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Gameday Thread: O's (56-60) @ Indians (52-64)


Today's Starting Pitchers GS IP ERA WHIP BAA HR BB K W-L
Dennis Sarfate - RH 2 (47) 57.0 4.58 1.54 .214 5 45 58 4-2
Fausto Carmona - RH 13 70.2 4.46 1.64 .261 2 47 31 5-4

What's all this then?! Oh, just a couple of last-place teams, playing out the string.

The O's are pretty much exactly what they should be given their performance this season. Never have we had the type of hot streak where eight or ten wins get rattled off, because the team just isn't constructed for that sort of thing. But we've also avoided the totally defeating cold streaks, which has been nice. 56-60 on August 11 when this season started would've been a huge thumbs up from me. And it is.

The Indians have a Pythagorean W-L of 59-57, so they're probably a better team than their record, but either way their 2008 has been a massive disappointment. They came within one win of the 2007 World Series and now they're in last place. Sabathia's gone, Hafner may as well be, Victor Martinez has been hurt (Kelly Shoppach's done an excellent job, though), I think we can safely say that Asdrubal Cabrera didn't work out like they hoped, and today's starter, Fausto Carmona, has stunk it up in 13 starts this season after an excellent '07.

They do have Cliff Lee (16-2, 2.45 ERA) who should rightfully win the Cy Young award. And Grady Sizemore is a hell of a player. But this has been a lost season for Cleveland.

Burn on, big river...burn on.


Baltimore Orioles @ Cleveland Indians

08/11/08 7:05 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles Cleveland Indians
Brian Roberts - 2B Grady Sizemore - CF
Nick Markakis - RF David Dellucci - LF
Melvin Mora - 3B Ben Francisco - RF
Aubrey Huff - DH Jhonny Peralta - SS
Kevin Millar - 1B Shin-Soo Choo - DH
Luke Scott - LF Ryan Garko - 1B
Ramon Hernandez - C Sal Fasano - C
Jay Payton - CF Andy Marte - 3B
Juan Castro - SS Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B