August 10th, 2011 DC Show Report
Do you know what I have no patience for? Waiting. Seriously. Pft. I have not the time for it.
After last night…well, see where I’m going with this?
The twist on the ‘War and Peace’ epic long win of the Indians from yesterday that ended so late it was early this morning, is that on one hand you had to wait through a 2 plus hour rain delay to see a 14 inning game play out that obviously would have been long enough without an extended intermission. Though the torrential downpour and hail was entertaining too. And on the other hand, the thing I bet on in yesterday’s DC Show Report, I didn’t have to wait at all for.
So for the sake of a bad pun, we’ll call it a wash.
With what we had to take away from last week going into this series with Detroit, the biggest question seemed to be one that we hadn’t had to consider all year: Would, or could, the Tribe bullpen answer the call? With the meltdown of giving up the last 4 losses (by allowing 11 runs in 17.1 innings), the Tribe’s reliable relief work looked to be all of sudden full of questions.
Is Joe Smith as good as his ERA suggested when for most the season he led all relief work in that category? Is Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp as dominant a pair of left handed middle inning workers you’ll find in the AL? IsVinnie Pestano actually better than how entertaining he is to watch run full speed to the mound when called upon? Is Frank Herrman more than just the 15th Harvard grad to ever make the bigs? Is Chad Durbin more than a veteran who’s best days were well past him by the time the club picked him up in the offseason? And, probably most importantly, is Chris Perez actually the turn out the lights the parties over, closer, he would have us all believe him to be?
Those are a lot of questions. And we were all asking them. Last night, at least for 12 innings, the ‘Bullpen Mafia’ all chimed in with an emphatic, yes.
And by the way, I can tell when you folks are clicking on the links I painstakingly attach for you and when you’re not. In that, I know you’re mostly not. Caught you. Know you’re only cheating yourself by not clicking on them (well, most of them anyway), but especially that one for the ‘Bullpen Mafia’.
A dozen innings, half as many hits allowed, 11 strikeouts, and more importantly, no runs.
Just like a week does not make a season, one game (no matter how many innings it goes) does not change the week of games that lead up to it. But damn, wasn’t that a great win last night?
That said, now 12 wins in a row over Detroit at Progressive Field and only 3 games behind them on the path back to 1st place, and here’s to not having to wait as long tonight to see another win over the Tigers.
PS – For the Browns news that’s news, Colt McCoy is starting to look better in practice according to the PD beat of Tony Grossi, and Massaquoi is out of his cast and in a walking boot (still watching from the sideline). There was also a pretty good story about rookie Jabaal Sheard in today’s paper (by Grossi again) in how the big fella is learning against one of the best there is in Joe Thomas. What does all this translate too? Yep, still just practicing in Berea. The bigger story, Ubaldo Jimenez going for the Tribe in his second start tonight. Hope you made plans for it, I know I have.
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