Thursday, June 12, 2008

Hey, They’ve Re-caught My Interest!

The Cleveland Indians have two starting pitchers and three starting position players on the disabled list (Fausto Carmona, Jake Westbrook, Travis Hafner, Josh Barfield, and Victor Martinez). So, on top of a lousy first third of the season, you would think that it would be time to fold up and hold a fire sale.
But wait a minute! These guys all of a sudden don’t look like they are ready to give up just yet. As a matter of fact, the injuries (which are unfortunate and certainly never wished on anyone) seem to be rejuvenating this team and given them the spark that has been missing since week 1.
Jamey Carroll absolutely came to play. He is just the pesky little hitter and slick fielder we need. Now that he will surely be afforded a starting role on a daily basis, we shall see what makes Carroll click.
Shin Soo Choo is leading the team in batting.
Ben Francisco is making the best of his opportunity upon being called up.
With Martinez down, Kelly Shoppach has all of a sudden turn up the heat.
Franklin Gutierrez and Ryan Garko have turned their seasons around as of late, so too have David Dellucci, Jhonny Peralta, and Casey Blake.
What needs to happen is that these players continue to play well and make it difficult for the regulars to get back into the line-up when they are healed. Their good play will also allow the injured players to heal and not come back prematurely.
The biggest hole in the team right now is the bullpen but even they are showing signs of putting it all back together.
So where are we at with our rocket to the pennant?
After tonight’s impressive win, we are right where we need to be with 31 wins on June 12!

9/28...90 wins
9/21...86 wins
9/14...83 wins
9/7.....78 wins
8/31...74 wins
8/24...71 wins
8/17...67 wins
8/10...63 wins
8/3.....59 wins
7/31...56 wins
7/27...54 wins
7/13...48 wins
7/6.....45 wins
6/30...41 wins
6/22...37 wins
6/15....33 wins

6/12....31 wins

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