5/13/11 Indians vs. Mariners

It’s Friday the 13th… so far so good.  I’ve managed to make it through the day without being hacked into a million pieces by a hockey masked maniac with a machete.  Of course I still have to make it through the night, but I like my odds.

But enough about that.

The Indians look to get back on the winning track after a rough series against the Tampa Bay Rays that saw them lose two of three games and make more errors and ruin more scoring opportunities than the number of horny teenagers Jason murdered in the Friday the 13th movies combined.  In fact, they played so bad that it might have actually been just as terrifying.  Needless to say, it wasn’t good.

Luckily for the Indians the cure for what ails them comes to town tonight in the form of the Seattle Mariners.  The Mariners have had a rough go of it so far.  In fact, they’ve already started throwing in the towel.  Earlier this week the began releasing veteran players in order to give younger players a chance to show what they could do.  The most notable of these cuts was Milton Bradley.  Considering his history with Mariner manager Eric Wedge I’m surprised he made it this long.

Speaking of Wedge, this is his first return trip to Cleveland since being let go as the Indians manager at the end of the ’09 season.  Despite your opinion of him or the fact that he gave most of us migraines during his tenure as the head honcho of the Tribe, he deserves to get a nice round of applause.  After all, he was part of the brain trust that took the Indians to within one win of the World Series.  Despite his flaws he did some good things in his time as Tribe manager.  I’m not saying he deserves an 5 minute Omar Vizquel style standing ovation, but a nice applause would be nice.

Milton, why can't I quit you? You had me at hello... Aww hell... Milton, I love you, man!

Going to the mound for the Tribe tonight will be Fausto Carmona.  He’s been pitching lights out over his past few starts.  Hopefully he can keep it going.  Let’s also hope he can get some decent run support this time.  It would be nice to see the Indians offense put some runs on the board and take pressure off of the pitching staff for the first time in weeks.  It would also help alleviate ulcers and prevent heart attacks amongst the fan base.  When was the last time the Indians were on the right side of an ass kicking, the Kansas City series?  They’re also not facing Felix Hernandez or Michael Pineda tonight so they have to take advantage of that.

Here are the lineups.

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. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  8. Austin Kearns, LF
  9. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  • Fausto Carmona, P

Mariners:

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Chone Figgins, 3B
  3. Justin Smoak, 1B
  4. Jack Cust, DH
  5. Adam Kennedy, 2B
  6. Carlos Peguero, LF
  7. Brendan Ryan, SS
  8. Michael Saunders, CF
  9. Chris Jimenez, 3B
  • Doug Fister, P
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