The Indians packed their bags after a rough series with the Yankees, in which they lost 3 out of 4, and played like a Double-A team the last two games. They headed off to Toronto to face the Blue Jays, a team that everyone in the league knows can hit the cover off of the ball, which is the opposite of what the Indians want to be running into after the way the Yankees series finished. Well the Indians pitching definitely got no better to start the series over the boarder, as Justin Masterson got roughed up in his 5 and a third innings, for 13 hits and 8 earned runs. The Blue Jays were all over Masterson and Jose Bautista the league leader in home runs parked a long grand slam off of the young righty. I know there are supporters to this notion out there, but it might be time for the Indians to rethink Masterson as a reliever rather than a starter. Instead of waiting on the off season to make the decision they could move him to the ‘pen and get a better arm in their while they bring up Carlos Carrasco and, or Jeanmar Gomez to finish this year in the rotation. There was yet another Indians roster move this evening as in the 7th Inning Austin Kearns was lifted after a base hit for pinch runner Chris Gimenez. Baseball insider/rumor man Ken Rosenthal was tweeting and reporting the Austin Kearns was being sent to the New York Yankees. This really comes as a bit of a surprise that he is being moved before this first deadline, but the fact he is being moved is no shock at all. We should find out more as the night progresses and moves into Saturday what the Yankees are giving the Tribe in return for the righty outfielder.
The game itself, as previously noted, was a messy affair for the Indians. The offense and pitching looked attrocious for the 3rd consecutive night, while former Indian Jhonny Peralta seems to love his new team in Detroit, his former buddies in Cleveland are struggling. Shin-Soo Choo’s hot hitting ways since coming back from the DL were stopped in their tracks as he turned in a very rough night. The Indians scrambled 5 hits over 9 innings while not walking at all and striking out a combined 12 times. That is as many k’s tonight for the offense as the pitching staff had walks the night before. Not good trends no matter how you look at it. As for the Indians hits, former Tribe outfielder Austin Kearns had 2 of them. And so it goes for the Indians, they finally landed a veteran free agent that over-achieved but the team was so bad that he was trade bait. On the year Kearns was hitting .270 with 8 home runs, 42 rbi and 42 runs scored, a .764 ops and 17 doubles. In 83 games he walked just 33 times and struck out 77. We knew he was not going to be with the team for a long time, but it is sad to see the guy traded as he was one of the bright spots for the season.
Justin Germano, called up today from AAA Columbus to fill a roster spot until the team brought Kerry Wood back off of the DL turned in a solid relief performance. Germano pitched 2 and 2/3 innings giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk, while striking out 3. Maybe the team should keep him around and send back Jensen Lewis or Tony Sipp to the Clippers. The Indians simply looked over matched and out performed in every aspect of the game for the 3rd straight night. It would have been nice to see the team put together at least one good performance after the trade of long-time Triber Jhonny Peralta. As for the Kearns to the Yankees trade, all that has been rumored yet is the Indians receiving a mid-level prospect or maybe 2. The Indians play 2 more in Toronto before moving on to Boston for a 4 game set before they return home. This is a tough schedule the next week and a half for the Indians, hopefully they start to look a little better than the past few days. At least they didn’t make an errors tonight, and we get to see Josh Tomlin again on Sunday.