Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Is it working?

On Saturday, I wrote about Memorial Day being the one third pole for Major League Baseball, and so far, the Indians have responded. They have won 3 of 4 games since that day. Unfortunately, they only took the middle game of three in Cincinnati, but the Reds come to Cleveland in June, so maybe we can pay them back during that series. However, the Indians have taken the first two games of the four games series against the Rays. Monday night, I have to admit that I did not hear the final innings of the game on the account that I had to be up early on Tuesday for work, but the Indians came back in the ninth inning to score seven runs to win in dramatic fashion, 11 to 10. Ryan Garko hit two home runs and had five RBI, and Victor Martinez had the game winning two run single. Wow! Then last night, Carl Pavano pitched, what could possibly be his best game yet, and won his fifth game as the Tribe won 5 to 1. The Indians hit four home runs in the game, and showed signs of life all over the field. Tonight, the Indians go for their third win in a row as Zach Jackson is called up from AAA Columbus to go against the Rays at 7:05. Hopefully the Indians continue their hot streak!

I just visited one of my favorite stores, Barnes and Noble in Mansfield, and they had three football previews on their shelves, two professional and one collegiate. In the pro football issues, the writers have the Steelers as the second best team in the AFC behind the Patriots. What? Tom Brady is coming off injury, and sure they are stacked, as usual at all positions, but the Steelers are the defending champions. Right now, I am not very happy about those predictions, but last year, many magazines did not even the Steelers going to the playoffs let alone the Super Bowl. In the college football preview, the writers have Ohio State fifth in the preseason. The Buckeyes open on September 5th against the Naval Academy and the next week, the USC Trojans visit Columbus for a rematch. Hopefully this year, the Buckeyes give them more of a game than they did last year. One awesome stat that I read in the magazine...7 and 1...what is Jim Tressel's record against the Team from up North in his career at OSU! Read it and weap Michigan fans, and this year will be no different. Until next time...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Here we are at the one third pole

On Monday, while our country celebrates Memorial Day with parades, picnics, and other fun activities, the Major League Baseball unofficially hits the one third pole of the season. On Thursday, I was riding on an emotional high because the Indians had just beaten the Royals for the second straight game, and that was crucial because of the Royals being ahead of us in the standings, but then last night in Cincinnati, they found a new way to lose. First of all, Anthony Reyes gave up six walks, but the Reds were only able to get one run, but then Reyes left the game with an injury. However, the Indians could not muster much of an offense against Bronson Arroyo, and he only gave up a solo shot by Grady in the first. Then in the eighth, the Indians lost Aaron Laffey to an injury. Two pitchers hurt in the same game! And before getting hurt, Laffey lost the game on a double by the Reds Adam Rosales, who come into the at bat on a 0 for 14 slump. I am not giving up on the Indians, but if they hope to contend this year, they have to find a way to start winning some of these close games. The weekend series with the Reds continues tonight and tomorrow, and then Monday the Rays visit Cleveland and then next weekend, the Yankees come to town. Go Tribe!

One reason I had started this blog was because I had been reading many a blog by others who write about the hobby of collecting baseball cards. I have met many new friends in the virtual world who collect cards, and I have completed a couple of really awesome trades with two of them already. Plus one really cool guy, who is an Indians fan in Arkansas, sit about 1200 cards of the Indians my way plus about another 400 of the Expos as I am starting to collect cards of that team too. I have many other trades in line to make once my budget allows for it, but if you are interested in collecting cards, let me know, and maybe we can make some trades. Until the next time, have a safe and happy holiday weekend! And don't forget the real reason why we celebrate the Memorial Day holiday! My prayers are with all the soldiers, whether you are overseas or stateside, you are thanked by this true American!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Now this....

Last night, the Indians gave us a new reason to be disappointed in the 2009 season so far. Cliff Lee pitched a magical eight innings, and the Tribe led going to the bottom of the ninth, only to have Kerry Wood give up the winning runs. Yes I know just a few entries ago, I was singing the praises of Kerry Wood, but I want to know why didn't Eric Wedge keep Cliff Lee in the game? We are fast approaching Memorial Day, and the Indians are no where near cracking 20 wins. Are we in for a long season with our beloved Indians? The more the season wears on, I would say so. I am not down on the entire team though. Some players, namely Victor Martinez and Grady Sizemore, have showed up to play every game this year. I know I am constantly singing their praises, but look at the seasons they are having. All Star caliber in my opinion. And besides Victor is hitting right around .400, and he is a part time catcher who plays first base and will DH for you. I am not giving up on the Indians, but I would love to see them hold some leads late in games and win these close ones especially when they are playing in the division.

Til the next time....

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Is this the week of hope?

Is this the week the Indians finally turn around the season and get back to their winning ways? So far, it appears to be a promising week with only a few letdowns. Even though the Tribe lost to Tampa Bay 8 to 7 on a walk off home run by B. J. Upton last night, they are still 3 and 2 for the week. That may not be much, but I am happy to see some improvements out of the guys. The starting pitching got a couple of good games this week when Cliff Lee shut down the White Sox on Wednesday and then Fausto held the Rays in check for most of the night on Thursday. The offense is still playing lights out most of the nights. I loved Thursday night's game when Cabrera, Martinez and Choo combined to go 12 for 15 with 9 RBI. Victor hit a little slid last night but should be right around .400 going into today's game. Also last night, Grady and Choo hit home runs. Congrats to Grady on leading off a game for the team record 19th time last night. He broke the record previously held by Kenny Lofton. The one area that needs improvement for the Tribe is the bullpen but even that is showing signs of hope. After this series in Tampa, the Tribe travels to Kansas City and Cincinnati before they head home. A nice little 10 games in 11 days road trip in May for the guys. Don't count us out yet!

I know some out there may not think horse racing is a sport, but I am excited to watch the Preakness Stakes today. For one, the long shot, Mine That Bird, that won the Kentucky Derby is in the field, but also the super filly, Rachel Alexanderia. However, my choice is Pioneerof the Nile with General Quarters in second and the Rachel Alexanderia in third. Let us see how I do!

Can you believe that Memorial Day is just over a week away? The summer is almost here, and I am so excited! But keep that in mind with the sports seasons. Baseball will be at their third of the way pole, and NFL camps will be opening in two months, and the NBA and NHL will be starting their finals in about a week or two. What a great time of the year! Til the next time!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

One game winning streak!

The Indians are currently riding a one game winning streak! Yeah! I know I should not get too overly excited about this, but it is the Indians of 2009 that we are speaking of right now. Last night, the Tribe beat the White Sox 9 to 4 behind the pitching of Carl Pavano. who picked up his third win on the season. He has been one of the few bright spots in the pitching department this year, and I would gladly to see Pavano win 15 games for the Tribe this year. Shin Soo-Choo and Mark DeRosa had good games for the Tribe too in the win. Tonight the Indians look to continue their recent winning ways as they continue the series with Chicago and Jeremy Sowers takes the hill for Cleveland.

Congrats to the Cleveland Cavs on making it to the Eastern Conference Finals! They just steamrolled Atlanta in the semi finals and now sit back and wait for the winner of the Boston- Orlando series, which is currently tied up at two games a piece. And a late Congratulations to Lebron James for being named the MVP of the NBA last week. Til the next time...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What more can I possibly say?

The Indians continue their early season disappointment for me after blowing a 6 to 3 lead yestereday by giving up seven runs in the seventh to the Jays to come out the losing end 10 to 6. What more can I possibly say other than that I am disappointed in the Tribe. For the most part, it is only the relief pitching that is a major disappointment this year. The starting pitching is starting to take shape, and the offense can play with the best of them, but get to the late innings, and watch out! I do have to say that I am glad that we have Kerry Wood, but he cannot get any saves unless the ones that come before him do their job. I am sure hoping that something can get the Indians going again, and just maybe it can start tonight when the road trip continues in Boston. Carl Pavano, please try to get at least eight strong innings, and offense score enough that we won't need our bullpen except possibly maybe Kerry Wood.

I don't have much else to say right now. Since I have some time to kill, I am going to the mall to look for a Mother's Day card for my mom. Hopefully she received the birthday card in the mail today from my wife and I. Her birthday is tomorrow, but I wanted her to get it early. Happy Birthday Mom!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Up and down week

I cannot believe it has been a week since I last posted here on my blog, but with work and time at home with my wife, I just didn't get around to blogging this week. I do apologize, but I am sure each of you would say the same thing if it was your life too. Anyway, it has also been an up and down week for the Cleveland Indians. They did not end the much anticipated nine game homestand very well as they lost two of three to the Red Sox. And both of those games, they should have won. I am not going to digress too much on the losses, but in order to be contenders, the Indians must beat the contending teams such as Boston. This weekend, the Tribe is in Detroit, and won by the hair on their chin last night, although it should never have been as close as the final score indicates. Carl Pavano pitched the best game in forever by giving up only three hits in seven innings, but once again, the bullpen gave up five runs. However, Kerry Wood came in the ninth to slam the door on his fourth save of the year. The offense was led by David Delluci, in his first game of the season he had four hits, and Jhonny Peralta, who clubbed his first home run of the season, and the Indians won 6 to 5. The two teams meet again this afternoon and then Sunday.

Two bright signs for the Indians early on this season are the hitting of Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez. Grady is leading the team with 19 RBI and also does it on defense. I know some of you may be asking why I speak so much of Grady, but if you don't get to see him play on a daily basis, you are missing out. He is all out kind of guy and has all the tools. In my humble opinion, I believe Grady is the best offensive player in the league right now. As for Victor, he is in the top three in many offensive categories early on this season. And last night he extended his hitting streak to ten games, and his average is right around .370. Victor is special in the sense that defensively he can play catcher or first base for the Tribe, and to give him a "day off", Eric Wedge can put him in as the DH. I am saying right now that you will see Grady and Victor in St. Louis for the All Star game this year.

As I stated in when I began this blog, I am avid collector of baseball cards too. The other day I received a nice package of about 300 cards of the Indians from Cliff in Texas. I wish I had use of a scanner to show some of these cards, but I could not get over the awesome collection he sent. I mostly collect cards of the Indians, but I am also a team collector of the Expos, and Rob in Kansas sent me some of them last week after having sent me some of the Indians previously. My collections for both are growing tremendously and my wife cannot believe how many cards I will get in the mail from other collectors. But the way I look at it, at least I have a fun and interesting hobby. By the way, I also collect Albert Pujols and Ryan Feierabend cards.

Well, I am going to sign off for now. I am at the library and hope to find a good book on baseball to read. Til the next time!