The Cleveland Indians have some interesting trade pieces in the off-season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Wednesday 24 October 2007 at 5:27 pm

With the emergence of lefty Aaron Laffey in the starting rotation late in the season it will be interesting to see if the Tribe is willing to move Cliff Lee or Jeremy Sowers. Cliff Lee rubbed the Indians the wrong way this season as he tipped his cap to fans after a pathetic performance that earned him a 1-way ticket to Buffalo. Still, he doesn’t make a ton of money and he’s still young so the Tribe will likely be able to find him a home. Lee has pitched in 129 games (125 starts) in his career and he is 54-36 with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Jeremy Sowers can’t throw hard enough to dent a couch and that’s allright if you have the moxie of Tom Glavine, Jamie Moyer or David Wells…..but Sowers doesn’t. He has started 27 games in his career and he has two complete game shutouts already which completely baffles me. He is now 8-10 with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in his career. Look for someone to be willing to trade for Sowers as he had big-time success in the minors.

Boston Red Sox 11, Cleveland Indians 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Tuesday 23 October 2007 at 11:49 pm

The Indians were in this game until late as the Red Sox only had a 3-2 lead heading into the 7th inning. Jake Westbrook somehow survived the first 6 innings as he allowed 9 hits, 3 earned runs, walked 1 batter and whiffed 5 (he was the losing pitcher). Rafael Betancourt had his worst game of the season at the worst possible time. He worked 1.2 innings and he allowed 5 hits, 6 earned runs, walked 1 batter and whiffed 1 batter. Jensen Lewis followed Betancourt and he worked 1/3 of an inning and he allowed 1 hit (a Youkilis homer), 1 earned run and whiffed 1 batter.

Franklin Gutierrez and Casey Blake each went 2 for 4 in this game. Grady Sizemore was 1 for 3 with an RBI in the Indians last game of the season as the Red Sox won this series 4-3.

Boston Red Sox 12, Cleveland Indians 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Tuesday 23 October 2007 at 11:44 pm

The Indians were down 10-1 after the first three innings of this baseball game and they had no chance to recover. Fausto Carmona was awful as he earned the loss by pitching the first two innings and allowing 6 hits, 7 earned runs, walking 4 batters and whiffing 2. Rafael Perez was also pathetic as he followed Carmona working 1/3 of an inning and allowing 3 hits, 2 earned runs and walking a batter. Rookie lefty Aaron Laffey was very impressive on Saturday Night as he worked 4.2 innings and allowed 1 hit, 0 earned runs, walked 1 batter and whiffed 3. Joe Borowski pitched a horrible 8th inning as he allowed 3 hits, 2 earned runs and walked 2 batters.

Victor Martinez had a solid game with the bat as he was 2 for 4 with a solo homer which took him a long, long time to get around the bases. Trot Nixon also had a solid game against his old buddies by going 2 for 3. The rest of the Indians were only 2 for 25. This loss evened up the series at 3-3.

Boston Red Sox 7, Cleveland Indians 1

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Tuesday 23 October 2007 at 11:37 pm

The Cleveland Indians had a rough time on Thursday Night with Josh Beckett again. Only Grady Sizemore had a good game with the bat as he was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. The rest of the Indians were a weak 6 for 29 against the Red Sox.

C.C. Sabathia had another bad game as he worked 6 innings and he allowed 10 hits, 4 earned runs, walked 2 batters and whiffed 6 in a losing effort. Rafael Betancourt worked a scoreless 7th inning. Rafael Perez and Tom Mastny did their best to make sure the Tribe couldn’t make a comeback. They worked a combined 2 innings and they allowed 2 hits, 1 earned run, walked 3 batters and whiffed 1. The Indians were still up 3-2 heading to Boston.

Cleveland Indians 4, Boston Red Sox 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Tuesday 16 October 2007 at 10:41 am
The Indians won this game because of outstanding pitching and clutch hitting.  Jake Westbrook had his stuff sinking and he was handcuffing the Red Sox all night long.  He was the winning pitcher by working 6.2 innings and allowing 7 hits, 2 earned runs, walking 3 batters and whiffing 2.  Jensen Lewis and Rafael Betancourt worked 1.1 scoreless innings and they allowed 0 runs while whiffing 2.  Joe Borowski worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save and preserve a win.

Kenny Lofton had the key hit in this game as he jacked a homer in the 2 inning off of Daisuke Matsuzaka.  Lofton was 1 for 3 with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs.  Asdrubal Cabrera also was clutch as he was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI.  The Indians are now up 2-1 in this series.

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=271015105&date=20071015

 

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