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04/08/10: Fausto or Famine - Last night, Fausto Carmona pitched six innings, giving up one hit and getting the win. That one hit, however, was a homerun, and he also gave up three earned runs by walking six batters and striking out only one.

True or False: If Fausto Carmona continues to walk a batter per inning and give up a homerun every six innings, he will continue to win games. --ABC

4/7/10: Asdrubal As It Gets - Asdrubal Cabrera is coming off a season in which he batted .308 with 42 doubles and 17 steals at the age of 23. Why aren't we more excited about this promising young shortstop? Because unlike the rest of the 2009 Cleveland Indians, Cabrera was very lucky last season. He has a Predicted OPS of .715 as compared to his actual OPS of .799 and a .360 BABIP when the average major leaguer is around .300. Asdrubal Cabrera should be a solid contributor for Cleveland over the next decade, but don't expect him to develop into a star. --KG

5/25/09: Best Comeback Ever? - The Cleveland Indians handed the Tampa Bay Rays thier biggest blown lead in franchise history on Memorial Day. The Indians had trailed 10-0 in the fourth inning but bounced back to win 11-10 thanks to seven runs in the bottom of the ninth, six of which scored with two outs. After Ryan Garko blasted a 3-run homer - his second dinger of the day - the Rays walked four straight batters, which the Indians had done themselves in the second inning. Then Victor Martinez, mired in an 0-for-18 slump that saw his batting average dip from .400 to .361, lined a two-run single off Jason Isringhausen to win the game. --KG

12/16/08: They've Got Wood - The Indians had the second-worst relief ERA in the majors last year, which is slightly misleading, as the team blew 20 saves, which was slightly better-than-average.  When you take Joe Borowski's 7.56 ERA and four blown saves out of the equation, the bullpen wasn't all that bad.  A 2009 pen that features Kerry Wood, Rafael Perez (86 K in 76.6 IP), and Jensen Lewis(13-for-14 in save chances), plus a potentially resurgent Rafael Betancourt, gives Cleveland the chance to mimic the two teams that improved their bullpens the most last offseason: the Rays and the White Sox. --KG



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