Yesterday morning, my friend Nick, who opens the YMCA every day at 5:30 a.m. (bless his heart), commented that the Indians-Rockies series was what the 2007 World Series should have been. It’s a nice thought, but I think we could have beat them in 2007. Right now, we haven’t been able to beat them in the last two games. What makes it more frustrating is that we came awfully close to winning it last night. Yes, hindsight is 20-20, but it doesn’t take much hindsight or foresight to realize that when it’s the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the game is literally on the line, the guy you send in to pinch hit is not Austin Kearns. He’s just really… mediocre is the word that comes to mind. In the clutch, you don’t want mediocre. Acta’s choices were somewhat limited–he had Everett, Kearns, and Orlando Cabrera available to bat. Out of those three, I would have used O. Cab, who has 5 go-ahead hits this year, more than Everett (0) and Kearns (1) combined.
Acta used 12 of his 13 position players last night. It makes me wonder if we really need a 7-man bullpen. I’d prefer a 6-man bullpen with a 14th man on the bench. I don’t know that Lonnie Chisenhall is ready yet, but Ezequiel Carrera is close. He only had 8 at-bats (and two hits) when we brought him up in in May from AAA Columbus. It took Cord Phelps 8 at-bats before he got his first major league hit, and then another 8 before he got his second. But the team gave him a little time and he seems to be finding his groove. If we had given Carrera a little time, I think he would have found his groove too. I’d rather have Carrera’s speed on the bench than both Chad Durbin and Frank Herrmann and their somewhat bloated ERAs in the bullpen.
No, this is not the 2007 World Series that should have been, thank goodness. Let’s hope this series doesn’t end for the Tribe like it did for the Rockies then–no more sweeps, please.