Opening Day Thoughts

By: T.J. Zuppe

Here are just a few of my brief thoughts following the Indians 15-10 loss to the Chicago White Sox, on opening day.

Fausto Carmona just did not have it. Check that, “not having it” is a severe understatement.

Several times following the game, Indians manager Manny Acta stressed Carmona’s inability to keep the ball down. A sinker-baller unable to keep the ball sinking low in the zone? Is that an issue?

Opening Day At Progressive Field Resulted in a 15-10 Indians Loss to the White Sox

Surrendering 10 runs in three innings is ugly, no matter how you spin it.

However, it is just game one. It can only get better, right?

The 10-run outburst by the offense surprised. After falling down 14-0, for the team to battle back to a 10-1 advantage over the final seven frames cannot be overlooked.

Several balls were hard hit, including a solo homer by third-baseman Jack Hannahan.

White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen had to be going bananas taxing his bullpen, in a ballgame he was once up by two touchdowns.

It was good to see catcher Carlos Santana deliver. He does not appear to have any lasting effects to last season’s campaign-ending injury.

It was even better to see him go deep to left in the seventh inning, for a two-run homerun.

Reliever Vinnie Pestano was impressive to watch. In the final frame, he struck out three White Sox hitters, allowing one hit. His ball was lively, and Chicago looked over-matched at the plate.

He is someone to keep an eye on throughout the season.

The Tribe really missed out on an opportunity today. It is safe to assume the sell-out crowd at Progressive Field will be the most the Indians will play in front of in 2011. As a result, several fans left the stadium with a sour taste in their mouth, after the team went down 14-0.

Most of the fans had departed by the time the club made its comeback, therefore missing out on the excitement.

“I want a refund,” an Indians fan said to an usher, on his way out of the park in the third inning. “You call this a team?”

While there is no doubt, that particular usher had nothing to do with the construction of the club, it is clear that perception exists amongst the average fan.

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1 Comment

  1. They showed some heart and scrap and made things entertaining and yes, that does count…I think middle relief will be solid and think Raffy Perez needs to be the key lefty again. He showed good signs after nearly collapsing last year.


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