I almost pushed the panic button last week even though I said there was no need to. I got a bit worried once they dropped a game 11-1 against Toronto, a team I thought we should beat. which put us 1-5 in the past 6 games at that point. However, the team has found its feet again thanks to a couple of nice arrivals by players finally coming around from injury.
During the period when the Indians were struggling, both Talbot and Sizemore were back. However, they may as well could have stayed injured. Sizemore went 0-12 with 7 strikeouts and Talbot got rocked in his first outing, giving up 8 runs on 12 hits in just 3 innings (which included a 7 run first). Thankfully, they did not start to have a long losing streak and won 2 in a row to take the series against Toronto. While that 9 game stretch looked pretty awful at one point, 4-5 against the Sox/Rays/Blue Jays doesn’t look all that bad, especially when you consider 6 of those 9 games were on the road. Talbot and Sizemore were able to bounce back and have been key factors now that the Indians are doing better. Talbot was lights out, giving up one run and 6 hits over 6 2/3 innings. That is a heck of a bounceback from 8 runs in 3 innings. Sizemore has also started to hit well the last few games, going 5-13 with 4 Doubles and 5 RBIs.
The Indians really needed his extra bat in the lineup. From the beginning of the Boston series until the point where Sizemore started hitting, the offense was scoring 1.57 runs a game, a truly pitiful mark. Thankfully, some of the Indians’ struggling young bats have stepped it up too. Before this past week, Matt Laporta had gone almost a whole month (April29th-May) with hitting only one home run and in the past week, he has hit 3. Carlos Santana is also finally hitting some. he has been in a slump all year, but has raised his average now to .234 because he has gone 9-19 in the past 7 games and has an 8/1 walk/strikout ratio. His eye has been incredible this year and he has made contact, but now he is finally getting good contact on the swings ha makes and placing the ball in the right spots.
The Indians unfortunately lost last night, but it was to another good team. The Texas Rangers are the defending world champions and when their pitching is on, they are dangerous. The Indians were able to score three runs in the 2nd inning off of Dave Bush, but after that he settled in and the Rangers’ hitters found a groove against Carlos Carrasco. Hestruggled at times to find his control (no strikeouts, 2 walks) and left a few pitches over the plate. He has incredible stuff but sometimes, he can’t even control it and thats what happened. He had too much break on his slider at times and couldn’t predict it and this led to a couple juicy pitches over the plate. The ability to control your pitches comes with experience and he has shown flashes, he just hasn’t shown consistency.
The Rangers are a great hitting team so giving up 5 earned runs in a game isn’t terrible, the Indians just couldn’t capitalize on offense. The Indians will need to score more runs than they did yesterday, because the Rangers starters they will face only get harder.
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Written by Bradley Ross
Bradley Ross was born and lived most of his life in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. He grew up with a passion for sports and Cleveland teams, instilled in him by his father. He is currently studying Business/Journalism at Cuyahoga Community College and plans on transferring to the Ohio State University in the winter with an expected graduation date of 2013. He is currently a Staff Writer for the Tri-C Voice Newspaper, which was a recipient of an award for the best non-daily newspaper at a 2 year college (northeast region). He runs multiple blogs off of the blogger platform including The Take By The Lake, a sports blog. Sports is his passion and he enjoys being able to write about them and cover them. He also enjoys improvisational humor, long walks on the beach, and writing in the 3rd person. Follow him on Twitter @BRoss_Voice.