TWIS Wednesday

So I’ve also been a bit lax about my posting lately, as life has kind of gotten in the way of baseball and there really hasn’t been much to say about the Indians recently. With that in mind, I’ve decided to do another edition of “To Which I Say …” which is a bunch of quick thoughts on the Tribe, followed by a one-sentence commentary.

  • Lou Marson has been awful this season offensively, so I must say I was a tad surprised at his sixth inning grand slam last night. Which, ironically, came after manager Manny Acta gave Marson a vote of confidence before the game. Marson has been brutal this season though, and makes me long for when I will see Carlos “Supernatural” Santana behind the dish. To which I say, “Who knew Lou could come through?”
  • Jensen Lewis may be a boring tweeter, but at least he’s a good guy. He’s the Indians’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, an award given to a major league baseball player that is active in the community. In the Castrovince article it mentions that Lewis calls Cleveland his home year round, which lends support to my assertion that he grew up an Indians fan. To which I say, “Congratulations and good luck, Jensen – but this doesn’t help make you more of a badass.”
  • While I personally have ignored talking about it too much, a lot has been made of Shin-Soo Choo’s obligation to serve two years in the South Korean military before he turns 30, as all able-bodied South Korean men are required to do. I never really freaked out about it because the Indians never seemed too concerned with it. Well Choo might have found his way out: he’s been selected to play for South Korea in the Asian Games, and if the team wins the gold medal then it is very likely Choo will receive a military exemption, like the Korean team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. To which I say, “This is where Choo having Scott Boras as an agent actually makes me less worried, as there’s no way Choo will serve that obligation.”
  • Justin Masterson in his last 7 starts has some pretty impressive numbers: 2.95 ERA in 42.2IP, he has allowed 37H, 14ER, and has a .239 BAA. Which is excellent. But he still is far too inconsistent to be a starter on a good ballclub, which the Indians are not right now. To which I say, “Chris Perez, meet your new setup guy: Justin Masterson.”
  • Incredibly disappointed that the Indians only called up three guys, and two of them had been with the team previously in the season (Lewis and Jordan Brown). This team sucks, and there are guys deserving of the call up. I tried to link to this Call to the Pen article before, but apparently I put in the wrong link. Whoops. To which I say, “This club is inexplicably hell-bent on letting Jayson Nix win a job at third base next year, and I’m just left wondering why.”

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  • Dan C.

    Masterson is going to be a starter, get over it. You pointed out already what he has done in his last 7 starts. He’s really inconsistent, but I’d rather have an inconsistent starter on this team than a great reliever. It might not sound like it makes sense but it does. Starters are wayy more valuable. As soon as the Indians peg Masterson as a reliever his overall value goes way down, both within the organization and outside the organization. Since we suck, they might as well keep him in the rotation and hope for more good days than bad days. Economically, it makes sense for the Tribe.

    Also, for some reason I’ve been able to skip a lot of Masterson’s bad starts and I’ve seen probably 3 or 4 of his really good starts…when he’s on, he looks great. It’s not like he’s Jermey Sowers and you are praying the batter screws up so we can get an out. Masterson’s pitches have movement and when he’s on, he looks like a top/middle of the rotation guy. Too early (and too bad of a team) to give up on that.

  • Ed Carroll

    You’re right, a good starter is more valuable than a good reliever. But Masterson simply cannot be called a good starter based off this year. You can’t simply say, “Well, we suck, let’s keep trotting out Masterson and hope he gets good.” You not only run the risk of ruining the pitcher, but you’re also blocking other guys who deserve a shot in the rotation. You can’t take this good stretch he’s had and say that Justin found “it.” He did the same thing last season, and then he stumbled out of the gates this year. The Red Sox were willing to part with Masterson for a reason: he’s a reliever.