Earlier in the season Stacey had a little parley with Lewie Pollis, who writes for the Cleveland Indians-centric blog Wahoo Blues, in advance of the big Indians-Orioles showdown in mid-April. We thought that was all pretty swell, so here we are to do it again, as the Orioles try to turn over a new leaf in the second half of the season.
The Indians are actually a pretty interesting team. In some ways they are the yang to the Orioles' ying. Neither team was supposed to really be in the thick of it in 2011, but both got off to pretty hot starts led by surprisingly good starting pitching. But where the Orioles have slipped to the bottom of baseball, the Indians have (so far) prevailed. Today they sit just half a game behind the Tigers for first place in the AL Central. This is, however, despite a 10-17 June which sounds pretty similar to the struggles we've watched here in Baltimore.
When the Orioles were in Cleveland in April, they were reeling a little bit, slipping back to just a game over .500 after the first of a series of sweeps at the hands of the Yankees. Cleveland then swept the Birds in convincing fashion, outscoring Baltimore 20-7 over three games. The Orioles have not since seen the world above .500. But, as I'm sure a dozen dime-store baseball writers have said, one of the great things about baseball is that it is a continuous opportunity for cold-blooded revenge against the Cleveland Indians.
After the jump, see what Lewie Pollis thinks about the state of the Indians and our long series with them this weekend. Big thanks to Lewie for giving us some of his time, and you can see my cohort-in-arms, Eat More Esskay, give some of his own answers to Wahoo Blues over there.
1) What's the news out of Cleveland these days?
Well we called up our top prospect, Lonnie Chisenhall, a couple weeks ago, that's exciting. Mitch Talbot just went back on the DL, that's...something. I guess there's not a whole lot going on Clevelandtown right now.