With Francona becoming the leader of the Tribe what happens in the offseason??? Let’s evaluate it piece by piece
DH- I don’t see Hafner coming back without a MAJOR pay cut but the Indians have shocked me before. What I do think will happen though is that the Tribe decides to rotate guys in the DH role but guys like Carlos Santana getting the majority of the reps and Matt LaPorta (providing he makes the team)
C- It should stay the same Carlos getting a lot of PT there and Marson getting more
1B- Here’s the position with the most question marks. Will Kotchman be back, will Ruzz Canzler get playing time there, will matt Laporta be back?? We shall see. What i see is Matt Laporta and Casey Kotchman getting the majority of the resp
2b- 1 name KIPNIS
SS- A. CAB
3b- rather kevin youklis signs with cleveland or chistenhall and hanahan get the reps
inf role- look at 3b, phelps might get a shot,lillibridge
OF- Choo are everyday Brantly guys like Lillibridge and Canzler should still get a lot of playing time
2. Free Agent pickup
3. Ubaldo Jimenez
4. Roberto Hernandez
5. David Huff/ Corey Kluber/ Jeanmear Gomez/ Zack McAllister/ Josh Tomlin (they will have to fight it out in Spring)
SU: Vinnie Pestano
MR: Joe Smith
Others (most likely to least likely): Cody Allen, Esmil Rodgers, Rafael Perez, Josh Tomlin, Tony Sipp, Nick Hagadone, Scott Barnes, Frank Herman, Free Agent, Chris Shelden
Choo???- I dont see this happening the Indians I think will try and sign him to a long term deal, he will be in cleveland on oppening day, they might try and get a long term deal done by the end of spring
CP??- With Vinnie being able to close games this deal would make sense especially after Chris’s crude comments this past season, could get a pretty nice return (prospect wise)
Tony Sipp- A name that could pitch well in a different environment he seems like a NL pitcher
Masterson- this doesn’t look to be happening but if a fanastic return this could happen I don’t see it
Hannahan- ONLY if the Indians sign Youk there would be not point in having him with Chistenhall and Youk all on the same roster
Side Note: I feel as if Grady Sizemore will sign a minot league deal in this offseason
Well the first inning did nothing but the next inning the bats were really working it all started with a double by michael brantly, then carlos grounded out not advancing him, duncan would walk in a 10 pitch at-bat, lou marson would then hit a double after jennings dove for a catch and missed it, jack then grounded out and duncan to score, cunningham would then hit a double to finish the scoring for that inning. The next inning would score some runs too. It started with an a cab walk, then lopez would double, brantly would ground out and score one and put lopez on 3rd, santana would then double bringing in a run and that would be all the scoring for that inning for the tribe. Moore would last 4 2/3 and give up 5 earned runs during that duration.
Tampa scored 2 in the 4th on a 2 run home run from the freezing cold luke scott.
Nobody would strike again until the 8th when daddy duncan hit a 2 run bomb to blow the game completely open.
BJ Upton would counter that with a solo home run to lead off the next half inning.
Ubaldo did a fantastic job in his 6 innings of work giving up just 2 runs. He gave up 5 hits, and walked just 1.
Sipp and Pestano both threw a perfect inning while they both struck out a batter.
Rodgers would serve up the Upton HR but other than that he was perfect while striking out 2
MVI- Ubaldo (the one 1 we trded for finally)
Good- Ubaldo, offense, defense without Kotchman
Bad- gave upp 2 HRs I guess?, there was like nothing wrong with this game
The Indians started off hitting well and pitching excellent. Zack McCallister started off pitching a gem going perfect through 2 1/3 and then finally he blew up in the 5th giving up 5 runs, he would then continue another inning of work while joe smith came in. Then vinnie pestano came in and recorded an out, finally the tarps came out and there was a rain delay. About an hour later it was over. The Indians pen then recorded 5 outs without giving a run up giving the indians the win in the game
The offense started with choo getting a triple and then eventually kipnis brought him in with a basehit. Shelly Duncan later got a sac fly in the 2nd. Jack doubled to bring in a run in the same frame. Shelly then in the 4th hit a monster home run. The Indians in the 5th caught the angels with a double from jose lopez. The Indians then took the lead on an Albert Pujols throwing error that brought in two. The Indians then had 2 innings that they scored 1 run in each.
MVI- Shelly Duncan
Good- The Indains pitching was fantastic except in the 5th and the offense supplied many runs
Bad- The error cost the Indians a couple runs, and the pitching in the 5th
Why in the world do the Indians keep Sipp its just puzzling ????
Maybe the gameplan is to trade him but right know and the last couple of seasons have really struggled
anyways the Tribe will be 1.5 games out
Trade deadline candidates even if contenders- Sipp(of course), Sizemore (with such good outfield prospects and LaPorta able to go out in the outfield), Damon (not really hitting well, Terrible defender) (not a lot of value), Hanahan maybe (with Lonnie ready to play I feel Jack could be the man out) Lopez if Jack isn’t gone (decent amoount of value on the bench none other than that)