Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Three...Is the Magic Number

Isn't this fun? The Central division is can be wrapped up this weekend after the Tribe swept the Tigers out of town this afternoon 4-2. Not that I saw it. I was in a conference for work all afternoon and was relegated to getting calls and text messages from my brother with updates. From what I gathered, C.C. Sabathia was in full control during his seven innings of work. Casey Blake hit another solo pizza in the third off of Nate Robertson. Fake owns him - that was his eighth career jack off of the lefty. In the fifth, Jason Michaels and Franklyn Gutierrez delivered RBI doubles to give the Tribe the lead for good. Asdrubal Cabrera singled home Franky G for the fourth and final run. Rafael Betancourt and Joe Borowski closed it out for CC, who picked up his 18th win, further solidifying his Cy Young resume.

It's time for this city to stop talking about the below average Browns and notice the team that has the city's best chance at a championship. That's right - better than Lebron and his bad of merry Cavaliers. Take the Cavs out of the East and they are lucky to get out of the first round. Meanwhile, your Cleveland Indians have the best record in baseball. I just love this team. Talk about peaking at the right time; how about 21-5 down the stretch? They have hit 13 Pizza's in the last six games. They took down their toughest division foe, the Tigers, 12-6; there's your division right there. It's all about the infusion of young talent. Not coincidentally, when the Tribe went to Franky G and AC as regulars, moved Casey Blake to the nine hole (where he belongs), and promoted Rafael Perez into a key bullpen spot, the team took off. GM Mark Shapiro is the favorite to win AL Executive of the year and you tell me who is going to beat out Eric Wedge for AL Manager of the year. It's just been an unbelievable season.

You know what the best part is? They Indians are still under the radar. Today on Sports Center,'s senior writer Tim Kurkjian said the Angels were the team to beat. has the Yankees #1 in their power rankings. Boston is struggling, but even they get more credit than the Tribe. I have scoured the net for some uplifting Tribe news on the national side.'s Ken Rosenthal is giving the Indians their due. He wrote a great piece about the best 1-2 punch of any AL rotation, CC and Fausto Carmona. John Donovan of has an even better piece on The Raffy's. See the links below.

Facing Indians' Aces Twice as Scary - Ken Rosenthal -

Tribe #2 in Power Rankings - Eric Mack,

Double Trouble - John Donovan,

And for those Howard Stern fans, here is a one on one interview with the Stern show's resident comedian Artie Lange -
Artie Lange - Q&A - Richard Deitsch,

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