4/8/11: Indians vs. Mariners

Wahoo baseball faces its first road test of the 2011 season tonight as the Indians are in Seattle to take on the Mariners.  It’s the first game of a 6 game west coast road trip that will keep the Indians away from Jacobs Field… errr… Progressive Field until the 15th.  Along the way the Indians will play 3 against the above mentioned Seattle and 3 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Los Angels in Anaheim near Los Angeles California, or whatever.  Hopefully, they’re able to maintain their winning ways.  They made it through the gauntlet that was the first 6 games and the next 16 set up quite nicely.  Fingers crossed people.

The Indians, currently at 4-2 and sitting in first place, have yet to play a game on the road this season.  Traveling to Seattle, while far, should be a good way to break in the luggage.  The Mariners aren’t very good and thanks to some dumb luck the Indians won’t have to face reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez.  Good thing, because that guy is an absolute beast and facing him would have been a total momentum killer.  The Indians will still have to deal with the ever dangerous Ichiro Suzuki.  The all-star, super star right fielder is coming off of another great season and if the Indians have any chance of beating the Mariners, it begins and ends with keeping Ichiro off of the base paths.

This also marks the first time the Indians will face off with former manager, Eric Wedge.  As you all know, Wedge was fired after the disaster that was the 2009 season.  His time with the Tribe was a veritable roller coaster.  He accumulated an overall record of 561-573.  He helped rebuild the Indians from the ground up as the late 90’s era of the team faded into memory.  The peak of his managerial career with the Tribe was 2007 when he led them to within one win of the World Series.

Wedge also had an amazing ability to induce nervous sweats, stomach ulcers, and blind rage within the fan base.  I’m not saying he wasn’t a good manager, but I wouldn’t say he was great.  He ignored fundamentals and rarely implemented basic baseball strategies.  That suicide squeeze Manny Acta pulled yesterday never would have happened.  Wedge would have sat their debating whether or not to regrow his porn stache while the Indians stranded the runner on third.  Afterwards, I’d be heading to Best Buy to purchase a new TV.  So…. Good Luck, Seattle!  Enjoy the next 3 years or so as Wedge attempts to ruin Franklin Gutierrez all over again.

By the way, his stache is grown out and is looking rather epic.  Seriously, is Wedge growing that stache, or did the stache grow Wedge?  Wow!

Anyways… here are tonight’s line ups:

Indians:

  1. Michael Brantley, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  4. Carlos Santana, C
  5. Travis Hafner, DH
  6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
  7. Austin Kearns, LF
  8. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  9. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  • Carlos Carrasco, P

Seattle

  1. Ichiro, RF
  2. Chone Figgins, 3B
  3. Milton Bradley, LF
  4. Jack Cust, DH
  5. Justin Smoak, 1B
  6. Miguel Olivo, C
  7. Adam Kennedy, 2B
  8. Brendan Ryan, SS
  9. Ryan Langerhans, CF
  • Jason Vargas, P
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