Sunday Night Baseball is Important Test for Indians and Carmona


The Indians are coming off of two games which should have been wins. Both were by one run, and both featured an inning in which one player made two errors. On Friday it was Carlos Santana in the sixth inning, when he made two errors that prolonged the inning in which the Giants scored three runs. On Saturday it was Cord Phelps in the seventh, when he made two errors which eventually resulted in the Giants only run of the game. The run came off of a balk, but the inning never should have gone that far.

Both games also featured great performances by the starting pitchers. On Friday, Carlos Carrasco went 8 innings and allowed only 1 earned run, even though 4 runs were scored. On Saturday, Justin Masterson pitched a gem when he went 6 2/3 without allowing an earned run. He got the loss, but pitched a great game. Masterson has gotten barely any run support all year, and his ERA reflects this, even though he is currently 5-6.

Saturday’s game was nationally televised on FOX. The Tribe’s pitching staff proved how great they are, but the offense was nowhere to be found. They had chances, but they could never get that one big hit to score a run.

Tonight’s game is on ESPN, and the Indians need to win. They are getting a ton of negative publicity nationally because of their recent slump. A win on national television would maintain at least a share of the lead in the Central, while also showing their abilities to a national audience.

This game is also a very important one for Fausto Carmona. He has had a forgettable year so far, but Manny Acta insists that he has good stuff, and that he just needs to be given time. I agree with Acta that he has great stuff, as he has shown it in the past, but he must find it soon.

Carmona is 4-9 on the year with an ERA of 5.98. These are unacceptable numbers for any pitcher in the MLB, especially one who was supposed to be the ace of the staff. No one is currently asking Carmona to pitch like an ace, but he must start pitching like he belongs in the rotation.

The game is at 8:00 on ESPN. Hopefully the Indians can gain a lead early, so they don’t have to face Brian Wilson and his beard for a third straight day.

Tags: Carlos Carrasco Cord Phelps Fausto Carmona Justin Masterson Sunday Night Baseball

  • Kenny Shulsen

    Steve is Pronk really that bad at first base defensively that you take you hottest and frankly your best bat out of your lineup for 9 straight games? Wouldn’t any errors he made be made up for by the dingers he seems to hit almost nightly? Especially after your Skip came out and said Hafner was so locked in at the plate during your last
    homestand. I just don’t see how he can be that bad and not be a better option than Hannahan or whoever they start. Plus getting him 1B eligibility would really help my fantasy team, and they could always do the late inning defensive replacement switch if they have a lead. You’ve got pull get Acta on the phone and make it happen!

    Kenny
    Lasorda’s Lair

    • Steve Kubitza

      It is a possibility, but Hafner is just a terrible defensive player. Plus, he has had injury problems and knowing him he would get hurt making a routine play.

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