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It may be raining, but there’s a rainbow above you…

So it’s been awhile. I apologize. I’ve been pretty busy with work and the online class I’m taking this summer.

The Indians have been taking me on an emotional roller coaster again. They lost the series in Minnesota and then won the series in Chicago complete with a three-hit complete game shutout from Carl Pavano. Pavano has been amazing recently and I love it. 
Fausto Carmona, however, has not been amazing unless you mean amazingly bad. He has been sent to rookie ball in Arizona after the Minnesota series to work things out down there. I really hope he figures it out and makes it back up sometime. I do not think we will be seeing him in the near future, or even this season, however.
Another starter who has been getting better and better every start is David Huff who is up in the Majors for the first time in his career and just got his first Major League victory on Sunday. 
The bullpen is still concerning me. They have managed to get out of bad situations with minimal damage recently but for the most part they have put themselves in those situations. It is so bad that when we are leading 8-4 and Kerry Wood walks someone with two outs I assume that the other team just won the game. 
Next up the Indians have the Royals who are in the midst of a bit of a free fall. The Royals have lost  nine of their last ten and are now only a half game ahead of the Indians in the standings. Whoever loses this series is in last place in the AL Central. This is a key series for the Tribe. I am to the point where if they lose this series I may say the season’s over for them. They need to beat the struggling Royals. A sweep would be great but I’ll take two out of three. The pitching matchup for tonight is Bannister and Lee. If Cliff can pitch like he has been recently and the offense can score runs for him like last time we should win this game. However the offense seems to not care that much when Cliff pitches and decide that he can win even if they do not score. They have been scoring a little more recently so hopefully they can keep that up. Wednesday’s matchup is Meche versus Pavano. As I said Carl has been pitching very well recently and he leads the team in wins with six. Again we should probably win this game on paper but as everyone knows things do not always turn out that way especially for the Indians. Thursday is when Carmona’s spot in the rotation would come up normally but because of the offday mlb.com is saying that Sowers is the likely pitcher for Thursday night’s game against Grienke. Grienke was far from impressive his last outing but maybe that was just a fluke. If it was the Indians need to do their best to work Grienke hard. Sowers has been much better recently and hopefully he can continue that. He does not have an easy opponent to try to continue that with though. Overall this series is very interesting and very important for both teams.
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One Hundred!

This is my 100th Entry everyone! The Indians decided to make sure I got to write it today by beating, no not beating, slaughtering the Yankees 22-4. I wrote a Live Blog but as you can probably imagine it got a little boring just talking about the game. Therefore I talked about silly things and I recommend reading it all because it pretty much exemplifies me. This game features only a few examples of how I watch baseball games. Usually when good things happen I am happy for awhile but then realize that the same thing could happen us the next inning so I shouldn’t get too excited and jinx it. So the first inning really features watching games with Melissa but after that it’s pretty abnormal.

First Inning: Grady strikes out on a ball in the dirt. As
usual he had two strikes got a pitch in the dirt and swung. Told you that’s a
guaranteed strike out.  I yelled,
“Are you kidding me Grady? I hate you!” Wang almost hits DeRosa. Didn’t like
that. DeRosa pops up after having a 3-1 count. Threw a leftover plastic Easter
egg at the TV. Martinez flies out to left. At least he didn’t look like a fool. 

Bottom: Fausto looks pretty good in the first at bat. Jeter grounds out. Fausto
walks Damon. Teixiera hits a home run. The egg is thrown again. I yell
something. I don’t remember what. I’m pretty sure no profanities were involved
though. At least he’s on one of my Fantasy teams. Fausto gets Swisher, who was
hilarious when reading the lineup, to ground out to second and Posada to pop
out. 2-0 Yankees.

Second Inning: I love Joe Buck. I am so happy he is
announcing although I think it is rude to take him and TIm away from St. Louis
especially during the Cubs series. Hafner gets an infield hit. Is it just me or
is the grass on the infield at the New Stadium really slow? Johnny Damon took a
swim before the game. Funny. Jhonny gets a base hit to left! I literally jumped
up and down. Big League Choo hits a home run! I definitely squealed and clapped
my hands. Lia, my roommate, probably thinks I am insane at this point.
Francisco hits a double. Awesome. Ben scores from second on a base hit up the
middle by Cabrera. This is why Cabby is one of my favorites. Grady’s up. Grady
hits a foul ball but takes awhile deciding whether it’s foul or not and then
decides it isn’t and starts to run. It promptly goes foul. Haha Grady gets a
double down the right field line. That’s more like it Grady. Tim McCarver,
“Another hanger by Wang. Sizemore says uh-uh I’ll handle that Jorge.” LOL literally.
Joe and Tim are talking about how the New Stadium’s ticket prices are not only
leaving seats empty but the people close aren’t just normal fans but business
people who aren’t very loud. I think this is true. So far I haven’t seen the
same fan base that I am used to seeing in New York. It’s weird. DeRosa hits a
double into right. Grady thought Swisher was going to catch it and tagged up at
second and then ran home. Tim says it was a mistake but I think he would have
made it home even if Swisher had made the throw. Then someone was yelling at
Grady in the dugout. Presonally I think they should yell at him every time he
swings at a ball in the dirt to strike out. They apparently don’t though. Wild
Pitch. DeRosa to third.  Martinez
hits a single into right. DeRosa scores. Now we get the Yankees bullpen for the
rest of the game. Wang goes 1 1/3 innings giving up 7 runs. 22 runs allowed in
only 6 innings pitched this season. Wow. Anthony Claggett is on for the
Yankees. He was just called up today. Hafner hits one to left-center that
Gardner almost catches but drops. Martinez and Hafner are one second and third
for Jhonny. Johonny hits a line drive into left-center as well. His double and
second hit of the inning scores Martinez and Hafner. Showing me stats of Cole
Hamels’ awful start last night did not make me happy. He is killing my fantasy
team. A bloop hit by Garko loads the bases. I was actually giving the edge to
the Yankees today despite Wang’s rough start because I figured he was due for a
good one. I guess I was wrong. Francisco strikes out. Two outs. Before
Francisco nine consecutive Indians had reached base safely. A-CAB HITS A GRAND
SLAM!!!!!!! He just made my day. Ninth hitter in the lineup hits grand slam.
Quickly 0-2 on Grady. Loser. haha JK 
Grady just crushed a ball to right. I mean crushed. I take it back, he
isn’t a loser. No doubt about that one. It was gone as soon as it left the bat.
14 runs this inning and ties the record set in 1950. 3 home runs this inning.
DeRosa strikes out to end the half inning. 14-2 Indians. Don’t blow it Fausto. I am so very optimistic. (Sarcasm)

Bottom: Cano hits a ball that just dies in front of home. Martinez throws him
out. Great play by Jhonny to steal a hit from Cabrera (Melky).  Fly ball to left. 1-2-3 inning for
Fausto. Still 14-2.

Third: The Yankees are sticking with Claggett. Martinez pops
out to Gardner. Hafner hits one well into left canter but not hard enough.
Gardner has it. Another hit for Jhonny. He isn’t in any of my lineups because I
was busy all morning and didn’t get a chance to change my lineup after he was
hurt yesterday. Choo walks. Garko hits a line drive into right. Swisher dropped
it so Jhonny scores. Francisco grounds into a fielder’s choice.

Bottom: Ground ball to short. One out. Eric Wedge is talking! He wants Fausto
to be aggressive. Wedge is really boring. He doesn’t ever say a whole lot.
Jeter grounds out to third. DeRosa makes a great play. Fausto is getting a lot
of ground balls which is a good sign for a sinkerball pitcher. Damon strikes
out. 15-2 Indians.

I love the Direct TV commercials with the stupid cable
company. They make me laugh every time. “Two words: Federal bailout. Pick
up  a paper, everyone’s doing it.”
haha

Fourth: They took Jeter out. Cabby is 3-3 today with a
leadoff base hit onto left.  Grady hits
another double. Pitching change! 
DeRosa’s singles to left scoring Cabby. This live blog is pretty boring.
Martinez walks. Brandan Ryan thinks someone should google the record for most
runs scored in an inning to see if the Indians beat the record. So funny. The
Indians have impressed my hometown team. A very nice tribute to Harry Kalas.
Peralta strikes out. Longest at bat ever for Choo. Choo finally after about ten
minutes strikes out.

This commercial isn’t fair. Bobby Mayweather can’t type with
boxing gloves on.

Bottom: They are showing some guy in a suit in the stands
who looks confused. He looks like he has never seen a baseball game in his
life. Nick Swisher cracks me up. He is so silly. Why does every locker in the
Yankees clubhouse have a laptop in it? Seems excessive. Posada hits a single
into right and Choo drops it. Swisher gets to third. Thank you Captain Obvious
Tim McCarver who has just informed us that The Yankees box score looks a lot
different than the Indians box score. Gradner grounds out to the mound to end
the inning and bases loaded threat.

Fifth: DeRosa hits a 3-run home run. My fantasy teams are
killing on offense today. Days like this and Thursday make me look like a
genius. I guess I can’t speak for the other teams yet but Thursday all of my
offensive players did something. It was awesome. Martinez hits a home run. I
told you he was all the way back. Hey if we get another home run today we will
break the record for home runs in the New Yankee Stadium hit by one team. That
record, of course, was set yesterday. This all happened with two outs. We broke
the twenties. Hafner strikes out to end the inning. 

Bottom: They took out Grady
but I didn’t know that and Trevor Crowe just made a Grady worthy play and I
definitely thought it was Grady until they showed his face.  Then I had a blond moment and was
confused for a second. Teixiera grounds out.  20-2 Indians.

Sixth: Ben Francisco almost killed the umpire on a foul ball
off of his mask. He broke the mask and the umpire had to borrow one of Jose
Molina’s masks. I love the Molinas. They are my favorite baseball family. 

Bottom: Ed Hickox was joking with Victor Martinez the inning after he hit his
home run. It was pretty funny. I always wonder what they talk about down there.
Especially when they are at first and are just chatting away. What do they say?
It bothers me that I don’t know. Home run for Cabrera (M). They showed a video
of Cody Ransom jumping 5 feet and said he could jump over Ken Rosenthal. It
was pretty funny. Ken was offended because apparently he is really 5’41/2″.
Which is so much better. (sarcasm)

eventh: Bottom: Kobayashi caught a ball in between his legs
and turned a double play without ever putting his glove on it. haha

Eighth: Ed Hickox is done for the day after being hit in
the head. They have replaced him with Edwards. Thank God not Phil Cuzzi, they
said he was an option. We would have never had a reliable strike zone again if
that had happened. TRAVIS HAFNER HITS A HOME RUN!!!!!!!!!!!! Well our problem
is not offense. 

Bottom: Kobayashi makes another awesome play on the mound. This
is probably his best performance all year.

Ninth: Francisco hits a double. Cabby hits a single. Marte
just doesn’t have it. I have said that so many times; about another Marte, of
course, but still it just rolls off the tongue. Trevor Crowe gets an RBI.
Hafner almost hits another grand slam. But it’s caught by Cabrera (M). 

Bottom:
Chulk is coming in. How about we avoid another breakdown Vinnie. He did.

Thank you everyone for getting me to 100 entries. 

 

They Want You to Take the Rolls

To avoid any confusion: Yesterday’s movie quote was from 10 Things I Hate About You. I miss you, Heath Ledger! 😦

After having time to get over yesterday’s game here are some good things:
1) Grady hit the ball hard twice and Josh Hamilton made a great play to rob him him of at least a double. 
2) Victor Martinez had some very good at bats. He got a hit out of one.
3) Travis Hafner, who scored the Indians’ only run, hit the ball pretty well when he singled. Other than that his main problem seems to be timing which seems to be getting a little better as he goes along.
4) Cliff Lee actually pitched pretty well before he got hit by that ball. He claims it did not affect him but I think it had to a little even if he does not know it.
5) Ben Francisco made a great diving catch in the outfield.
6) Grady so beat out a ball he mistakenly hit down the third baseline. It was a close call though so I do not blame the umpire.
So it actually was not as bad as it originally appeared. I would like to see the Jhonny Peralta and Mark DeRosa who have been playing in spring training at Rangers Park in Arlington on Wednesday however.
I saw this headline today: MLB.TV, season off to flying starts. I have a problem with this headline. MLB.TV is not off to a flying start. Yesterday the STO feed was messed up so I only saw the game and heard the sounds of the stadium, no Rick Manning! Then when I went to the Rangers feed they had no sound at all! Then I went back to STO and I heard a slowed down Rick Manning and Matt Underwood and no picture! Finally they figured it all out but it was not what I would call flying.
Tomorrow Fausto Carmona will be taking the mound for the Indians. I hope he can have as good a day as he has had a spring. He just needs to command his emotions and nerves and he should be fine.
Today’s quote:
“How long you been married?” “Who?” “What?” “They want you to take the rolls!” This masterpiece also gave us: “I Mary Poppinsed ya!” and “Hey Jack. I’m having trouble opening this jar.” “That’s because it’s a can.”and one more; “Nana Booboo I miss you! Is Nana Booboo dead?” ‘No.”
Alright. What are these from?

What do Dontrelle Willis and I have in common?

The Indians won today. Mark DeRosa hit two home runs and a double that was nearly a home run. Grady Sizemore went 2-4 with a single and a triple. I love triples and stolen bases and bunt singles; anything that involves speed is incredibly attractive to me. Probably also why I like soccer players. Fausto Carmona had another strong outing and Kerry Wood pitched a scoreless seventh. Good day for the Indians.

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Not such a good day for the Detroit Tigers and Dontrelle Willis however, which is why I am really writing this post right now. Dontrelle Willis was placed on the disabled list with an anxiety disorder. Here is where you learn something special about me. I, too, have and still do struggle with an anxiety disorder. It is not really that serious but there are times when it becomes very overwhelming and sometimes almost paralyzing. I do not know what kind of anxiety Willis may be experiencing but I would assume it is probably very similar to mine as mine comes from a desire to be perfect all the time. This sometimes causes me to feel an overwhelming fear of doing assignments. Since Willis is a professional athlete and most athletes are perfectionists I would assume he probably feels similarly. His recent struggles would probably cause him to become very nervous before pitching and would probably interrupt his performance. I was very sad to read this story on mlb.com and I feel for him. I hope he recovers as quickly and as easily as the Detroit doctor’s seem to think. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers; I know what he must be feeling. Having to start the year on the DL probably did nothing to help him feel better about himself; he probably just views this as another failure. I hope he is able to overcome this struggle. It may not be the most serious injury/illness he could have but it is sad to hear.
I am going to start leaving y’all with a favorite quote. These quotes may be from anywhere. Today I chose a happy quote since this post is a bit of a downer.
“Too high, too high.” “What do you mean too high?” “At first it was really high!” “Who gives a **** it’s gone!”
Name that movie.
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Cut Your Losses (or Ties)

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The Indians played the White Sox today at Goodyear Ballpark. Fausto Carmona looked great again pitching five scoreless innings. He showed improvement in trouble situations which has been a problem for him in the past. In the first inning he walked two batters and then proceeded to get out of the inning with no runs allowed. After, he only got better. In the past if he got himself in trouble too often he would let his emotions get in the way of pitching and would give up big innings.

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haha funniest picture ever… okay maybe not ever, but pretty close

Grady had a an RBI double today driving in what proved to be half of the Indians run total of two today. Mark DeRosa in his return to the Indians drove in the other of the Indians runs this afternoon on an RBI single. Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta killed the rally however after Hafner walked to load the bases.
Jensen Lewis gave up two runs in the sixth to tie the game. The score would remain the same through ten innings. This is good and bad. Bad because we could have scored more runs, there were plenty of opportunities. Good because the tie survived Kobayashi who has had a terrible spring so far and amazingly Ed Mujica despite Andy Marte’s best efforts to help him hurt his chances for the bullpen job even more by dropping a routine throw to first. So the bullpen showed strength and improvement in places that were previously a concern.
The Indians also cut seven players today. Most notably Jeremy Sowers and Kirk Sarloos were reassigned to minor league camp trimming the starter competition to Aaron Laffey, Scott Lewis, and Zach Jackson. The front runners for the position are Aaron Laffey and Scott Lewis. Zach Jackson has a better shot getting the last bullpen shot in my opinion.
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Sorry Jen but the White Sox announcers did nothing today to endear me to your team. One said he hoped Joe Mauer stayed hurt so the White Sox did not have to face him. His exact words, “We can only hope the Joe Mauer is still hurt [when we face them in April].” That is a terrible thing to say. I do not at all wish any player is hurt so the Indians do not have face them. Not even A-Fraud, my least favorite person. I was appalled by his statement. I am sure he did not mean any harm by it but it was an awful thing to say. And plenty of “He gone’s” from Hawk. That just drives me crazy.
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Rick Manning and Matt Underwood
I was also very upset that I could not watch the STO version of the game. I miss Rick Manning and Matt Underwood even if they may not be the best announcers ever. An Indians game just does not feel quite right without Rick Manning going on a tirade about sunglasses and how they are a waste and only mess players up. Classic. And I really miss “Gone to Souvenir City!” Although that would have not happened in this game. And even after learning some not very nice things about Rick Manning’s past while I still love him. I bet if he could go back he would change some things; he seems like a good guy deep down who just made some mistakes.
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Why the Indians Win It All in 2009

Toady is a off day in Spring Training for the Indians so there is no real news to report so far. 

Ryan at Prose and Ivy recently asked me to comment on his blog about why I think the Indians will win the World Series in 2009. This got me thinking that it would be a great blog post on my blog.
So here it is: Why the Indians Win It All in 2009
1) The offseason was a great one for a mid-market team with limited resources this year that will definitely be hit hard by the economic crisis. They began the offseason with a list of priorities. The first was a closer. They got a top rate closer in Kerry Wood. They could have waited until he was cheaper or a cheaper option was available. However being passive in the offseason clearly did not work last year so they had a target and they hit it. Next they wanted an infielder that was not a first baseman. A third baseman would be ideal but a second baseman or shortstop would work as well. What did they do? They got Mark DeRosa who can play really anywhere and made him their third baseman. DeRosa actually says he feels most comfortable at third. Their third priority was a middle of the rotation starter. They got Carl Pavano. So far this is their most risky and questionable move. I think it will work out for them. He may not be like he was a few years ago but he says he feels more comfortable in Cleveland and feels healthy. So far his spring has not been too impressive but he claims he is fine. The one thing the Indians are giving him that no one else would is a chance. They are showing him that they believe in him and they are willing to let him try to come back. I think this will do a lot for him.
2) The Indians’ offense is shaping up to be one of the most potent offenses in the Majors. Just look at the projected lineup:

Grady Sizemore CF

Mark DeRosa 3B

Victor Martinez C/1B

Jhonny Peralta SS

Travis Hafner DH

Shin Soo Choo RF

Ben Francisco LF

Ryan Garko 1B

Asdrubal Cabrera 2B

Insert Kelly Shoppach for Ryan Garko on days Cliff Lee pitches and whenever else Eric Wedge feels like playing him.

The first six batters are all legit home run threats. Even without home runs there are some scary things happening in that lineup for opposing pitchers. If Grady gets on DeRosa has already said that he would love to figure something out with Grady to make it easier for Grady steal some more bases this year. So there is the stolen base threat. Then there is the RBI threat without a home run. This entire lineup is capable of hitting to drive runs in. 

3) The Indians injury problems seem to be fixed this year. With the exception of Jake Westbrook all of the players that the Indians lost to injury in 2008 are back. Hafner may not be back to his Pronk state just yet but he says he feels great and it is just a matter of time until he gets his rhythm back and finally starts to really drive the ball. Martinez has already shown that his power stroke is back. He has a great spring so far including a few home runs. Anthony Reyes’ elbow problems seem to be fixed. He has had a very dominant spring and has shown his ability to be a very effective fourth starter for the Indians this year. In my opinion Reyes could easily be the third starter for the Indians. He may be if Pavano gets hurt or does not work out as expected. 
4) The Indians bullpen was awful in 2008. In 2009 however it looks to be solid. The bullpen is much more organized; everyone has a role and everyone knows their role. Kerry Wood is already becoming the leader of the pen. His leadership will go a long way in solidifying the bullpen and making the younger pitchers more successful pitchers.
5) Fausto Carmona appears to be back. So far this spring he has shown better command of his pitches and seems to have his rhythm back. His return could be reminiscent of a certain Cliff Lee last year. In 2006 Cliff Lee was very good for the Indians but in 2007 he suffered an injury and was never able to fully recover and return to his previous form. In 2008 he started the season in the Majors and was able to return  to 2006 form and improve on it. I hope the same happens with Carmona and so far it looks that way. It is true that Spring Training numbers do not mean a whole lot in the long run but he is pitching with more confidence and command than he showed last year and that will matter in the long run.
6) Two words: Grady Sizemore. Grady had a small setback early in the spring but he appears to be 100% recovered from his minor groin injury that kept him out of the World Baseball Classic. In my opinion Grady is set to have another monster year for the Indians. I think there is a real chance he will have a 40/40 year. One thing I think Grady can do more of this year is bunt for base hits. I think this will help his average a lot and get him more stolen bases. I also think this is what the team needs more of this year. They have the people back who can hit home runs; they do not need him to be their power bat anymore. I love home runs as much as the next girl but Grady’s first priority this season should be to get on base I think.
The only problem is the starting rotation. If Carl Pavano pitches a solid season the rotation is great. If not, it is shot. I know everyone is saying that the key to the season is Pronk’s return or Martinez’ return. I disagree. Pavano is the key. Everything else is pretty much set. There are very few other questions or unsolved issues. I think his season will set the tone for the rest of the rotation. If the Indians have solid third starter it takes the pressure off of the first two as well as the last two. If Pavano can do that the Indians are good to go. If he is not able to put together at least a solid season I see the Indians finishing still finishing first or second in the division. If they finish first and make the playoffs I do not see them being able to make the World Series let alone win it. 
What do you think about your team’s chances this year? I know everyone is supposed to think that this is the year for their team but I know a lot of you do not think that. I would love to know why and who you think does win it all this year.

Indians this Week

Sorry if this is boring but I thought I would post the article I wrote for MLB Center this week. I have already mentioned some things in the article but it is a good general overview of Tribe happenings in the past week.

The WBC was bittersweet for me tonight. I want Mark DeRosa in camp but I want the US to do well too. They were playing with Japan for awhile but they just let it get away from them. It was a good run for the US though. They faced a lot of difficulties and still managed to have strong showing on an international stage. Good job guys!

The Indians made their second cut this week. They cut
fifteen players trimming their roster from 59 to 44. They sent down one
prospect for the fifth rotation spot and three prospects for the last bullpen
spot. Some notable cuts include Tony Sipp, LHP, David Huff, LHP, Carlos
Santana, C, and Wes Hodges, 3B. Tony Sipp is still recovering from Tommy John
Surgery so the Indians are being careful with him. He has made a good
impression so far in camp. David Huff was somewhat of a surprise to be cut but
recently suffered some soreness in his arm, which slowed his progress. He was
competing for the fifth rotation spot but is no longer being considered to get
the spot out of Spring Training. Carlos Santana has lived up to expectations
offensively and has highly impressed the Indians. However Eric Wedge thinks he
needs a little more practice handling a pitching staff. Santana has been called
the Indians’ top minor league prospect. Wes Hodges was very successful
offensively but needs a little more work defensively at third.

            In
Sunday’s Cactus League game Cliff Lee started against the Rockies at Hi Corbett
Field in Tucson, Arizona. Lee looked commanding giving up two runs and striking
out three. He said after the game that he feels ready for the season. He added
that from now on in Spring Training starts he will be pitching as if he is
pitching a regular season game. So Lee should start to look like he should look
in the regular season in the last couple of weeks of the spring.

            Fausto
Carmona is reportedly fine after taking a line drive to his arm in an
intrasquad game at Goodyear Park in Arizona. He threw a bullpen session
Saturday and felt fine. He is scheduled to start Tuesday’s game against the
White Sox at Goodyear.

            Anthony
Reyes has had a very strong spring so far. He threw five scoreless innings on
Saturday. As long as he stays healthy he should be a lock for the fourth
rotation spot.

            Carl
Pavano has allowed twelve runs so far on fifteen hits. He has not had a very
impressive spring so far according to the numbers but he says he feels better
than he has in years and feels he is making progress. As long as he continues
to feel good he will be in the rotation.

            The
fifth rotation spot will probably come down to Scott Lewis and Aaron Laffey
although Jeremy Sowers is another possibility. Zach Jackson was formerly
competing for the spot but now he seems to be more likely to get the last spot
in the bullpen if anything. Scott Lewis has made a strong showing this spring
and has thoroughly impressed Eric Wedge. Wedge says that Lewis is definitely
high on the list for the fifth spot. Aaron Laffey came into to Spring Training
as the favorite for the job. However he has a rough spring so far with an ERA
of 6.92. But Wedge does not place too much stock in Spring Training statistics;
he is more concerned with seeing progress from his players. Wedge also stresses
that there is a lot of time still left in this year’s extended Spring Training.

            With
Team USA’s nine to four loss to Japan Sunday night, Mark DeRosa will be heading
back to Goodyear. Wedge cannot wait until he returns so he can get him some
more typical Spring Training work to ensure that he is prepared for the regular
season. DeRosa’s return should also help him become more acclimated to the
team. Shin Soo Choo, the Indians only player left in the Classic, will be
playing in the final game tomorrow night for South Korea against Japan. The
winner will be the new World Baseball Classic Champion. Choo has been out of
camp since February 24. He has had two hits in the Classic in only twelve at
bats. There is some concern that he has not been getting the work he needs to
prepare him for the season.