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  1. Chris.

    Ubaldo Jimenez To Cleveland?

    Yep, can't consider it a huge subtraction when you consider what our rotation will be for the next few years. Masterson Ubaldo Carrasco Tomlin Fausto/Huff/Gomez, open competition very solid. Maybe no true ace, but two guys with that potential. And not many teams can go 5 deep like that. So we're in better position to win this year. Hopefully we get better years from (healthy) Choo and Santana the next couple years and Asdrubal and Hafner keep rolling. We still have a very nice core.
  2. Chris.

    Ubaldo Jimenez To Cleveland?

    I didn't want to give up White OR Pomeranz, but oh well. It's a much more reasonable trade when we give up two stud pitchers for a stud (big league) pitcher. If we traded White or Pomeranz for a bat...I'd be pretty disappointed. But I'm cool with this. Why did the Rockies have him pitch tonight though? Pretty strange.
  3. Chris.

    Tribe Adds Fukudome

    Yeah, I can't imagine Antonetti and co. are saying "Welp, we did it!" after getting Fukudome. Still work to be done, but I love the strategy. The team is still a long way from being a contender with the likes of Boston and New York, but we are contenders in the Central, and the Fukudome trade is kind of confirming that. Don't mortgage the future, but give us a better chance at winning this weak division and getting into the playoffs this year. (edit) And even with the down year he's having, Fukudome's .374 OBP would be the best on the Tribe after Hafner. Him either leading off or batting 2nd would create a lot of runs with Brantley and Cabrera rounding out the top 3, with the big boppers behind them.
  4. Chris.

    Tribe Adds Fukudome

    The guy whose last name kind of reminds me of Goodfellas. Pretty much exactly the kind of deal I was hoping for. He's hitting .273 (.374 OBP) but with pretty much no power this year. He's also known as a really good defender. http://www.letsgotribe.com/
  5. Chris.

    Is Acta Becoming Wedge Ii

    Not to distract from the Tribe....but CC threw 5.1 perfect innings (11 K's) against Wedge's Mariners...who are about to lose their 17th straight. (In a rain delay right now) Yeah, the Mariners are pretty bad. But Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda, an all-star closer, Justin Smoak, Ichiro....and I don't think Tribe fans appreciated just how good our roster was during Wedge's reign. Acta is doing more with way less than what Wedge had when he was here...and Wedge is just embarrassing himself in Seattle. (Sidenote: how about the time Wedge was daydreaming as one of his opponents walked to first base after ball 3. That happened TWICE this year.)
  6. Chris.

    Tomlin Wins Again

    http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/blog/index.ssf/2011/07/josh_tomlin_continues_to_amaze.html ----------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND -- I knew it was a dumb question, but I asked it anyway, "Did you think about a no-hitter?" "Me?" Josh Tomlin said, then laughed. "They didn't have a hit for six innings," I said, with they being the New York Yankees. "Nah," said Tomlin. "I was just trying to get through the game. I don't think about no-hitters." "Come on," I said. "You must have thrown one before." "Nope," said the Indians pitcher. "This is the closest I've ever come." "What about college?" I asked. He shook his head -- no. "High school?" I asked. "Junior high?" "Never," he said. At that moment, Tomlin was handed a ball and the scorecard from the Tribe's 6-3 victory over the Yankees. He held New York to two runs in seven innings, raising his record to 10-4 as his ERA dropped to 3.78. This was Tomlin's 29th major-league start and he's pitched at least five innings in all of them -- the most of any player to start a career since 1919. So he should keep the ball and prize the scorecard. If any player symbolizes this Tribe team, it's Tomlin. They Indians aren't supposed to be AL Central Division contenders and Tomlin sure isn't supposed to be a 10-game winner before the All-Star break. "He's a guy who doesn't have a rocket arm, who's not supposed to be tall enough," Tribe Manager Manny Acta said. "To go out there and battle like he did against this [Yankees] lineup, he should be proud." Generously listed at 6-1, Tomlin's fastball is about 88 mph, well below the big-league average. He looks more like the guy who picks up the towels in the dressing room than the guy who picks up victories on the mound. "I loved the atmosphere," he said regarding sold-out Progressive Field. "I want to pitch games like these." He means big games against the AL's winningest team with the most feared lineup. He was promoted to the Tribe last season, he beat the Yankees here, 4-1, in his first big-league game. And he even means coming back against this same Yankees team that spanked him for six runs and 12 hits in five innings in a 9-1 loss in New York three weeks ago. "It means a lot to see him make adjustments and come back and beat these guys, as talented a lineup as you'll see," Acta said, who also didn't seem especially surprised by it. Tomlin has a way of figuring things out, of beating the opposition and the odds. He never forgets that he was the 581st pick in the 2006 draft. Only twice in his pro career did he break camp in his team's starting rotation -- that was in 2009 at Class AA Akron and this spring with the Tribe. He had a 51-24 record in the minors, and he's now 16-8 in his big-league career. Not sure how he does it, but Tomlin keeps winning. He knows nothing is ever promised to him, nothing can be taken for granted at age 26. " . . . he has four pitches, and throws them all for strikes," Acta said. "He doesn't walk guys. He battles. Every game, you know what you get from him." Here's some big news: Tomlin walked a batter Monday. It was his first walk in four starts, his first since June 12. He walked two guys in June. And two in May. And has walked only 13 in 16 starts this season. For a baseball purist, he's a delight. First pitch changeups and curves for strikes. Fastballs that slice the outside corners at the knees, cutters that slip directly into the hands of a left-handed batter crowding the plate. Tomlin delivers "comfortable ofers." That means a batter thinks he had a good swing at a very tempting fastball, but grumbles as he head back to the dugout after hitting a lazy fly ball or a hapless pop up. By the end of the game, he's 0-for-4. As Acta said, "Josh continues to amaze." And the same can be said of these Indians in 2011.
  7. Chris.

    Tribe Embarrasses Pittsburgh

    So it's not just a clever name. And Carrasco is awesome. And Pittsburgh blows. Maybe they're following the Penguins guide to success (that is, suck for a decade and hope you get handed a Sidney Crosby), but it doesn't really work like that in baseball. And they better bring those great pitching prospects up before they lose McCutchen.
  8. Chris.

    Cavs Draft

    Well, at least his arms are long...
  9. Chris.

    Cavs Draft

    I'll be disappointed if we don't get Irving AND Williams. I originally wanted Irving and Kanter, but with Minnesota obviously not wanting another point guard...it seems like a good GM would be able to get Irving from them (assuming we take Williams first), especially when we have the #4 pick as bait. Anything else would kind of be a let down for me. But if we come out of the draft with a true PG and a true center...there are worse things.
  10. Chris.

    Tribe Embarrasses Pittsburgh

    Carlos Carrasco is the biggest story. Masterson didn't look good yesterday, but he and Carrasco can be a pretty nice core for this rotation for a long time. The 2009 trades were hard to accept, but Shapiro got us back in position to win, a lot of it thanks to these two players. White and Pomeranz should be in position to help us next year....that's an incredibly solid staff, not even counting who'd be the 5th starter (Fausto or Tomlin or whoever). I don't really care that it's Pittsburgh....because who cares about the Pirates. But getting the sweep was awesome. Hafner being back is awesome. Choo starting to hit the ball is awesome. First place is awesome. If we could just start playing against the Tigers and White Sox like we do against the National League, that would be awesome too.
  11. Chris.

    Is Acta Becoming Wedge Ii

    No, I don't think so. But really...small ball and pitching changes can't make up for the current 1-44 slump with runners in scoring position. I still think Acta was a great hire and a perfect fit for this team. It's hard to say he's getting the best out of his team with so many guys struggling, but coming into the year we had no business being in first place this far into the season. He has the team playing hard and believing they can win. Wedge had a few Cy Young candidates (CC, Lee, good Fausto) a few MVP candidates (Sizemore, Hafner, Victor), all in their primes and didn't get much out of it. Fausto took a complete downturn (and saw a good recovery with Acta last year). Peralta was looking like an impact player after breaking out in '05, and was a mess by the time Wedge left. Sizemore was run into the ground with no days off and probably wasted a little bit as the leadoff hitter. Cliff Lee, postseason legend, spent the '07 playoffs in Buffalo. Acta's team is nowhere near as talented as the '07 team, but they are (well, were) finding ways to win. I guess I didn't really say anything about his actual managing decisions...but I don't really see enough passiveness to get too critical of him. He has balls, he sticks up for his players, and he's in first place. Wedge knew how to keep his players happy when they were winning, but ended up a complete disaster. I'm nowhere near ready to compare them.
  12. Chris.

    Asdrubal The Next Tulo?

    Probably not, but here's a good argument from Paul at the DiaTribe. http://clevelandtribeblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/setting-table-on-lazy-sunday.html
  13. Chris.

    Cavs Draft

    Can't solve all of our problems in one draft. We'll most likely be back in the lottery next year, and that draft looks heavy in wing players (http://nbadraft.net/2012mock_draft). Top 5-caliber legit centers don't come around too often, to pass on one for an average PG prospect doesn't really make sense to me. Especially one like Kanter, who looks like he has the outside game that would work great next to Varejao. Williams - Varejao - Kanter would be a pretty good looking frontcourt, but I don't think I'd pass on Irving. Get our PG and Center this year, and a wing player next year. I'd be fine watching the growing pains with two great building blocks if we end up back in the lottery next year, with a shot at someone like Harrison Barnes.
  14. Chris.

    White Beats Weaver

    6 innings, 6 K's, only 2 walks for Alex White against Jered Weaver and the Angels last night. Our pitching staff is #3 in the American League. I'm still not a believer in Tomlin (love what he's doing, though), but with Masterson, Fausto, Carrasco and White, we have four legit starters. If Tomlin keeps working his magic...this is going to continue being one hell of a rotation. And we have one of the best lefties in the minors (Pomeranz - 23.1 innings, 34 K, 7 BB, 1 HR) who should be here next season. Go Tribe.
  15. And here's why you shouldn't worry about baseball....from Will Leitch http://nymag.com/news/sports/games/bud-selig-2011-5/index1.html