By Ryan Isley
You Will be Missed, Indians Season:
The 2012 Cleveland Indians season was put on life support Monday afternoon when ex-Indian Victor Martinez hit a three-run blast in a 4-2 Tigers win over the Tribe. Then on Tuesday evening, Martinez and another former Indian, Jhonny Peralta, were on hand to help pull the plug in a 10-1 Tigers victory.
Wednesday afternoon, Justin Verlander will be on hand to deliver the eulogy.
The series started with promise for the Indians, as they had just won 7 of their last 10 games and were 6.5 games back of the Tigers with Detroit in town for three games. In all reality, the Indians probably needed to win all three to have a chance in the division as they embark on a tough 10-game road trip after the Tigers leave town. Instead, they have done the exact opposite.
Just when it looked like things could not get more difficult for the Indians in their quest to win the American League Central, they will need a win against Verlander to salvage a game in this series to avoid going 9.5 games back.
A quick look at Verlander’s career splits against the Indians is enough to give a glimmer of hope, as he is only 12-11 with a 4.77 ERA in 26 career starts against the Tribe, but that would also be misleading. He is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA against the Indians this season and 21-5 with a 2.34 ERA overall.
Verlander will be looking for his 10th consecutive win and is 9-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his last nine starts.
Wednesday afternoon may be a tough one for the Indians offense. What else is new?
Ianello Needs to Relax
There is an old saying that you never bite the hand that feeds you. Apparently, University of Akron football coach Rob Ianello has never heard this. Either that, or he chooses to ignore it.
Just after I tried to infuse some positivity into the Ianello era at Akron, the coach went and showed everyone why I thought he should have been fired last season. After his team’s 42-0 loss to Ohio State, Ianello scolded first-year Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell at midfield.
While reports have said that Ianello tells Fickell that is was not good sportsmanship, it seems that Ianello actually tells Fickell that it is not the right approach. Either way, Ianello needs to drink a nice tall glass of shut the hell up. So Fickell is supposed to listen to a coach who is now 1-12 as a head coach as to how to approach the game? Please.
The Zips made a reported $850,000 to go down to Columbus and be treated like sacrificial lambs. If Ianello is upset at anyone, it should be the administration at Akron for setting this game up just so they could rake in extra money.
Ianello should actually be thankful that it was Fickell on the sidelines and not Urban Meyer, who people have been clamoring for to get the Ohio State job. If that was Meyer coaching the Buckeyes, he would not have hesitated to put up 70 points on the Zips. I wonder what Ianello would have thought about that approach.
Maybe the Zips should just schedule FCS teams for their non-conference games. They cannot lose those. Oh wait.
No Tiger? No Problem:
The PGA has started their FedEx Cup playoffs with two events already down and two left to go. For the second straight year, Tiger Woods is not involved. I am not complaining.
The lack of Woods in the field actually makes golf easier to watch, as whichever network is showing the tournament does not have the option of showing every shot Woods hits, no matter how far of contention he might be.
This past weekend, Webb Simpson beat out Chez Reavie on the second playoff hole to win the Duetsche Bank Championship. There was plenty of drama, as Simpson had to nail a long putt on the 72nd hole and then again on the first hole of the playoff to extend the match.
Not only was there pressure in the playoff, but there was pressure all day long on the 18th green as players needed to make putts to get inside the top 70 in points to advance to next week’s BWM Championship, the next-to-last event in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy and Chris Stroud found magic at the 18th and were able to slip into the top-70.
It was a day full of great golf shots and nail-biting moments.
Just think – most of these shots would not have been seen live if Tiger Woods was on the course Sunday, even if he was in 46th place.