"With the way C.C. pitched in the seventh and eighth, he was our guy," Wedge said. "We didn't make a play. There are other things that go into it."
Elabaorte, Wedge. What other things? Yeah, yeah...Joe B pitched 3/4 previous games. So what? He made up for hardly pitching at all from that homestand until Miami. You wanna tell me he's tired after pitching 3 innings in 4 days? Closers aren't starters, nor long relievers, but are you kidding me?
How we are in first place with his dope in the dugout is beyond me. CC should have been lifted for a PR in Cincy and we should have had our CLOSER (no matter how "uncloserlike" he is) in tonight. CC pitched a good game, but he was done after 8. The difference in this year's team and those great first place Indians teams of the 90's? Simple and you all know it. Albert Belle/Manny Ramirez/David Justice and the like vs. Nixon/Dellucci/Michaels/"Buffalo call ups" is the first. Secondly, wouldn't it be nice to have a guy like Mike Jackson or dare I say Jose Mesa? The confidence this team has in its bullpen is laughable and we're in first. Jesus, that should be the first warning that we're not going to finish 1st with this type of approach.
I hate being negative, but damn it I love this team and I love the city of Cleveland and you all deserve a winner! Think of all of the World Series managers over the last few years. Is Eric Wedge better than any of them? That should tell you something. I think most of you already know and I am just rehashing. This dope will make you sick just by looking at his lineup card in the first inning. DD bats second? What a joke! Trot Nixon should be benched...no more! He is awful and I don't care about his veteran presence. Was Trot Nixon ever REALLY anything anyway? He can hustle and fight...that's it. I don't want to hear anymore Johnny Cash over the loudspeakers, as if the "man in black" is supposed to represent Trot Nixon and his blue-collar image. In his case, "Blue Collar" means "can't run, hit, or field, but still play the game b/c I can scrap and get dirty". Put Frankie G out there and let him learn from trial by fire or get another corner OF. If DD cannot get his average up, strikeout total down, and spray the damn ball to all fields, then get him and his inflated salary the hell outta Cleveland, too. A platoon job has all of a sudden become 6/7 games for DD. It sickens me to know that we're in first and we have a whole OF that is not producing except for Grady (and he's still lacking at times), Hafner is not Pronk, we have two pitchers in the rotation that are VERY iffy, and a bullpen full of doofuses (minus Betancourt). Imagining what this team would do with all the right holes fixed is almost too much to bear. Eric Wedge being able to manage a game the right way would be asking too much though. Will Shapiro make a move of any kind?
Oh and Jhonny Peralta...we already have a DH! Stop trying out for it! Pick the damn ball. I give DD some credit for going after that ball at the wall, but he still looked like a jackass. Speed kills, they say. What about when you have none of it except at one OF position?