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August 5th, 2011 DC Show Report

Tonight is the night. Ubaldo. I don’t know what I like more, the fact that our ace Justin Masterson pitched another fine game against Boston stopping a slide (and got the win to show for it, which has been rare), or that he’s now going to be followed in the rotation by another ace, Mr. Ubaldo Jimenez. I think this is a case of having your cake and eating it too. Of course if you want cake, and ordered cake, why in the world would you not eat it?! Masochist.

One of many interesting things of note as the Indians welcome Ubaldo Jimenez officially to uniform tonight in Texas is that at the young age of 27, he’s now the oldest pitcher in our rotation. 27 is the average age of the team which has been stated many times all year, making this club the 2nd youngest team in baseball, following last year where they were the youngest. As Tim Kirkjian touched on in this quite good article about the Tribe and the “Trade”, the team went 30-15 to start the year and have since gone 25- 39 which is the third worst record from that point ahead of only 2 other teams, the 2 teams that litter the bottom of the West and East AL divisions, Seattle and Baltimore.

Our pitching which is young, is the only reason why this team is still in it to win it after such a bad stretch that finds holding on only one game above .5oo at 55-54. And now they have another ace.

I also really love his name if you haven’t heard, and this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Pwoqliogcs

 

I’m in Pittsburgh currently after seeing the Pirates lose their 7th in a row last night (and 9 of their last 10) to an enthusiastic, then disappointed PNC Park crowd. If you’re a fan of baseball, you must see a game at PNC Park. Literally, the best “new” park in all of baseball. Just gorgeous in every sense. Off now though to enjoy brunch on the Strip District at legendary Pamela’s Diner and then to the Mattress Factory Art Museum.

Love this city even if Cleveland blinders suggest otherwise. Foolish, this city is a gem. And no, I was not even tempted in the slightest to buy a Pirates hat even when faced with this:

 

That said, I also was not tempted to wish to ever see a pitcher hit National League style either. Stupid. Pitchers pitch, hitters hit. They both should do no other thing at this level. And I say this after Pitt pitcher James McDonald put his team up with a bases loaded clearing double in the 4th. But, to prove my point, after 70 official at bats over 3 years those 3 RBI marked McDonald’s first, second and third RBI, ever. Pitchers should pitch, hitters should be the only ones allowed to hit.

 

-Mike James

PS – The Browns practiced again. New CBA was signed this morning in Canton though, and the year officially has begun. And they’ll celebrate today by more practice.

Oh, and congrats to one of Cleveland’s best bands ‘Scarcity of Tanks’ getting some love in Pitchfork this morning. Check out Matthew Wascovich and John Petkovic (and Pick! sneaking in the corner of the photo) and the write up here: http://pitchfork.com/features/the-out-door/8012-the-out-door-16/

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