Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Return of Joe Blow

Leave it to the Tribe's cold bats to prevent Cliff Lee from notching his 12th win... then leave it to Joe Borowski to really blow things up. With two outs and no one on in the bottom of the 10th and the Tribe hanging onto a 2-1 lead, Joe Blow first served up a home run to weak-hitting Alexei Ramirez. Then he went on to give up two more hits and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory yet again. The Indians' miserable four-game slide continues and I'm at a point where I've run out of ways to describe my level of disappointment (and now disinterest) in this team.

Believe it or not, this picture was taken when Borowski was running in from the bullpen

I was talking to my buddy at the game last Friday, recalling the Tribe's poor '06 season. But at least in that season you felt like they were trying to build towards the future. I just don't see the logic anymore of playing guys like David Dellucci and Joe Borowski on a daily basis. At some point you need to give up hope and start trying to retool for next year. 11.5 games out on July 2 and in sole possession of last place - it's time to raise the white flag. And that's coming from as big a Cleveland homer as you'll find.

But never fear Tribe fans - Eric Wedge isn't ready to concede anything. Great. Terry Pluto wonders if the Indians' youth is being wasted this year. And Sheldon Ocker tells us to expect new faces in the bullpen soon - and yes he did drop the dreaded Mastny reference there. Yikes.

Browns Update: Joe Jurevicius sounds like he really won't be ready for the start of training camp on the 23rd. A fourth surgery already this offseason? I'll be happy if he plays before the bye week at this point. And it makes the Donte Stallworth signing that much smarter.


sportsgirl132 said...

The fact that Lee has been able to notch even 11 wins behind this band of scrubs is pretty amazing in and of itself. But, wins are the least effective means of evaluating pitching success...too many intangibles. ( Reminds me of last year and the outright indignation of Bostonians that Beckett had 20 wins and lost the Cy Young to Sabathia).

Please tell me that I am right when I say that Borowski is a free agent after this season. I thought this was his option year.

LOL about the photo. Any hitter seeing Borowski come in to pitch will be getting the "swing away" sign from their coach. Jesus, he's probably the ONLY one capable of resuscitating our lineup. Someone needs to let him throw batting practice already!

Kinda funny. When I was reading the Jurevicius blurb, I was thinking the same darn thing about Stallworth.

chiefwahoo56 said...

Never fear sportsgirl, Borowski is indeed a free agent after this year!