I was playing MLB 2K11 the other day, and I really feel like I pitch better with Mitch Talbot than Fausto Carmona. I hope Fausto pitches tonight as well as Talbot did last night. Eight in a row!
- Like I just said, Talbot pitched a gem. 8 IP, 5 Ks, 2 BBs, and obviously no runs. It’s too bad he couldn’t go for the complete game.
- You have to give it up to Asdrubal Cabrera. Just hours after being named Co-AL Player of the Week, he goes yard to deep center on the eighth pitch of the game. He’s tied for second in the league in HRs (4), and is in the top five in RBI (10).
- What should the Tribe do when Grady Sizemore is healthy here in a few games? You can’t tinker with the top of the lineup, right? Just ease him in. Brantley looks pretty good in the leadoff spot, and you definitely can’t mess with Cabrera.
- The amazing thing about this fast start and scoring? They’re doing it without Grady, a slumping Carlos Santana, and an uber slumping Shin-Soo Choo.
- I loved seeing Matt LaPorta going long for a three run, opposite field shot. Hopefully this dude starts to get it, because the Tribe really can’t afford to swing and miss with the C.C. Sabathia trade.
- Tim Mcclelland, the home plate umpire, was very irritating last night. That delayed called third strike signature move of his needs to go. When Jack Hannahan struck out early in the game, it seemed like he was halfway to first before he found out he K’d rather than walked.
- Sure he was just 1-4 yesterday, but Orlando Cabrera was a nice little pickup by GM Chris Antoinetti. He leads the team with a .361 average and has played some good defense. It’s the understatement of the decade to call him an upgrade over Luis Valbuena.
Tonight is a battle of the aces, with Fausto Carmona going up against Anaheim’s Dan Haren. Here’s hoping we don’t see Opening Day Carmona, but the one with the wickedddd slydahhhhhh.