When I saw that the Indians were facing a soft-throwing left handed pitcher that was making his second major league start, I pretty much knew how this was going to turn out. The Indians are 5-14 (today’s game included) against left-handed pitching. They are just 1-4 this season against pitchers making their first or second major league start. In fact according to ESPN Stats and Info, Dallas Keutchel is the first Astros starter to pitch a complete game, surrendering one run or less in his first or second major league start, since Randy Niemann in 1979. FYI – I was born in 1979, so that’s pretty much my entire life. Ladies and gentlemen – your 2012 Cleveland Indians offense.
I want to make sure to save enough of my ire for Jeanmar Gomez. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a Gomez fan since his Akron days. Unfortunately, I think it’s time for the Colum-bus to come and take him for a stint at Triple-A. Switch him out for Zach McAllister and let Gomez try to solve his problems with the Clippers. In his last 6 starts, Gomez is 1-5 with a 7.92 ERA and 8 home runs surrendered. Batters are hitting over .300 off him. The most painful part of today’s game is that Gomez took a perfect game into the 5th inning. Once the wheels fell off, they fell off. That seems to be a trend with him; he does really well until he hits a patch of trouble, or until he goes through the lineup a second time.
I decided to go to the Larchmere Porch Fest today and was keepomg track of the game on my phone. I figured that Gomez may be pitching for a spot in the rotation at this point, and when I saw that he was doing so well, I hastened to find a television. The second I got to a bar showing the game, Gomez gave up a double and it all went downhill from there. (I found a bar serving mead later in the day, so it wasn’t a wasted outing at least.)
I don’t have much to say about the offense (other than the fact that it was bad). An early home run by Asdrubal Cabrera produced the lone run…otherwise there was nothing much to speak of. There are rumors that the Indians are in the hunt to acquire Kevin Youkilis, but I’m not sure what I think about that. I’m tired of seeing the Tribe just simply owned by left-handed pitching, but I fear that my desperation is causing me to think unrationally.
My friend is an Astros fan and I asked him to give me a scouting report on them prior to the series. He told me that they were kind of unpredictable, yet tended to play fairly well at home, typically winning at least one game a series. (That makes me hope that the Indians can still take the series on Sunday.) The Astros usually do poorly in the first inning and Brad Mills tends to panic and use too many relievers. (Last night Matt Underwood and Rick Manning mentioned that Mills once used 7 pitchers for 7 batters). My friend has also referred to J.A. Happ as “Happless” so you have to hope tomorrow will be better…Happ is left handed though, so he’ll probably look like Cy Young against these guys.