Tonight, Terry Francona sat in the dugout opposite his old club, managed by his old pitching coach in front of an announced crowd of 9,143 fans. Not to attendance shame the Cleveland fans, but the atmosphere at Progressive Field paled in compassion to anything Francona likely ever experienced in his seven years in Boston.
As Felix Doubront labored through five innings, Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jiminez was a complete shell of himself as he has been since moving to Cleveland. Cleveland's pitching staff was last in the AL in ERA in 2012. Yes, they were actually worse than the Red Sox. Thus far for the Tribe, Justin Masterson and Zach MacAllister have been excellent, while the rest of the rotation has been almost as effective as a Juggs machine. The sample size is small, so while the rest of the rotation can't be this bad, Masterson won't be this
Tito will probably spend a lot of time calling hisbullpen.
good. Last season lefties put up a 296/376/450 line against Master...