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Tribe vs. A’s Wrap: Good, Bad & Ugly

Posted by Fred on April 14, 2008

The Tribe dropped two of three to the A’s at Progressive Field over the weekend, and the whole series could probably be described as ugly.  Cleveland gave up 16 runs in the first two games, losing 9-7 on Friday night and 7-3 on Saturday.  Cliff Lee salvaged the series yesterday, leading the team to a 7-1 win.  In 12 games in 2008, Cleveland pitchers have allowed 6 or more runs 7 times, going 1-6 in those games.  When giving up 5 or fewer runs, the team is 4-1.

The Good

  1. Grady Sizemore.  Grady remains one of the team’s most consistent hitters, and now sports a .313 average and .821 OPS on the year.  Over the weekend, he went 4-for-12 with 2 runs scored, 4 RBI and a stolen base.  He also only struck out once in those 12 AB, significantly better than his season average.
  2. Ryan Garko.  Right now, Garko leads the team in both batting average (.325) and OPS (.960).  Against the A’s, Garko was 4-for-10, with two doubles, 2 RBI and a run.  He also walked twice and did not strike out, giving him a 1.100 OPS for the weekend.
  3. David Dellucci.  The half of Eric Wedge’s outfield platoon that seems to actually be able to hit (Dellucci is hitting .273 on the year, to Jason Michaels’ .111), Dellucci had 3 hits, including a double, in 9 AB against Oakland.  He drove in 3 runs and scored 2.
  4. Cliff Lee. A year after being relegated to the minors, Lee has a 0.61 ERA in two starts.  Yesterday against the A’s, he went 8 innings, giving up 1 ER on 2 hits.  He struck out 8 and didn’t walk anybody.  Overall, Lee has struck out 12 and only walked 1 in 14.2 innings of work.  He has 2 of the team’s 5 wins.
  5. Rafael Betancourt and Masahide Kobayashi.  Betancourt and Kobayashi were the highlights of a decent bullpen performance, pitching a total of 4 innings while giving up 2 hits and 0 ER.  Kobayashi walked 1 and struck out 1, while Betancourt had 2 strikeouts and no walks.

The Bad

  1. Asdrubal Cabrera.  Cabrera had more strikeouts (3) than hits (2) over the weekend, and was benched in favor of Jamey Carroll for part of Saturday’s game (in which Carroll had the unusual line of 1 AB, 1 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP).  Cabrera managed only two singles in his 10 AB, scoring one run.
  2. Victor Martinez.  Victor was 1-for-11 over the weekend, with 0 R and 0 RBI.  Since coming back from his opening day injury, the Tribe backstop has only 4 hits in 21 AB, for a .190 average.  Thanks to a good opening day, he’s still hitting .261 overall.
  3. Casey Blake.  For the weekend, Casey was 0-for-8 with one run scored (following a fielder’s choice groundout) and one RBI (on a groundout).  For the year, Casey is hitting only .167.
  4. C.C. Sabathia.  A year removed from the AL Cy Young, C.C. had his third bad start in a row, failing to get out of the 4th inning while giving up 9 ER on 12 hits.  In three starts, C.C. has given up 18 ER and 24 hits in 14 IP.  His overall ERA is 11.57, second only to Joe Borowski’s 13.50.  Is it bad that a tiny little part of me hopes he keeps it up so his market value drops?

The Ugly

  1. Franklin Gutierrez.  Overall, Gutz’ performance for the series wasn’t atrocious, as he managed to get 2 doubles in his 8 AB.  However, Gutierrez was hitless in two prime RBI opportunities in Saturday’s game, striking out with runners on the corners in the 4th and hitting a weak pop-up to right with the bases loaded and one out in the 6th.  The A’s blew the game open with a 3-run HR in the 7th, and it might have been a different game had the Tribe taken a lead in the 4th or 6th.
  2. Fausto Carmona.  Fausto was positively horrible on Saturday, giving up 2 hits and walking 8 in 3 1/3 innings of work.  he managed to pitch out much of the trouble, but his failure to make it out of the 4th inning a day after C.C. did the same meant an overtaxed bullpen was forced to keep the game close, which they did for a while.
  3. Rafael Perez.  After Carmona left the game, Jensen Lewis got through the sixth inning without any further damage, giving up 2 hits and walking 1.  Unfortunately, Perez cannot say the same, and coughed up 4 ER on 3 hits, with the big blow coming in the form of bobby Crosby’s 3-run homer.  Neither of the Rafaels have been able to match their stellar 2007 performances, but so far Perez is worse, with a 9.00 ERA in 5 appearances.

The Tribe now sits at 5-7 on the year after a 2-0 start.  the only saving grace is that Detroit has been even worse, and Cleveland sits only 2.5 games back of the Central-leading White Sox.  Next up is tow games against the slow-starting Red Sox, who are 7-6 in 2008.  Jake Westbrook (1-1, 2.76) faces Jon Lester (1-2, 4.50) in tonight’s opener.  Paul Byrd (0-2, 11.05) takes on Tim Wakefield (1-2, 3.27) tomorrow night.

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One Response to “Tribe vs. A’s Wrap: Good, Bad & Ugly”

  1. Ben Keeler said

    No need for concern….its still pretty early

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