At this point, Fausto Carmona needs to go to AAA, but I don't know if the Indians can scrounge up a starter to take his spot. He's being hit much too hard for a pitcher with his stuff. In the second inning he served up two home runs, then in the fourth, gave up another five runs, with the help of the defense behind him. But even with the errors, if he had limited the damage to a couple of runs, he could have kept the Indians in the game; the offense would eventually score three runs off CC Sabathia.
Victor Martinez left the game in the top of the second after fouling a pitch off his knee. After taking a good five minutes to get to his feet, he finished the at-bat, but could put no weight on his left foot, and after hitting a grounder to second, could only hobble half-way down the first base line. Needless to say, he didn't come out the next inning to catch. He didn't break anything, but I don't think he'll be playing, to say nothing of catching, for a while. I'd expect the Indians to recall either Chris Gimenez or Wyatt Toregas in time for tomorrow's game.
The good news from tonight's game was that the Indians didn't have to use any middle relievers, for Tomo Ohka took over for Carmona in the fifth and finished the game. Sure, he allowed three runs in those five innings, but his main objective was to soak up innings. Now, if tomorrow's game is within reach, Eric Wedge will have a full complement of relievers to choose from.
Next Up: Phil Hughes vs. Carl Pavano, 12:40 PM (on TBS).
|Highest WPA||Lowest WPA|
|Jaime Carroll||.019||Fausto Carmona||-.302|
|Shin-Soo Choo||.009||Asdrubal Cabrera||-.075|
|Ryan Garko||.002||Mark DeRosa||-.048|