeanmar Gomez during a six-run fourth inning which for all intents and purposes ended the game. Chicago would go on to take the final game of the series 8-1.

They got two in the first inning for the second straight night, this time thanks to an Adam Dunn homer. Interestingly in the last three games of the series, Dunn crushed a pitch in the first inning deep into the Cleveland skies. On Monday night, Michael Brantley reached up and stole a homer at the fence. An evening later, Brantley tracked the Dunn fly ball, but mis-timed his jump and watched as the ball bounced off of his glove for a double. Last night there was no catching that Dunn shot. [Read more...]

Behold, Masa’s Meatball

If you didn’t get a chance to see it, Adam Dunn’s walk-off home run from Saturday traveled a good distance.  Also, in case you were wondering where the pitch was located, I have good news. 

Courtesy of FJM, this screen grab of MLB.com’s Pitch f/x has the goods, and is definitely deserving of a little attention. 

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Tribe Bullpen: Cooked Well Dunn…Again

Reds 4, Indians 2 (box

Adam Dunn, AgainNot even 24 hours after I broke out recent bullpen numbers and mentioned that Adam Dunn walk-off home run from two years ago

Do you want to know what’s crazy?  That game, our left fielder was Todd Hollandsworth – who went 2-for-4 with a home run.  Sadly, we still haven’t figured out our corner outfield issues, but recent call-up Ben Francisco (.375/.395/.575) did his part and went 3-for-4 with a home run.  That game, Bob Wickman gave up a walk-off to Dunn, capping a huge comeback win. 

Today, Dunn did the walk-off job yet again – off of would-be closer Masa Kobayashi.

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