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by consigliere » Mon May 01, 2006 11:09 pm
by pup » Tue May 02, 2006 12:30 pm
Teams are running at will on us. 6 more stolen bases against us tonight....the word is out, RUN RUN RUN on the Indians. For heaven's sake, the Texas catcher with a name close to being spelled LARD stole a freaking base. Whether it is the pitchers not holding the runner, or Victor having issues throwing out runners, or a combo of the two who knows, but this is a problem that needs to be addressed ASAP. I'm not sure what the solution to this problem is really, which means we might be in for a long season with teams stealing at will on us. And, that doesn't bode well close and late in games, or hell, early in games as teams will setup early runs by running.
2. Wedge sucks. There, I said it. I have been a Wedge supporter since he came aboard. I still am, but the time comes when the guy no longer can do the job he was signed to do. He is an exemplary leader and handles young kids well, never airing dirty laundry and always sticking up for his players. I like him. But, the time comes when you need to move beyond someone who just has a knack with handling youth....to a field general who is tactical and shows some baseball smarts. Imagine what this team would do with Jim Leyland? The problem here is, though, that Wedge and Shapiro are joined at the hip and I just don't see a change being made unless the Indians implode this season
This team is stupid. Seriously. I don't think there is a player on this team with any baseball IQ. WTF was Brian Slocum doing tonight? Sure, rookie jitters and mistakes, but a microcosm of the issues this team has. In one inning he throws to second TWICE to try and pick a guy off (2nd throw an error) and a batter later throws to 1st for another error with Thome (JIM THOME!) on 1st. Come on. It doesn't end there.....bad baserunning, poor fundamentals, an inability to bunt, yadda yadda yadda.....this team just is incapable of doing the little things to win games....from the players straight on up to the manager
Pitching. Anytime our pitchers want to show up from Spring Training would be fine with me. Did they all leave their "game" down there when leaving 5 weeks back? Yecht.
by yargs7 » Tue May 02, 2006 4:20 pm
by pup » Tue May 02, 2006 5:05 pm
by Steve Buffum » Tue May 02, 2006 5:26 pm
Pup wrote:Honestly, isn't it a little early for the Wedge discussion?
by pup » Tue May 02, 2006 10:52 pm
by Steve Buffum » Tue May 02, 2006 11:12 pm
Pup wrote:He is the same manager today he was last year in leading the team to 93 wins.
Pup wrote:Take Blake out of the 9 hole for a prolonged period and he can't handle it, then you are back to 05 Blake, which nobody wants.
Pup wrote:As for the pitching staff. He has very few options when it comes to making moves. With the bullpen he currently has to go to, why not let the starters try to get through one more inning, whenver possible.
by pup » Wed May 03, 2006 10:59 am
If something can be identified as something that can be improved, it should be improved. You make things better if you can, it doesn't matter if they were good to begin with.
I think Blake's "personal problems" in 2005 really, really affected his play. Blake's not a guy with a huge margin for error. But he's been so relaxed, so confident, so patient, he's simply not the same guy in 2006. I think he's a lot more able to handle adversity this season. YMMV.
I demand my manager me more observant than *I* am, fer Chrissakes: I suck. I understand the sentiment, so we may just have to agree to disagree on this one.
by Steve Buffum » Wed May 03, 2006 11:26 am
Pup wrote:What if improving this now, leads into a worse overall situation? I think the rational is that you let the players play. So if you start choking down on them now, what will the overall effect be on the rest of the season?
Pup wrote:I don't think it is an observation problem Wedge is having though. I am pretty sure he knows when a guy is losing it. I also think he has alot more confidence(misguided as it may be) in his starters fighting out of a tough jam than Danny Graves, Scott Saurbeck, or Jason Davis.
Pup wrote:This comes back to the health of Betancourt and Carmona. Once they start geting people out again, there will be options for Wedge call on.
by pup » Wed May 03, 2006 11:32 am
Point of order: do you mean Cabrera here?
Ask me if this will stop me from speculating
This may be right, but I'm more comfortable yelling here.
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