After the Cleveland Indians’ 4-1 victory Wednesday, manager Manny Acta revealed his new motivational strategy for his team. “We are chasing the Red Sox for the Wild Card. Let’s face it, we are never going to catch the Tigers, and that is disheartening to my boys. They watch the scoreboard every night and become despondent during our game. LaPorta isn’t retarded after all; he is just too sad to concentrate on the fundamentals in all aspects of the game. We have 44 games in the next 44 days. We can’t worry about the Tigers.”
Meanwhile, Drew Pomeranz made his debut for the Rockies’ AA team and took a perfect game into the seventh inning. He lost the perfect game, but pitched seven inning giving up two hits and no runs while striking out four. Chris Antonetti said, “So what? It was against the A’s minor league affiliate. If those guys could hit, they’d already be in the majors. I will be vindicated with this trade. Doyle Alexander can rot in hell!”
Alex White is scheduled to make his last rehab start on Thursday, and if things go well, he will probably be called up to the majors after that start. If so, there is a good chance that White will produce more value the rest of the season than Ubaldo “Brady Quinn” Jimenez, who has put up -.1 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) for the Tribe since the trade — the about same amount the immortal Jeanmar Gomez put up in his four starts with the Indians this year.