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2002/06/15

in a strange season of upheaval in cleveland, it has been sometimes difficult to identify things that have gone well for the tribe. last night’s win over the colorado rockies, though, reminded me of a couple of things that have been fairly satisfying. ryan drese’s pitching, for example, has been a pretty nice surprise. although not rock-solidly consistent, drese has done pretty well since winning a spot in the rotation this spring, and it pleases this indians fan not a little. with a record now of 7-4, he has averaged 6 innings plus per start and 7 strikeouts per nine innings. his era has been above 5, but a couple more outings like last night’s against the rockies, and drese will have an AL-respectable 4…also, johnny mcdonald put on a great performance last night, getting three hits and playing solidly at second base while also exhibiting a little bit of speed that the ohio bureau of tribescribe was surprised to see. it was fun to watch him hustle last night, as it has been to watch some of the indians’ youngsters this year playing well during a difficult transition. also, the great omar vizquel hit his career high tying ninth homer during last night’s game, and it has been really fun to see omar hitting so well this year after the miserable year he had last season. the indians are 26-5 when the score 4 or more runs, but when they score three or fewer, they are 6-29. wow. we need some bats, as the tribe is second to last in the american league with a .242 BA. the tribe is scoring 3 runs or less in more than half of the games this year.

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