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The K-Tribe Chronicle: Offensive doldrums

The K-Tribe Chronicle: Offensive doldrums
April 18, 2011
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Watching the Cleveland Indians organization over the past ten days has made covering the Kinston Indians organization downright painful. Most Tribe fans have been riding the wave of not only a potent offense, but a pitching staff that is straight outta the Twilight Zone. Seriously, if you squint hard enough, you'd almost think you were staring at the 1954 Indians rotation square in the face.

Call me spoiled, but the Kinston Indians just haven't been able to keep up with the organization. Kinston stands at 2-7, and offensively, they've been downright offensive. Still, it's early, and the K-Tribe does have some solid talent. Will it be enough to get them back in the thick of the first half race, or will we be dreaming of the second half already. Let's get driving, before I start dreaming of Lake County call-ups.

Where We Stand in Week 1:

Overall Record: 2-7(1-5 the past week, last place in the Carolina League southern league, 4 1/2-games back)

Week 1 Games:

11 vs. Wilmington, L 1-4 (WP: M. Mariot; LP: G. Soto)
12 vs. Wilmington, L 6-7 (WP: R. Dennick; LP: T. Sturdevant)
13 vs. Wilmington, L 1-2 (WP: T. Melville; LP: B. Brach; SV: K. Chapman)
15 @ Winston-Salem Dash, L 3-5 (WP: R. Kussmaul; LP: J. Flores; SV: T. Corley)
16 @ Winston-Salem Dash, W 5-2 (WP: T. Sturdevant; LP: O. Santos)
17 @ Winston-Salem Dash, L 0-9 (WP: C. Bayne; LP: G. Soto)

This Week's Transactions:

04/16/2011 Kinston Indians placed 3B Jeremie Tice on the 7-Day disabled list. Wrist injury.
04/16/2011 Daniel DeGeorge assigned to Kinston Indians from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

Week 1 Awards:

Offensive player of the week: Adam Abraham
Pitcher of the week: Drew Pomeranz

Player of the week: Adam Abraham

Here comes week 2:


18 @ Wilmington, 6:35 PM
19 @ Wilmington, 6:35 PM
20 @ Wilmington, 11:05 AM
21 vs. Myrtle Beach, 6:30 PM
22 vs. Myrtle Beach, 6:30 PM
23 vs. Myrtle Beach, 6:30 PM
24 vs. Myrtle Beach, 1:30 PM

The Rearviewmirror:

It's time to get rid of this ridiculous pattern of solid pitching, and weak hitting.  It's time for this club to get to it on the offensive side.  Give in and let Holt, Greenwell, Abreu and Toole wreak some havoc on the basepaths.  These four could all roll out 20 or more SB, if they were given the go ahead.  If they get in the heads of the pitchers, this offense will take off.

Follow Tony and the Indians Prospect Insider on Twitter @TonyIPI. Also, his latest book the 2011 Cleveland Indians Top 100 Prospects & More is available for purchase for $20.95 to customers in the US (shipping and handling extra).

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