Second Thoughts Game #8: Yankees 14, Indians 1
Carrasco and Myers shelled as Pettitte shuts down Tribe
Not Exactly How I Planned To Start The Season
At 6:30 when I was on my way to Progressive Field for my first live Indians game of the season, I couldn’t be more excited. By 9:30 that night, however, when the Yankees were beating my beloved Tribe 14-1 and “Let’s go Yankees!” chants from the New York fans in attendance was nauseatingly audible above the normal chatter of the ballpark, it wasn’t at the top of my list of places to be at the time.
Yeah, not how you want your first game of the season to go. I still plan on going to plenty more games in the upcoming season, hopefully not as dismal as Tuesday night’s loss, but that’s baseball. You win some and you lose some and every once in a while, you really lose some.
Welcome Back To The Big Leagues
Carlos Carrasco made his season debut Tuesday night after sitting out 2012 recovering from Tommy John surgery. Needless to say, it was a night he’d like to forget along with the rest of Tribe Nation as Carrasco got rocked by a depleted Yankees lineup for seven runs in three and two thirds innings. He had no problem with velocity as he was pitching in the mid-90s and topping out around 97 mph, but his command was more the culprit as he struggled to throw strikes only whiffing two Yankees in his outing and missing badly with location to several others.
Carrasco was tossed from the game in the fourth after beaning Yankee third baseman Kevin Youkilis. Home plate umpire Jordan Baker called for the ejection assuming Carrasco intentionally hit Youkilis since the previous batter, Robinson Cano, had hit a two-run home run off the right-hander. In a postgame interview, Carrasco insisted that he didn’t intend to hit Youkilis and that the pitch had ‘slipped’ during his delivery. Possible disciplinary action against Carrasco is pending review by Major League Baseball.
In July of 2011, Carrasco was tossed in a game against Kansas City for hitting Royals DH Billy Butler with a pitch. Then-Royals center fielder Melky Cabrera had just hit a homer off Carrasco, who then threw at Butler in retaliation. After the game, he complained about Cabrera spending too much time admiring his home run after he hit it. Carrasco was then handed a six-game suspension by Major League Baseball, which he didn’t serve until the beginning of this season due to his recovery from surgery in 2012.
Definite Warning Signs
The Indians signed veteran right-hander Brett Myers this offseason to anchor the middle of the rotation and provide some relief for the bullpen by eating a lot of innings. After an inconsistent spring and now two regular season appearances, Myers has shown no inclinations of being able to perform in either capacity. Myers made his first start last week against the Blue Jays and gave up seven runs on seven hits, including four home runs, all in five innings of work.
Unfortunately, no significant progress was made on Tuesday night as Myers again served up seven runs on 11 hits with three homers allowed. The only noticeable improvement other than the number of home runs given up was the fact that Myers recorded his first strikeouts (4) and didn’t walk anyone. However, the situation with Myers is now a legitimate concern and could be a substantial problem for the rotation if no additional improvement is made.
It’s A Long Season
Yes, by now many fans are sick of the old “it’s early” phrase, but that doesn’t make it any less accurate. As bad as the last two games have been, it’s still way too soon to draw any conclusions about a team. Eight games out of a 162-game season is just too small a sample size to make a logical prediction one way or the other. So much changes with teams and players in each marathon season.
It’s easy to hit the panic button and declare the team a failure after a disappointing start to the season, but that’s not how baseball works. There will be streaks and slumps and maybe even some tough roster decisions to make as teams try to find and settle into their grooves. Some may have found them already; some may not find them for another few weeks. Bottom line, a 3-5 record is not worth raising your blood pressure over.
Quick Game Facts:
- Indians outfielder Drew Stubbs recorded his first extra-base hits of the season with two doubles off left-hander Andy Pettitte on Tuesday night.
- Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera now has three RBI’s this season, all of which have come via home runs.
- Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is now 7-for-10 with three home runs and seven RBI’s against Indians pitching in this series thus far.
- Former Indians DH Travis Hafner was held hitless with two strikeouts Tuesday night after going 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBI’s on Monday.
Up Next: Yankees vs. Indians Game #3 @ Progressive Field. First pitch at 7:07 ET.
Well, due to the unexpected turn of events in Tuesday night’s game, Brett Myers will not be starting this one as originally planned. Decisions regarding the rotation and who will be called upon to fill the upcoming vacant start in order to complete the rotation before it gets back to Justin Masterson will be expected Wednesday before the game. It is possible that young right-hander Zach McAllister will be moved up a day to his normal fifth day and get the nod against Yankees right hander Ivan Nova. McAllister wasn’t too bad in his first start against Tampa Bay, where he gave up 4 runs, but only two earned, but pitching around errors still remains a problem for the right-hander. If the Indians do move up McAllister to Wednesday, then they still need a starter for Thursday.
Jake Dungan is a communications student at Stark State College and an intern with the Akron RubberDucks. Follow him on Twitter @MajorLeagueJake.
I think it's way too early to panic Shy. The first week of the baseball season is often opposite week. Like last year, Lowe and Jeanmar Gomez were carrying the pitching staff the first few times through the rotation, then, the opposite. It wouldn't be surprising if a few outings from now, Myers and Ubaldo are at least holding their own. I expected some Ubaldo and Myers-led bumps at the beginning of the year; how could you not? Ubaldo needs to be given a chance because he's working through some mechanical changes so inconsistency for the first few outings should pretty much be expected. It's not like they can dump him, especially after he's only pitched one bad (really bad) game. Myers, there's the (ill-advised) $7 million contract, and the fact that he at least wasn't totally horrible two years ago as a starter. Though the way he's pitched, you'd think he took last year off rather than throwing a good number of innings out of the bullpen. At least Carrasco has an excuse.
I would trade or release Carrasco oddly he would be great in the Yankees system maybe he can ship out with them. He may make it back in time but I don't see him as more than a middle reliever.
Myers is terrible, was terrible all spring, and I don't think anyone would take him.
If things don't change quickly the same thing as 2012 will happen with all the pressure on Masterson he'll start falling apart as well. We need three starting pitchers now and I don't think Bauer is one of them at this point, neither is Kazmir and Dice K.
I think he can turn it around, but he'll need time in AAA.
Ugly outings. I was hopeful Carrasco would have a decent game to try to force the issue with Myers/Ubaldo sooner rather than later. Instead, he and Bauer have shown they're just as much of a mess as the other two.