Good riddance, Goodyear.
At least that's the tone coming out of spring training. Appropriately, the Indians ended their 30-game stay by struggling mightily in a 9-8 loss to the Cubs Thursday.
This time it was Anthony Reyes turn to get roughed up. He gave up seven runs (six earned) on six hits in two innings, per Sheldon Ocker.
This was the first time Reyes really struggled all spring. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta both committed errors.
The best part about the game though? IT DOESN'T MATTER.
If Cliff Lee pitches well Monday, no one will even care about the spring.
The Indians flew to Houston yesterday to play the Astros tonight and tomorrow at Minute Maid Park before heading to Arlington, Texas to play the Rangers Monday in the season opener.
Manager Eric Wedge called the spring "unusual" and unlike any he has seen, according to Anthony Castrovince.
Wedge said the World Baseball Classic and battles for the bullpen and starting pitching spots made it different and sometimes difficult.
Players are just sick of spring training as well.
"It's good to get out of here," he said. "Everybody's been champing at the bit to get out of here for a while. It will be a shot of fresh air getting into a big league stadium [Minute Maid Park]. Hopefully we'll be a little more crisp."
The best of the rest...
Both good reads.
Jake Westbrook is doing well in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, but will be staying behind in Goodyear to continue the process, Paul Hoynes wrote.
Hoynes is even becoming technologically advanced by filming his interview, check it out.
David Dellucci is also staying back in Goodyear as he rehabs his strained calf, Hoynes notes.
Who cares? Is this guy really going to make an impact on this team? I doubt it.
The real nugget from Hoynes' notebook is that Adam Miller is progressing through his bullpen sessions and is ready to face batters.
Not sure what that means or how the new grip has altered his actual pitches, but it is progress none the less.
Anthony Castrovince answered his mail bag today.
Terry Pluto scribbled about Travis Hafner, Masa Kobayashi and Josh Barfield, to name a few.