That was rough...Great Scott..
That wasn't good.
He's blaming it on the grip, which would explain all the home runs he's giving up, but still, not cool.
Scott Lewis got trashed again.
3.2 Innings of work, 13, yes 13 hits, 10 runs, three home runs that included two to Russ Branyan and a grand slam to Ronny Cedeno.
"I've been struggling with some issues with the grip on the ball," Lewis said. "The ball's been slipping the last couple times out. I've been going to the rosin bag, trying to get a grip, and losing focus. My delivery's been off, and the pitches aren't doing what I want them to do right now."Lewis will throw one more time in an extended spring game, which means he might just stick back when everyone else goes to Houston if I can guess at that juncture. I don't know if I'd even send him to Texas for the opening series, just get him over to Cleveland so he can adapt to the weather.
Joe Smith tried to clean up, struck out three, but did give up a run.
Masa Kobayashi pitched a scoreless inning, which is needed seeing he struggled the last time around.
And Jensen Lewis.. Damn son, two innings, no hits, just a walk, kid is ready.
Ed Mujica, in what could very well be his last inning as a Cleveland Indian had a very fitting outing. That double he gave up was hilarious and a run scored so, good riddance sir.
How about Ryan Garko?
AC said it best.. He isn't awful out there.. He can definitely play the position once and awhile. He also went 1-4 with two RBI.
Mark DeRosa played first and he just keeps raking. Can we let him start the season now? 2-3 with a double and his hits aren't mistakes.. They are just clean hard hits that a player hits when he's in the zone.
Ben Francisco had himself a nice dinger. Same for Tony Graffanino... I thoguht it was Trevor Crowe because I wasn't paying attention and I got up and started dancing.
But still, I like Tony, so I'll glady say that dance was for him.
I'm in midseason form damnit, I'm like DeRosa. I'm ready for the season. It's spring training and I'm dancing at home runs.
I'm not going to go any further though or begin to break what down Mark Shapiro said.
Because Terry Pluto pretty much did it.
But still, there are a few things... Because I'm Me.
"On paper, I could make a pretty good case for you why each team will win the division," Shapiro said. "And then we can go through that list again, and I can tell you why that team won't win the division. And our team is in that group."Yeah same here.. A few weeks ago I had it.. Cleveland, Minnesota, Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City.
Today.. I've changed.. Cleveland, Minnesota, KANSAS CITY!, Chicago, Detroit.
Yeah KC Third.. I'm pretty freaking crazy lately... Tomorrow I might change it to put the Chicago White Sox third... I don't know...
"Every time I walk down to the Minor League fields and watch them play, it reinforces the depth of talent we've got," Shapiro said. "I'm not prone to creating expectations in that area, but, with the realities of our market, that's essential to how we conduct our business. It's talent we can build around for years to come."I commented on Kinston as well.. Really.. I hope to see all three, Columbus, Akron, and Kinston doing very well, at least at the start of the season when all these talented players are in their place.
This farm system is very good and very deep right now.
Finally.. Adam Miller.. More stuff on him.
"You just continue to hope for the best and watch it quietly and be impressed with the kid's toughness and adaptability," Shapiro said. "It's been nothing short of remarkable what he's done so far. It's been a positive and exciting to watch."Yeah.. A lot of remarkable stuff going on with these relief pitchers lately... Early bit of "Good luck"? I hope so.
You will have noticed that I have not brought upt he name Gary Sheffield. Yeah he was cut by the Tigers, which is hilarious in it's own right, but I didn't even entertain the thought of the possibility.
Like AC pointed out, the first thing he'd do is knock out our starting second baseman and number two pitcher. That jackass.. Ah, I hope he lands int he AL so he can get another shot at us and show what a dinkus he is.
Another board update coming soon, because AC released the Triple-A and Double-A rotations. Cassel over Ohka for the last Columbus spot, Lofgren got himself one in Akron, good for him.