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By Matt Van Wormer
As the first half of the season came to a close, the Indians were on a little down swing, losing their final three games to the Toronto Blue Jays. The break couldn’t have come at a better time as some pitchers needed to get some rest and get healthy. The Indians are 5-5 so far in the month of July and they could have been doing a lot better for the month if it weren’t for the three straight losses. They took 2 out of 3 from the Yankees and Reds before the Blue Jays came to town.
By Tim Palumbo
O Say Can You C
To start this list I would like to make a tribute to Orlando Cabrera who has recently become a U.S. citizen. Many of us are born into this great country with the privilege of being an American citizen with no merit needed. Orlando achieved his citizenship through many years of residency, but we all know he couldn’t have made that happen without his excellence on and off the field. He is now is a proud citizen of the greatest country on Earth. Congrats O.C. – it’s been an honor to have you on the Cleveland Indians.
#5 – Travis Hafner Resurgence
Travis Hafner has answered the critics and reassured his fan base that his raw hitting abilities are not a result of performance enhancing drugs. We can close the book on the debate, and leave it with its proven and logical answer; that his slumping and limited plate appearances in the past few years were the result of the many injuries. With Pronk’s big bat back in the lineup, and the Indians fighting for command of first place in the AL Central, it feels like ’07 in ’11.
At the beginning of the night, many thought that Mitch Talbot may be pitching for his spot in the rotation. By the middle of the 6th inning, most would agree that he did not hold on to that spot. Whether it’s bad luck or bad pitching, Talbot showed tonight that something just isn’t right and he may need some time in Triple A to get things back on track, especially with the arms that the Indians have warm and ready to show their worth down in Columbus.
The Blue Jays jumped on Talbot in the second inning, picking up three runs, two of which came with two outs. Toronto was successful in that line on the stat sheet a couple times, as they also had two two-out, run scoring hits in the top of the 4th inning. After the Indians had picked up two runs in the bottom of the second, the Blue Jays were sparked by the number nine hitter, Rajai Davis in the 4th.
By Matt Van Wormer
The Indians have finally cut some dead weight, although, many would wish it was Austin Kearns who was given the old “heave ho,” Adam Everett is the man who has left the wigwam. Hitting just .217 on the year and playing below average defense prompted the Indians to designate the 11-year veteran for assignment. He cleared waivers and was given his outright release. A writer for the Indians mentioned in a Tweet that Everett had been contemplating retirement and the assumption is that is what will take place in the near future. Everett is a career .242 hitter.
The Indians will conclude their interleague portion of the season as they take on their in-state rivals in Cincinnati. The Indians just completed a series win against the Diamondbacks that saw Carlos Carrasco have another spectacular outing in which he gave up just two solo home runs to Arizona. Going into the series, the Indians hold a record of 42-37 good for a virtual tie with Detroit atop the A.L. Central (At last check, the Tigers were beating the Mets 5-1 in the bottom of the 7th. If they win, they will be .5 games up on the Tribe). The Reds, on the other hand, sit 2.5 games back in the N.L. Central behind St. Louis and a very hot Milwaukee team.