It’s a long season and we’ll see plenty more of the Tigers (17 games to be exact), but it’s sure nice to get that first victory out of the way. With the win, the Tribe snaps a 10-game losing streak to Detroit and they extend their lead over the Tigers to four games.

A few other thoughts on the game…

  • Ubaldo Jimenez continues to be a disappointment. Yes, he picked up the win and technically was credited with a quality start tonight, but that performance was anything but quality. He’s just the 3rd Indians pitcher since 2000 to walk six and allow five hits and still pick up the victory. In other words, it was a fluke. Jimenez has now walked five or more five times this season – the only other team with that many five-walk starts is the Blue Jays (also five).
  • Chris Perez got a well-deserved standing ovation as he entered the game in the 9th. I was thrilled to see the majority of fans realize his frustration was understandable and embrace the fact the he feels passionately enough to even express his feelings. We’re lucky to have a guy like Perez who is so willing to interact with the fans and it’s great to see the fans embrace him.
  • Shin-Soo Choo went 2-4 with two runs scored tonight and his now batting .394 with a .487 OBP since moving into the leadoff slot. If Choo can continue to produce in the leadoff role, I’ll take our 1-2-3 hitters over Detroit’s. Obviously they win the battle of 3-4-5 hitters, but if the top of our order can set the table,¬†Hafner and Santana are more than capable of driving in the runs.
  • It was nice to see Casey Kotchman come up with a clutch hit. His RBI single in the 6th inning was his first go-ahead RBI in the 3rd inning or later this season. Every other go-ahead RBI Kotchman had produced had been in a 0-0 game in 2nd inning.
  • At what point do the Indians decide the Johnny Damon experiment isn’t working? Surely Aaron Cunningham or Matt LaPorta, who continues to tear it up in Columbus, could produce more than Damon – both on offense and defense. Damon was 0-3 with two strikeouts tonight before being replaced by Cunningham in left.

11 Comments

  • Robobubba says:

    I got news for you Jackson. Ubaldo is pitching just like he always does. He sucks in the first half of the year and then finds himself around the All-Star break when you really need him to dominate. So, live with it.

    • Ryan McCrystal says:

      Robobubba, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In the previous two seasons, Jimenez has a first-half ERA of 3.07 and a second-half era of 4.53

  • Mark says:

    -The standing ovation, I assure you, was partially patronizing.

    -You have to give Damon more than a few weeks to heat up. The guy missed spring training. You don’t pull the plug in 3 weeks when you bring a guy in cold. Note: Tearing it up in the minors means that you might be good enough to bat 8th in the majors. In 270 MLB games, LaPorta has so far been a monumental disappointment. I wouldn’t be in to big of a hurry to bring that 238 average back up to replace a heady veteran who, based on recent history, is still well capable of contributing.

    • norm says:

      It would one thing to wait for Damon’s bat to come around if he was contributing defensively. Last night after catching a fly ball in the first he one hopped the throw to Asdrubal. Obviously that was one throw, but he has always been known for having a week arm. When all you are here for is your offence I would expect more than a .160 average

  • Max Alvis says:

    I agree w/ Mark on Damon. You can always bring up those guys from Columbus in the middle of the season or later for an injured player, hopefully not the clutch-hitting Hannahan. Also, Damon could provide a steady clubhouse influence to a team that tanked midway through last season. He’s at least drawing some walks(9/67 PA, has a good lifetime average against LHP & RHP & has an amazing .380[84/221] career average with the bases loaded(an area that we’ve struggled in all year). Stay patient with him, especially if the Tribe keeps winning. As for Ubaldo, he could be facing a difficult second half of the season.

  • Jenson says:

    I totally agree, I thought the standing ovation might have been a little patronizing as well..the best part though was the announcer stating “They are giving him a standing ovation…but there aren’t alot of them” HAha

    In regards to LaPorta I believe he is out of options so if/when the Indians to call him up to play LF its probably going to be his last chance to prove to the club he’s not just a 4-A player!

  • Aaron says:

    While I agree that Ubaldo has been a dissapointment, I think it was great to see him battle and get through this one with only giving up 3, on a homer. Hopefully this spring boards him forward. If this can be his worst start in his next 5 that would be great. He has to get the confidence back and start pounding the strikezone consistently.

    Matt LaPorta tearing it up in Columbus? Never heard that before.

  • I think you should definitely check out LaPorta’s home/road splits in AAA before anointing him our savior (thanks as always to Mr. Pluto). It amazes me how much people are willing to forget now that The Door is hitting again in AAA.

  • Dave Dakolios says:

    Can Jose Lopez play left field when Hannahan comes back?

    • Ryan McCrystal says:

      Interesting thought. Lopez hasn’t played the outfield since joining the Mariners farm system 12 years ago, so I’m guessing it won’t happen, but it’s something to consider. Duncan and Damon aren’t exactly assets in the field, so it might be worth at least letting him shag some flies before a game to see what he can do.

  • Rick Kirschenbaum says:

    Damon will come around but if he does not before July he will be gone. I think this years Indians team though they dont hit to well, know how to win games so I am expecting them to go all the way. Yes World Series winners, Cleveland Indians. As for the attendance, I live in South America and still follow the tribe and I am very disappointed on the Cleveland fans for not showing more support to this team.

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