Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 8/26/12

So *this* is what good pitching is like: “If you need to snap a losing streak, call Justin Masterson. The side-winding right hander pitched into the seventh inning, stifling the New York Yankees and snapping the Indians’ nine game losing streak, winning 3-1 in front of a crowd of 34,374. Masterson used big relief appearances by Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez to best veteran Hiroki Kuroda, who shut down the Indian offense, except for one mistake.” [Mike Brandyberry/DTTWLN]

Call the wahhmbulence: “Hiroki Kuroda should hire a lawyer and sue his teammates for non-support. For the ninth time this season, the Yankees score two runs or less with Kuroda on the mound, although they had plenty of chances. RISP is often a meaningless stat but not tonight, as the Yankees go 1-for-7 w/runners in scoring position and load the bases three times but come away with only one run.” [Wallace Matthews/ESPNNY]

Backfiring marketing campaigns for $100, Alex: “What if Indians fans had hope, not memories? What if interest in the team wasn’t lower than at any time since Jacobs Field opened? What if local comedian Mike Polk’s Indians routine didn’t touch thousands of nerves and go viral? What if the Indians didn’t have to sell fantasies like the “What if” campaign?” [Bill Livingston]

Jobs on the line? “For a fanbase that never really bought into the start of the season, the last six weeks has resulted in a level of disenchantment, apathy, and outright anger about an organization that now finds themselves facing some very difficult questions, where it would seem that nobody involved in this absolute freefall will be excluded from assessment…and nor should they be.  Yes, I know that almost everyone from the Indians attended Manny Acta’s charity event and things were said Paul Dolan about how nobody’s jobs were in jeopardy, which was groused over and overanalyzed in all corners, but what did anyone expect Paul Dolan to say about the Front Office or the manager – whose CHARITY EVENT he was attending – in terms about their future?” [The DiaTribe]

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