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Spring Training Game #22: Brewers 4, Indians 3

Myers struggles as Indians lose second straight

Spring Training Game #22: Brewers 4, Indians 3
March 16, 2013
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Right-hander Brett Myers pitched four uneven innings, and the Cleveland Indians fell 4-3 to the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park on Friday.

Across four innings, Myers allowed seven hits and four earned runs, and he also walked three while striking out two. The start certainly left a lot to be desired, and Myers now has a 7.11 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this spring.

The Indians fell to 12-8 in the Cactus League, but the team did stage a slight rally in the top of the ninth inning, which was started with a solo home run from Mark Reynolds.

The Indians had a chance to win in the ninth with two outs and two men on base, but Justin Toole unfortunately lined out, which ended both the rally and game.

Indians lineup

  1. Michael Bourn — CF (Justin Toole)
  2. Drew Stubbs — RF (Chris McGuiness)
  3. Michael Brantley — LF (Marcus Bradley)
  4. Nick Swisher — 1B (Jesus Aguilar)
  5. Mark Reynolds — DH
  6. Cord Phelps — 2B (Matt Antonelli)
  7. Ryan Raburn — 3B (Kyle Bellows)
  8. Yan Gomes — C (Brian Jeroloman, Matt Carson)
  9. Juan Diaz — SS (Luis Hernandez)


  • Brett Myers — 4 IP
  • Jerry Gil — 1 IP
  • Joe Smith — 1 IP
  • Scott Barnes — 2 IP
  • David Huff — 1 IP


— We know that it’s unlikely that Yan Gomes actually makes the Indians out of Spring Training, but he continues to make a strong case. In 14 games this spring, Gomes has gone 10-for-26 with five doubles and a home run. He went 2-for-2 Friday and was one of just two Indians to collect more than one hit. We know that the Esmil Rogers trade has already paid dividends because it brought the Indians Mike Aviles, who looks as if he’ll be an effective utility man for the next couple of years. However, imagine if Gomes continues to develop and eventually supplants Lou Marson as the backup catcher. That, my friends, is what you call value.

Nick Swisher has just been on fire so far this spring. He had another strong performance on Friday as the switch-hitter went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Swisher has now gone 15-for-33 in 12 games. He’s also recorded three homes runs and 11 RBI over this span. I know that Spring Training stats are considered meaningless, but ask yourself: would you rather have it be the other way around? This is definitely a good sign with the regular season around the corner, so let’s hope Swisher is able to build off his strong spring.

— As stated previously, Brett Myers was not at his best on Friday, and this is now his second consecutive outing that he has allowed four earned runs. In fact, Myers has allowed at least one earned run in all four of his appearances this Spring Training. This does not mean Myers will be an ineffective starter this season, but it’s discouraging considering the Indians signed the former Houston Astro for $7 million. You have to ask yourself, would the Indians have ever made that move had they known Kyle Lohse would still be available at this point?

Scott Barnes is a candidate for one of the left-handed spots in the Indians bullpen, and he had a strong performance on Friday. The left-hander pitched a perfect inning of relief and struck out two in the process. It seems as if Nick Hagadone may be the frontrunner at this point, but do not overlook Barnes, who has a 3.38 ERA in 5 1/3 innings this spring.

Coming up

The Indians will face the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night at Goodyear Ballpack. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco is scheduled to pitch five innings, and he’ll be followed by Nick Hagadone, Rich Hill, Matt Albers and Joe Martinez.

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User Comments

March 16, 2013 - 11:24 AM EDT
Outside of Masterson, really, the entire rotation could change over the course of the season. Beyond injuries obviously affecting things, just from a performance perspective it is possible that by June that Kazmir and Ubaldo could be flat out released if they are struggling. Myers could more to the pen. McAllister could be optioned to Columbus. It really is a wildcard situation with that rotation, though thankfully they have two good potential arms in Carrasco and Bauer to turn to, and maybe even Kluber for short term need.
March 16, 2013 - 1:34 AM EDT
I wonder if at some point this season the rotation ends up being Masterson/Ubaldo/Carrasco/McCalister/Kazmir and they move Bretty Meyers to the bullpen to be the long man slash set up guy. Now, its innane to assume this is going to happen based on two starts in ST ..... but if Kazmir is for real someone needs to be replaced when Carrasco comes back.

Or they could go crazy and sign Lohse move Meyers to the pen and have a numbers game in the pen where they have 7 outstanding arms. Or keep Meyers in the rotation if one of Ubaldo, Carrasco, McCalister or Kazmir don't work out. I am just saying where the heck is Lohse going to sign?

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