4/7/11: Indians vs. Red Sox

Bust out your brooms Tribe fans, they’re going for the sweep!

You read correctly.  You’re eyes are not playing tricks on you.  The Indians have a chance to sweep the almighty Boston Red Sox today.  It’s an early game, 12:05 first pitch, and Manny Acta is taking it as an opportunity to give some of his players a rest.  They travel to Seattle after today’s game and kick off a series with the Mariners at 10:05.  That gives more than 24 hours of rest.  Not bad.  Seeing action for the first time this season is Adam Everett playing third, Travis Buck is getting the start in center and Shelley Duncan is starting at DH.  That mean Travis Hafner, Michael Brantley, and Jack Hannahan are all getting a day’s rest. 

I’m OK with this.  With the way the Tribe has played the last 3 games, they’ve earned some rest.  It’s also the first time the Indians have broken from their basic everyday line up and regular batting order in 2011.  It’ll be interesting to see how Orlando Cabrera responds to the leadoff spot.  He had settled in quite nicely as the #6 hitter in the order.  And Matt LaPorta is moving up in the world.  He’s gone from batting #8 to #7… Baby Steps.

Meanwhile the Red Sox are still winless and the natives are getting restless.  Nobody in Boston is very happy with the current state of things and if they go home to Boston 0-6 to face the Yankees… heads will roll.  Yes, it’s still very early but when you have the kind of expectations that team had, there is no room for 0-5 or 0-6.  Also, if Dennys Reyes gets in the game today Boston will officially be on suicide watch.  They’re none too pleased with him at the moment.  The Red Sox don’t seem too concerned though and neither does Reyes.  And why should they?  It’s not like he’s been pitching professionally since 1993.  Seriously, I was 8.

Anyways, here are the full line ups…

Indians:

  1. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  4. Carlos Santana, C
  5. Shelley Duncan, DH
  6. Austine Kearns, LF
  7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  8. Travis Buck, CF
  9. Adam Everett, 3B
  • Fausto Carmona, P

Red Sox:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Carl Crawford, LF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. Adrian Gonzales, 1B
  5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  6. David Ortiz, DH
  7. J.D. Drew, RF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Marco Scutaro, SS
  • Jon Lester, P
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3 thoughts on “4/7/11: Indians vs. Red Sox

    1. They’ll figure it out eventually. there’s too much talent on that team not to. I just think they have the unfortunate luck that everyone is off to a really cold start. the bigger issue is the pitching. after Jon Lester things get a little shaky with Lackey, and Dice-K, and then Bucholz is still young, and Beckett has been hurt. Then there’s that bull pen… big issues in there that they want to try and ignore. I’ll say it again, I don’t like that they only have one lefty who’s 90 years old and all power armed right handers.

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