Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – PITCHING WOES – It’s been no secret that Indians starters have been downright dreadful in the second half of the year, and in the last two weeks it’s not exactly gotten better.
The clubs starters have gone no more than five complete innings in 7 of their last 12 outings, which no surprise the team has gone just 3-9.
Indians starters have a 6.31 ERA in that stretch, and have allowed opponents to hit .316 against them. Yet another stat of why the Indians sit in last alone in the AL Central.
LAST NOON START – Today’s game vs the Twins in the finale of the clubs noon start times for the 2012 season. In the 7 noon games leading up to today, the club has gone 3-4.
Overall in day games, the Indians have been pretty bad, going 18-34, which is the second lowest winning percentage for day games in the American League. Only the Rockies, Astros and Royals have played worse during the day than the Indians in the 2012 season.
While the 2013 schedule is out, times for games next season won’t be announced until January.
FRANCONA RUMORS - CBS Sports’ MLB Insider wrote last night that former Red Sox manager Terry Francona would be of interest to the Indians this offseason if the team parts ways with Manny Acta.
Heyman wrote – The Indians are a natural rumor for Francona since both he and his father played as Indians and Manny Acta’s status appears pretty iffy, even after a vote of confidence. But it isn’t certain how anxious Francona would be to do some rebuilding. The Indians make more sense than, say Houston, but the chances to win immediately isn’t as good as it is some other places.
The Indians have already locked up Acta for 2013, but many feel that he will be fired once the season wraps up on October 3rd.
Francona to Cleveland is a longshot at best, the Dolans paying two managers is hard to fathom, and a lot of other teams are going to have shots to land the former Red Sox skipper. Teams that likely would pay a lot more for his services.
AFTER TODAY – The Indians will head to take on the Royals in Kansas City over the weekend. Justin Masterson will go Friday vs Luis Mendoza, Saturday at 7:10 will see Ubaldo Jimenez vs Will Smith, and Sunday at 2:10pm will see David Huff vs Jake Odorizzi.
The team will then go to Chicago to play their final road series, a three-game set vs the White Sox.