Monday, April 12, 2010

Indians PItcher Kerry Wood

You have to wonder why the Indians would spend what little free agent money they had last year on Kerry Wood. It didn't make much sense to think that a group of has-beens, never were's and never gonna be's could get enough games to the late innings with an Indians lead for him to save.

Now that he is injured, there really doesn't seem to be much difference. The team still blows the games late. Somebody has to win the close games, but it doesn't seem like it will be the Tribe very often. The big bucks they paid to him wouldn't have helped the team much anyway.

He won't put anybody in the seats, either, since no one knows when he's goint to get into the game. At least fans would turn out when Cliff Lee was pitching.

On a funny note, I would following the game on Yahoo Sports and they have pictures of the players as they come to bat. Ryan Garko was still wearing his Indians hat. Players move around quickly these days.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Why Cold Weather Baseball Teams Lose

The Tribe played it's first 6 games on the road, and they will be on the Road for 15 or their first 21. Yes, it will help attendance in that more games will be played in warmer weather, but since away teams have a worse record, it is going to make it more likely that they have a poorer record when they play all those games at home.

Which, as things work, means they are going to have poorer attendance, since fewer fans go to teams with lousy records. It is possible to overcome that, but with this teams prospects (and I mean that in two ways) it isn't likely.

2-4 in those first 6 games, and they have lost in different ways, bad starting pitching, a poor bullpen, and no hitting.

The Indians are now 2-3

The bats have been mostly silent, no consistency throughout the line-up. I suppose that's to be expected with some very young players mixed in.

Pitching has done reasonably well, but it is early and cold, and when the bats warm up, we will see how these guys do. Pretty much what was expected from the team at this point.

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Cleveland Indians Manager Manny Acta

Manny Acta is the new Tribe Skipper for 2010. He is now 40 years old, which makes him reasonably young, typical for a Mark Shapiro hire.

He was manager of the Washington Nationals, a perennial doormat in the National League. He wasn't able to turn that around. The team improved slighty the first year, but had a worse record each succeeding year he was there.

Of course, the reason managers are available is almost always because they got fired somewhere else. Tribe fans can hope Acta learned some things in Washington.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the stats.


Who Are These New Cleveland Indians?

If you remember the beginning of the movie, Major League, one of the questions the fans were asking was "Who are these guys?" For the last few years, there has been so much turnover with the Cleveland Indians, people are again asking that question.

So for now, that's what this blog is trying to answer. With the need to continue a reduced payroll, it is likely Tribe Fans will continue to see players come and go quickly. And maybe coaches as well. We will try to keep you up to date on what is happening.