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Smoke Signals s7e6: Rain, rain, go away

The Indians won a tight contest on opening day, but have to wait until Wednesday after Tuesday's rainout in Oakland

Smoke Signals s7e6: Rain, rain, go away
April 1, 2014
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Smoke Signals is officially back on a weekly basis and tonight Jim Pete and Tony Lastoria kick things off back on it's regular Tuesday night slot. With today's rainout, Smoke Signals will focus on last night's interesting affair, as the Indians scored two runs late to beat the A's 2-0. It wasn't without a bases loaded jam, and a stressful ninth inning. They'll also be talking about what the Indians may have in front of them this year in the A.L. Central, and beyond.

Unfortunately, as of right now, Google doesn't allow the Uberconference service to work with the "On Air" portion of their Hangouts, so you won't be able to call in live to the show. Instead, post a question right here in the comments section, or utilize our chat service at the top of the front  page to ask us questions during the show. Please realize there's a slight delay, so give us a minute or two to answer your questions. There are other ways to incorporate live questions, including having guest join the Live Feed, but we'll have to test that out as the year progresses.

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User Comments

April 2, 2014 - 8:57 AM EDT
I have no problem letting Masterson I've said 100 times, if you commit to your young pitchers by locking them now through their first year of free agency...but comping a two-year, $34 million deal...or a three-year $51 million deal to "letting Pujols walk," you are kidding your self. On no planet is the deal Pujols wanted comparable. There are FAR more compelling arguments out there that go beyond fans "killing" the Indians. My friend, they already are with lack of that's a thin threat. The Hafner deal was a bad deal from the start. He had already begun to struggle with injury, and was struggling at the plate. An argument that involves the fans should be taken out of the equation. When they start showing up...perhaps they'll pay a little more attention to it.

As I've said from the start...if the Indians continue their plan of not signing starters past their arbitration years, I'm totally okay with all of that, but they have to have a plan past that, right? What is it? Hope for all their youngsters to hit? Hope that they can sign injured guys every year on league minimum contracts? Since Lee and Sabathia left, and even prior...their plan hasn't been all that good...

Just would like to see one is all...
April 2, 2014 - 6:47 AM EDT
ahhh.. Mr Belknap.. interesting take.. Here are a couple of points for consideration:

1. While "sticker shock" for a good # 2/weak #1 is the major issue with Justin Masterson.. How would Masterson NOT BEING in a Cleveland uniform make you feel about the pitching staff?.. Not just a little weak.. Justin Masterson is more than just a big hard throwing SP.. he's a big part of the whole..i.e. Masterson makes his 30 appearances each year..goes 200 innings.. The price tag for a 200 IP SP.. is going up & the Indians have to bear the burden of '..the cost of doing business" Cleveland has a history of watching pitchers leave.. while trying to retain position players.. how has that worked out?..

I'm not sure where you're going with the comment about the Cardinals letting Albert Pujols walk. In retrospect, the Cardinals were very wise...they also have two or three guys (Allen Craig, Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter & Matt Holliday) in their system ready and able to replace at least 80 to 90 % of what Albert brought to the table..

I love the comp of Dr Smooth to Wade Boggs.. Boggs was a superb player.. As this season progresses, I can see Dr Smooth continue his unbelievable defense (no errors committed in years, now) along with an arm that has become a weapon all while continuing to put the bat on the ball in all situations. In fact, the tigher/more intense the situation, the better Dr Smooooth performs.. He's a joy to watch...
Bryan Belknap (thatteamfromcle)
April 1, 2014 - 11:34 PM EDT
Couldn't agree with Tony more about Brantley. Does he have a Wade Boggs upside?
Bryan Belknap (thatteamfromcle)
April 1, 2014 - 11:16 PM EDT
-Fausto had games where he was unhittable.

-People want Masterson because he is a great guy > great pitcher.

-Sign Masterson now. If it goes south the fans will kill CLE. See Hafner.

-Pitchers, in general, are more risky than position players.

-In the past decade, the best move the Cardinals made was let Pujols walk.
Bryan Belknap (thatteamfromcle)
April 1, 2014 - 11:04 PM EDT
Masterson is not worth 17 mil. per. Period.

A two-pitch non-ace. (Super nice guy. I like him alot.) But a two-pitch non-ace. Masterson like to turn a corner? He has 2 pitches and the fastball won't get faster.

Why let CIN's bad contact force us to repeat their error?

Masterson won't ever win 18 cause he relies too much on the ground ball. Bad luck strikes and those ground ball find holes.

And signing Masterson for 17 mil per gives us no payroll flexibility to sign bargains like Bourn or Swisher.

Plus, the money is better saved for Salazar. A guy with true ace potential.

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