Unfortunately, we’ve seen this before. Crooked numbers for them and mostly goose-eggs for us, culminating in a 14-1 morale-murdering whipping of the Tribe.
I shouldn’t need to remind you that there’s no A-Rod, Granderson, or Teixiera, but I will.
Tonight was a clinic of how a pitcher should and should not handle himself on the mound. Andy Pettitte was the teacher; calm, collected and working the corners surgically as he has since the dawn of time. Carlos Carrasco remains the immature prospect with promise who still has much to learn.
Most of baseball’s talking heads nationwide said that the major stumbling block of the Indians’ quest for a quick return to contention is the starting rotation. If there was ever a grade-A example of this, it was yesterday and tonight.
Carrasco made first start in over a calender year after missing all of last season following Tommy John surgery. Ironically, it is a start that was coincidentally delayed due to a suspension that was upheld for a bench clearing incident with the Royals late in the 2011 season. That hot-headedness revealed itself again as he plunked Kevin Youkilis on the shoulder after surrendering the third homer in two days to the suddenly-hot Robinson Cano. Youkilis would exact revenge in the top of the sixth with a two-run shot off of Brett Myers who relieved Carrasco after he was tossed. (To be honest, though, I’m not sure he was coming out for the next inning, anyway.)
While Carrasco’s immaturity is a major subplot to tonight’s shellacking, the defense did themselves no favors early or late. Mike Aviles got the start at third and promptly bobbled a ball that lead to New York’s first two runs of the game. Drew Stubbs got the start in center, and he seemed to lose the ball in the lights that plated two more runs. Carrasco would also give up a line-drive homer to Ichiro that would put the Yankees up 5-0 and on cruise control before Carrasco’s frustrations got the best of him.
Trailing 9-0, Asdrubal Cabrera gets us on the board with a solo-shot to left-center, only to have Myers give up two more homers sandwiched an RBI double from Babe Cano. Myers took one for the team tonight, as he finished the final 5 1/3 innings in saving the bullpen.
If you’re reading this far, you know not to react too much to what happens in the first week of the season, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the good vibes I had following a strong road trip have pretty much evaporated. It’s a dose of reality that shows that the Tribe still has a long way to go. B-Team or not.
W: Andy Pettitte (2-0); L: Carlos Carrasco (0-1); Player of the Game: Robinson Cano: 4-6 (2-Run HR; 2 2B; 5 RBI)