I was very happy to welcome in @sportsyelling for the first time on the WFNY Podcast. She (yes, she) is a Tribe first sports fan, so we talked a lot about the Indians. We talked about Ubaldo Jimenez, the rotation, Chief Wahoo, and Ervin Santana. We also touched on the Browns and how the NFL has dominated the sports world to the point there’s really no “off-season.”
(Let me get it out of the way. If the Browns are indeed waiting on Denver Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase, then fine. I guess. But what happens when the 35-year old decides he doesn’t want the job? Then what?)
OK no more Browns talk. Let me get to the one team in town that actually has a chance to not only get the playoffs, but actually make a run. Yeah. I said it. Why not? Did any of you see 92 wins coming last year? Nope. I know I didn’t. But with Terry Francona at the helm, anything is possible.
Most people think the Indians are all set with their roster. There will be plenty of opportunities on this team to become members of both “The Goon Squad” and the bullpen. The starting rotation seems to be set with the top four guys with three in-house options along with a veteran lottery ticket attempting to be the final piece to the puzzle.
But is there a possibility that the Indians can pull off another late winter surprise?
Roughly 14 hours after losing a 2-1 heartbreaker where they had the bases loaded and nobody out in the ninth but failed to score, your Wahoo Warriors failed to get a single hit against Angels right-hander Ervin Santana. The no-no was the ninth in Angels history and its first since the Mark Langston/Mike Witt combo in April of 1990. It was the first no hitter in Jacobs/Progressive Field history and the first time the Tribe has been no hit since Jim Abbott’s gem for the Yankees in 1993. The Tribe pitchers on that day were Bob Milacki and Bill Wertz! Quite the tandem.
The first two games of this series, the Indians had to face the ace combo of Dan Haren and Jered Weaver. They managed a split with the chance to win the series with a win Wednesday afternoon, instead, a moribund offense hit rock bottom against a pitcher was entered 0-6 in his career against them. He picked the right time to be on. The Indians bats are officially asleep. Santana struck out 10, walked just one (Lonnie Chisenhall in the eighth). He was never really challenged on the day. It was getaway day and the Tribe took a lot of getaway day at bats, swinging early in the count and letting Santana get into a groove. I looked up in the seventh inning and he had only thrown 68 pitches. [Read more...]