Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Indians Trail Series 5-3, Still Hopeful For Potential Tilt with Red-Hot Rockies

Picking up right where they left off in 2007, the Cleveland Indians last night snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, as the "injured" Joe Borowski (now out with a torn tricep and an utter lack of talent) took all of about 45 seconds to turn a decent Jake Westbrook performance into a come-from-ahead loss at the hands of....



I'm sorry, I can't do this. Of ALL people we, Red Sox fans, should sympathize with Indians fans right now. One minute you're up 3-1 with two of the top four starters in the AL scheduled to go, and the next minute you're home in Sandusky watching Josh Beckett blow away a bunch of 24-year-olds in purple and black and wondering what the hell just happened. Instead of celebrating your first world series win since the Korean War, you're carefully folding your Grady's Ladies t-shirts and quietly sobbing. Yes, I know exactly how you feel, Cleveland fans. Group hug. Things will get better.



But seriously -- you people need to sit your manager down and explain to him that Joe Borowski really sucks donkey turds. So he's upset that his fastball has "lost velocity," eh? Yeah, I can see how it would bother you when you're only hitting 68 when you used to be able to smoke those 70MPHers in there like clockwork. But really -- there's NO possible problem with having a guy whom the pitching-strapped Cubs -- and the DEVIL RAYS, for god's sake -- both deemed inadequate for their glaring needs. I think there's a place for Joe in baseball.... out on an island somewhere.....



Joe Borowski (R) meets up with his new teammates

Getting back to the actual game... Can we all just admit now that Jon Lester is probably not going to be putting up 24-2/1.84/298k seasons? He's a servicable lefty, no doubt, and does have value as a 4th or 5th starter. But whereas "Jars of" Clay Buchholz's pitching stuff can be spectacular, frightening, and vaguely erotic at times, Lester's stuff is just... there. He throws a decent fastball, a decent change, and a decent curve, all decently. In today's world, that can win you 15 games, of course (see, e.g.: Jamie Moyer)..... But let's be honest -- it was Crazy Julian Tavarez who was the most valuable pitcher on the field yesterday. Lester's still young, and he's still learning, and he's not that far removed from a chemotherapy treatment, so maybe some of us (coughGAMMONScough) should lay off the Cooperstown talk for a while.

Nice to see Big Papi get a hit, too. Let's hope it continues.

4 comments:

Sh!tShow said...

Two hits, even!

And do NOT insult the manifestation of awesomeness that is Jon Lester. I'll have you know he has an internal "strike count," a limit on the number of pitches he is allowed to throw across the plate. How else would mere humans ever reach first base when he graces the mound?

futuremrsrickankiel said...

A-Freaking-Men. I've never bought into Lester-mania; he's serviceable, to be sure, but that's it. I saw him pitch live last Wednesday and it was a freaking snoozefest.

The Indians can suck it btw.

Hazel Maes Landing Strip said...

The Indians could always try to resurrect BK Kim's closing career.

Sh!tShow said...

Heathcliff Slocumb is available.