Saturday, July 18, 2009

Into the second half...

The Indians began their second half on Thursday night with a well deserved victory over the Seattle Mariners. Cliff Lee picked up only his fifth win on the season, but the offense has been giving him no run support this season. The Tribe won 4 to 1 and Lee pitched the complete game. However, the Indians could not win two in a row and got beat last night by a score of 6 to 2 as King Felix Hernadez stiffled the Indians lineup all night. Hernandez is finally coming into his own as a pitcher, and we could possibly be looking at a future ace. As for Thursday's win, the questions are going to start coming about is if Lee will be traded before the July 31st deadline. I do hope that the Tribe will keep him because they don't have any other pitcher who could be their "ace" right now. My wife's uncle Jerry insists that the Indians will trade Lee, but I sure hope they don't unless they can get somebody that can step into the rotation right now. And what team is going to have the salary room to fit a Cliff Lee on their roster? And another question is who would you rather, if you are able to trade for either, Cliff Lee or Roy Halladay? It would be a toss up for me, but most teams would want Doc Halladay if they can swing a deal to get hime. We will have to just wait and see what July brings us.

With the Mariners in town, it also brings Ichiro Suzuki into town. Do you remember the craze he brought to the Emerald City in 2001? He was the rookie of the year and MVP in that season, and has not stopped since then. Suzuki has over 200 hits in each of his season in an M's uniform, and is well on his way to that plateau this year. At the All Star game earlier this week, Suzuki said he thought it would be easier to hit .400 for a season than to hit in 56 games in a row. I think if anyone is going to be close to either of those magical numbers, it will be Suzuki. He is an amazing baseball player to say the least, and I have yet to mention that he has a cannon for an arm in right field. I was at a game in Cleveland one time that he threw out a runner at third on the fly. It was amazing! Continued success to the great Suzuki!

I know I promised a post about my second half predictions, but I have yet to find my notebook with first half predictions. Once I find that, I will make that posting. Until the next time...

Monday, July 13, 2009

At the break...

Yesterday ended the mythical first half of the 2009 baseball season, and it could not have come at a better time for the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe finished the first half winning two of six on a road trip to Chicago and Detroit. The Indians are really starting to sputter and it doesn't appear that they have any gumption to be playing right now. I am sure hoping that the break will give the guys some time to rest and relax but really think about how the season is going so far. In my book, the Indians are the most underachieving team in baseball so far this season. They were expected to contend for the American League Central division title and the break finds them in last place with a record of 35 and 54. I hope they can find a way to ignite themselves when they come back on Thursday night. I am not giving up on them because I never do with any of my favorite teams, but I just want to see them finish the season with some respect for themselves and the city they play for.

I do have to give a give a shout out to my friend Norm. He and I attend church together, he sang at my wedding, and we play dart ball together for our church in the winter. On Saturday, June 27, Norm, his wife Debbie and their daughter and son in law went to the Indians vs Reds game. They were sitting in right field and Norm was able to snag his first ever home run ball. It was hit off the bat of Jay Bruce, the Reds young outfielder. Norm came out of it with a pretty nasty bruise, but now he has a memory that will last him the rest of his life. Way to go Norm!

Back to the All Star break for a minute. I thought I would give my predictions for tonight's Home Run Derby and tomorrow's game. And many will think I am playing home town favorite but I think Albert Pujols will shine the brightest tonight and then will pick up the MVP award tomorrow night in his home park. Pujols is having another superb season and is going to continue his hot hitting in the second half. Speaking of the second half, I will have to revisit my 2009 predictions and post my new ones later this week. Until the next time...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

It has been a while...

It has been awhile since I last made a post, but a lot has happened over the last week or so in my life. I won't bore all of you with the details, but I would ask that you say some prayers for my wife and I. No it is not personal with her and I. Okay, enough with the life of me. Now onto the world of Cleveland Indians. Over the holiday weekend, the Tribe looked great on Friday and Saturday nights against the A's. They routed the Bay Boys on Friday by a score of 15 to 3 with Shin Soo-Choo (my wife's favorite player) leading the way with 4 hits, 7 RBI and 4 runs scored. He became the first Indian since Al Rosen in 1952 to put up a box score like that. Then on Saturday, the Indians won again by a score of 5 to 3 with my highlight being the 10th save of the season for Kerry Wood. All looked good going into Sunday's finale because the Indians had Cliff Lee taking the mound, but once again, they could not give Lee any run support and lost. Before the game, Victor Martinez was named to the All Star team as the lone representative from the Tribe. Way to go Victor!

As all of you may or not may know, I collect Indians baseball cards. On Saturday the 4th, my inaws invited us to go with them to the Tiffin Flea Market. I have been to flea markets before but nothing compared to this one, and I will defintely be going back. For most of the morning, I did not see too many vendors selling anything of sports cards, but at last, I came across one with dime cards in the last building I went in that day. I picked up a few of his dime cards, but will defintely seek him out again when I go. He had the best selection of cards at the market that day. Hopefully there will be others set up when I go in the future. I also came across a vendor selling old beer cans for fifty cents, and he had some Iron City Beer ones that featured the Steelers so I picked up two of them. One has Art Rooney and Chuck Noll on it while the other celebrates their 50th season! What a great find! I do recommend the Tiffin Flea Market to other collectors even if there were not many sports cards vendors there. It is the best flea market I have ever been to! Until the next time...