Posted at 11:47 AM on September 15, 2006
by Ben Tesch
So Liriano gets a second MRI and it shows no new damage. There was a pop and some pain, but the exam comes back exactly the same as the previous one? Weird. Someone better figure this thing out, because if he needs surgery, he should get it now. He supposedly didn't need it before, but obviously there's something going on. Is there an elbow specialist in the house?
Also, suddenly the Twins are only 1 game behind the Tigers, after their half-comeback in Cleveland. The Twins explode in the second half of the game, with Torii and Rondell of all people having the best hitting nights. Not only did the Twins end up getting 9 runs on 15 hits, but they collectively left 31 batters on base. 31! Weird.
The other thing I was going to mention: the Indians used 9 pitchers in the game. Nine!
The Indians use of 9 pitchers isn't unusual for a team in their position. They've got to see what they've got and they've brought a lot of Buffalo people up in the last few months. Time is running out to evaluate what they've got before the off-season comes and they've got to go get what they need.
Wedge is trying to figure out what they need.
Of course, I could tell him. They need a boat large enough to hold all the pitchers on the team not named Sabbathia or Sowers and an unseen shoal somewhere.
Is it just me or should Eric Wedge be out of a job?
Eric Wedge's boss should get him a bullpen.
Hey, Cliff Lee isn't all that bad. It's kind of ridiculous that earlier in the year they traded their only closer on the roster, but Mastny has stepped in nicely.
The Wickman trade wasn't ridiculous at all. Considering his age and the fact he's given every indication this will be his last season and given the fact the Indians were 15 games out of first place and had -- and still have -- no hope of being competitive this year, it was a very logical move.
and, yes, Eric Wedge should be out of a job. And not just for this year. Wedge -- for four straight years -- has taken a team into the season that immediately tanked.
the fact the Indians righted themselves in mid-summer in two of the years -- to lose out on the playoffs by just one game last year -- doesn't diminish his results.
The Indians have also bought into and preached the "it's early" syndrome for the last two years, choosing to believe their problems will heal themselves. For two years, it wasn't too early. It was actually too late.