I plan to have some thoughts and observations here on the Indians game with the Angels this afternoon. Keep an eye out for them!
I’m jumping in a bit late, it’s the middle of the second. Scott Kazmir has looked sharp so far. I also had no idea Michael Bourn was so tiny.
Weaver seems a bit all over the place for Anaheim. Incredible jump by Drew Stubbs, plus he can fly. They never came close to catching him on that steal.
There’s a great crowd here today, one of the largest I’ve seen in my 5 years of coming here.
Kazmir has looked pretty solid through four innings, and Weaver has looked sharp as well. It’s quite the spring training pitcher’s duel.
Chris Perez walked by a few minutes ago and his arm was still attached to his body. That’s my expert medical report.
Scoreless through 4 complete. Each team has 3 hits so far, as Kazmir battles his former teammate.
In the top of the 6th, it’s still 0-0 and Dice-K has entered the game. He’s faced some good Angels hitters – Callaspo, Trumbo, Hamilton, and Kendrick. He got 2 groundouts, and gave up a hit to Hamilton.
Holy cow, Mike McDade just walked by and he is ginormous. In my head he had a Chisenhall-physique. I apparently never paid attention to his height and weight numbers.
Something happened to Dice-K…he just left through a door in the outfield wall with his translator and a trainer. Matt Langwell is getting warmed up now.
I feel bad for Vernon Wells sometimes, but I guess he can use piles of money to wipe his tears.
In the bottom of the 7th, the Angels threw to first about 1,000 times to hold Drew Stubbs. They were really worried about him running. He should be fun to watch on the bases this season.
The world’s biggest Cedric Hunter fans are behind me.
The Angels fans next to me are annoyed by Kole Calhoun. They keep hoping they’ll put Pujols in, but I’m pretty sure he would have been in by the 8th inning if they were going to use him.
There is a guy behind me doing a blow by blow of Tyler Holt’s leads off first. “He’s three steps away, better throw over!” He’s not exactly helping anyone, but he is entertaining.
The Cedric Hunter fan club pays off! He singles to right and Tyler Holt advances to third with one out in the bottom of the 9th.
Nice steal by Hunter to eliminate the double play. The Indians have looked good on the bases today.
And of course as soon as I type that sentence, Tyler Holt gets caught in a rundown between third and home.
They won’t bother with a 10th; the Indians had their chances late. The game ends 0-0.
I’ll have a few wrap-up thoughts in a bit, otherwise I’ll be doing the Indians-White Sox game in Glendale on Wednesday.
Overall this game moved at a pretty fast pace…easy to do when there are minimal base runners and no runs scored. The pitching for both teams looked solid, and I was impressed by Scott Kazmir. Dice-K looked pretty good as well, prior to his injury. I imagine that we’re getting close to where you can say that the fifth spot in the rotation is Kazmir’s to lose at this point. I was a bit surprised they made the McAllister decision so quickly; at this point I think that if you only have one spot left it goes to Kazmir. I think it would take an injury, or a phenomenal amount of struggles on his part once he’s stretched beyond four innings.
Not a lot of offense today, but Drew Stubbs looked great on the basepaths and obviously had the attention of Anaheim’s pitchers once he was on first. I heard this one is on a delayed replay on the MLB Network – it’s worth setting your DVRs to watch it. Despite the 0-0 score it was a good game, and the pitching was pretty fun to watch.