It’s hard to write about yet another Indians loss because, well, there have been so many lately that it’s increasingly challenging to find a new way to talk about the Tribe dropping another one. And tonight they did it again, getting beat by the Royals 5-3. This defeat raises several questions for me.
1) How is it that Ubaldo Jimenez only has an ERA of 5.55? It feels like it should be somewhere around 8.50. Or 37.0. He had two bad innings tonight, allowing 2 runs in the 1st and then loading the bases in the 5th before getting yanked and replaced by Chris Seddon. Three more runs scored, all charged to Jimenez. He threw a bit over half (55%) of his pitches for strikes–not wretched horrible but certainly not good. Not good enough to avoid another licking by the Royals. We’ve now lost 7 in a row to them (and 8 of our last 10 against KC).
2) Why pinch hit Casey Kotchman for Thomas Neal? We’ve had all season to see what Kotchman can’t do at the plate. Neal has had only 16 at-bats in five games since we bought him up September 1st. How are you going to determine how he handles major league pitching if you don’t play him?
3) Speaking of Kotchman, while it’s been great to have confidence in the glove at first base this season, he hasn’t been much of a hitter for us. And he’s another lefty in a lineup rotten with left-handers. Then along comes Russ Canzler, a big ole’ right-handed hitter who seems to get the groove of major league hitting from the get-go and has a decent defensive track record at first base as a minor leaguer. So, yeah, I’d like to see more Canzler.
4) In the top of the 9th, why the hell did Shin-Soo Choo try to stretch that hit to a double?
5) What will we do with Cord Phelps next season? He has a lot of potential and seems to be in the team’s long-term plans. However, we already have a second baseman, and we like him just fine. This is one of the few “good” problems facing the Indians. Would that we had too many talented left fielders too.
This latest thumping gives the Tribe a 62-90 record. There are 10 games left in the season. A 100-loss season is still possible. That’s too depressing a thought to leave you with, though. Here’s a picture to make you feel better. It’s of a stinking cute Corgi jumping over a hurdle.