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May 15, 2008
BASEBALL: Righting The Ship

One guy who is really locked in now is CC Sabathia. Even accounting for the dropoff in scoring across the AL this season, the incumbent Cy Young winner had been the one weak link in Cleveland's stellar pitching thus far, getting pummelled to the tune of a 13.50 ERA in his first four starts, but in his last 5, Sabathia has a 1.49 ERA in 36.1 innings, allowing 7.18 H/9, 0.25 HR/9, 1.98 BB/9, and 10.65 K/9.

The big fella is back. Now the Tribe just needs to figure out how to get runs on the board. Unfortunately, Josh Barfield is batting .255/.301/.392 at Buffalo, (nobody on Buffalo is particularly tearing it up) and Andy Marte isn't doing much with his occasional opportunities, so the guys who are most obviously next in line to pick up for people like Asdrubal Cabrera, Casey Blake and even Travis Hafner are not offering a lot of hope. Ben Francisco's been recalled, but it is not as if he was great shakes at Buffalo either (.228/.308/.315).

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:51 AM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
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Crank,

While you're right that Francisco was not great at Buffalo this season, he did lead the International League in batting last season. Often a player repeating at a minor league stop doesn't do as well. A little trivia on Francisco, he was a high school teammate of his current big league teammate Ryan Garko.

Posted by: largebill at May 15, 2008 2:01 PM
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