The Akron Aeros went 3-4 on the week, improving their record to an Eastern League worst 6-11. The Aeros have struggled at times on the mound and at the plate. They have pitched well and hit well but have yet to do both consistently. A young roster of new players has led to some inconsistent play but the talent on this roster suggests they will put it all together soon.
The inconsistency has plagued both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. They hold a team batting average of .259, Chun Chen leading the team with a .308 average. 21 year old third baseman Giovanny Urshela is second with an even .300 average. On the pitching side, Toru Murata leads all Aeros starters with a 2.60 ERA, while T.J. House leads in wins with two and strikeouts with 27. On Thursday against the Bowie Bay Sox, the Aeros smashed out 11 runs but lost the game after giving up 13 to the home Bay Sox.
As of Monday afternoon, the Indians have a need to fill. It’s not a starter, not a hitter, not a coach.
The Indians are in need of someone with superior facial hair.
On Monday, the Indians shipped 26-year-old pitcher Eric Berger to the Houston Astros in exchange for catcher Chris Wallace. While Berger never made it to Cleveland in his time with the team, he did have a major league moustache.
The southpaw’s claim to fame was his moustache, which was reminiscent to the one Rollie Fingers became famous for back in the 1970s. It was a phenomenal show of facial superiority that few others throughout the Major Leagues could even compete with. Fortunately, the Indians have a few candidates who can certainly take Berger’s spot as Cleveland’s master of the moustache.
During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the young players on the 40-man roster that is a part of the Indians’ minor league system.
By Laurel Wilder
In baseball, as with most sports, players know that there is a certain aspect of their success that is out of their control. They can perform to the best of their abilities, but at the end of the day, the decisions about when, or even if, they play lie in the hands of those in charge of their team.
However, T.J. House is not one to leave things to chance.
When the left-handed pitcher found himself struggling during the 2011 season, he did not simply wait it out and hope for improvement. He knew something had to change if he wanted the chance to pitch at a higher level. Instead of remaining complacent, he worked with pitching coach Mickey Callaway to change and improve his mechanics.