Rodney still out

He played catch this afternoon and still felt some stiffness in his right shoulder, so he’s out of action tonight. Not sure yet about tomorrow, but Rodney said he thinks he’ll be better in a day or two.

Here’s the lineup:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Guillen, SS
  6. Rodriguez, C
  7. Casey, 1B
  8. Monroe, LF
  9. Inge, 3B


Not too good so far. It seems to me that Byrd always seems to make our hitters struggle.

Nate has been very ordinary this year. I think he has the ability to be overpowering but somehow he always seems to run into 1 or 2 bad innings a game and is a couple of MPH shy of having an effective fastball.

Inge struggling again that’s too bad. I was hoping for a .270 – .280 year for him to and (like JL is fond of saying) “to be honest with you” I don’t think the club can’t afford to carry him if he can’t hit 1 for 4. And I am a big Brandon Inge fan! Unfortunately he seems to be in an overachiving mode or an underachieving mode. His fielding also suffers when he is stressed by an extended offensive slump.

Well the boys have battled back–Granderson is on Polanco is up—What will Sheffield do?

Kinda figured it was going this way. Tough break for Byrdak vs Hafner–would have looked better if he had struck him out the pitch before the triple. Plonk gets those calls from the umps though.
Wouldn’t have made a diff though as the lineup couldn’t mount an attack against Borowski who has the weirdest stats for a closer I have ever seen. 15 saves and a statospheric ERA.

Ledezma is contributing again. We need that badly. Rodney–geez I hope we aren’t dealing with a malingerer here. C’mon Fernando, buck up dude!

I hope all you guys can get the game on the box tomorrow–I know I won’t but a matchup with Verlander and Sabathia might be classic.

Here one for ya’—how about a friendly rivalry between the Tribes CFer and ours? The guys are somewhat similar (other than the SB issue). Who’s better?

I like Grandy but Grady (hey–GRADY & GRAnDY!) is an exciting ballplayer too, ain’t he?

Hurry up Kenny—we need ya”.

That game turned on Michaels bringing Monroe’s 3-run homer back into the park. That was the ballgame.

Rodney’s latest injury drives home how fragile a seemingly good bullpen can be. The other guys have stepped up, though. I thought Byrdak was victimized by Mr. Froemming in the ninth inning. Ledezma had a strong outing.

Oh well, of the three games this weekend, I thought the one most likely to be lost was tonight’s Paul Byrd start. You can’t work the guy, he throws mostly strikes. So now we have Verlander as the stopper again. Hope he’s packing that heater tomorrow.

Dan, I got involved earlier this season in a “Grady vs Grandy” debate on another site. It was stacked against the Grandy supporters, as we were pretty much laughed out of the discussion. I noted with satisfaction tonight that Grandy came in with the better numbers, which was the crux of the Sizemore supporters’ argument.

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