We have decided that if we couldn’t perform well at our job, we would want Terry Francona and Chris Antonetti in our corner.
Their patience knows no bounds. If we performed well for a few months in our position, they would wait as long as possible before deciding we could no longer do the job any longer.
That can be the only explanation for the decisions made by this franchise over the last couple of weeks.
If you have experience, they are the employers for you.
Actually, it started just prior to the All-Star Game when Michael Bourn re-injured his hamstring and management opted to acquire journeyman OF Chris Dickerson from Pittsburgh rather than give an opportunity to Tyler Holt, who was hitting .311 at Columbus.
Dickerson is a career .259 hitter and batted .238 for the Orioles in 2013, and spent the entire ’14 season in AAA until the Indians traded for him in early July.
What we mean to say is, he’s nothing special.
Dickerson hit well upon his arrival and was partially responsible for a win over Detroit when he hit two home runs in one game off Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.
However, other than those two dingers, he’s had four hits since the midsummer classic.
Another veteran who gets an enormous benefit of the doubt is Ryan Raburn who has also had just six hits since the All-Star Game was played in Minneapolis. As a point of reference, Tyler Holt, who was sent back to Columbus today to make room for Danny Salazar, had five hits…this week!
As a reward, he took the drive back to AAA.
As we have written previously, we understand the skipper writing Nick Swisher and Bourn’s name in the lineup everyday because they have track records of some success, and the franchise is paying each of them a king’s ransom. You almost have to play them. Almost.
But Dickerson isn’t making big money and although Raburn is signed through next season, his deal isn’t for big money. There is no compelling reason to keep him in the lineup, unless you believe he’s going catch fire the last six weeks of the campaign.
Perhaps Francona and Antonetti both believe that if we jump off the Terminal Tower, we will magically learn how to fly?
The same logic has gone into continually pitching right-hander Josh Tomlin, who has been hammered more often than not since the end of June when he pitched a one-hitter against Seattle.
Tomlin did pitch well against Arizona this week, but it was clear Francona didn’t have much confidence in him since he was pulled after 5-2/3 shutout innings and threw just 59 pitches.
To be fair, the patience did pay off with Carlos Carrasco, but he did a great job in the bullpen when moved there, and earned his spot back into the rotation. A word of caution, let’s not get carried away by two starts either.
So, when Carrasco was moved to the ‘pen, he was very effective. Tomlin hasn’t been getting people out for almost two months, yet he still has a spot on the roster, when the Tribe could move up Austin Adams, another hard-throwing reliever, who could help a tired relief corps.
The organization seems to fear giving chances to young players, even though in most cases, the new guys couldn’t possibly be worse than what the veterans are doing.
We believe players like Jesus Aguilar, Holt, Francisco Lindor and others would have more than six hits over the past month. But management simply won’t give them the chance.
We should all get the second, third, fourth, etc. chances non-producing Tribe players get. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works in the real world.