Manny Ramirez is scheduled to begin a 10-game minor league stint with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday. Do you care? Derek Lowe has had a great start to the season for the first-place Indians. Are the Tribe for real? Plus, we examine Adam Dunn (playing left field) and Andre Ethier (playing center) in the outfield, all in today's Triple Play.
1. Manny Ramirez is set to start his rehab assignment. Should we care?
Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick), ESPN.com
I don't care. Then again, I'm not a big fan of Khloe and Lamar, either. I realize Manny is always going to have a certain cachet because of his history. But he's a 39-year-old, multiple PED offender whose last big season was 2008. At this stage of his career, his return is a step or two above Jose Canseco signing with the Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League.
Susan Petrone (@susanpetrone), It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
A little. Even if he's past his prime, he's still one of the greatest hitters any of us will see play. The Manny Being Manny Show is always compelling entertainment.
Josh Worn (@WalkoffWoodward), Walkoff Woodward
Certainly, especially with the Athletics showing more gumption than anyone thought heading into the season. With Yoenis Cespedes likely not out for long, and Josh Reddick showing that he's got a little more than singles in his bat, the middle of the Athletics' offense should be quite interesting this summer.
2. Derek Lowe threw a shutout for the
first-place Indians on Tuesday. Are you drinking the Tribe Kool-Aid yet?
Crasnick: Not yet. The Indians have some interesting pieces. But we're six weeks into the season and they have a run differential of minus-10. The pitching staff ranks second in the AL in walks allowed, and the lineup, which is overwhelmingly left-handed, is batting .213 vs. lefties. Still, the AL Central is weak, and if the Tigers continue to flounder, it's going to open the door for somebody. It might as well be the Tribe.
Petrone: As an Indians fan, I've been mainlining the Tribe Kool-Aid since birth; it's tasty but not always satisfying. This is the year the Indians were supposed to contend, and they are. They don't have a lot of star power, but they have some stars in the making in Carlos Santana, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis. They're a slightly above-average team that can take two of three from a team like the Rangers by playing smart small ball.
Worn: You're asking a Tigers blogger this question and expecting a serious answer? Well, here goes the Indians are certainly the Tigers' main competition this season, and the Tigers probably won't finish 15 games in front of the second-place team like they did last year.
3. What's scarier: Adam Dunn in left field or Andre Ethier in center?
Crasnick: Dunn playing left. I watched Ethier Tuesday night, and he moved around well enough in center field. Ethier did win a Gold Glove last year in right, and no one has ever referred to him as "The Big Donkey." Dunn hasn't played left field since 2009. At 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, he has the potential to do some damage to himself, the Wrigley Field ivy and the bricks behind it.
Petrone: The 2010 All-Star Game notwithstanding, the guy who hasn't played the position since college will probably cause more nail biting for fans, so I'll go with Ethier in center. Although with a glove as good as Ethier's, it won't be Stephen King scary, more like goose bumps.
Worn: You mean that Delmon Young isn't an option? If not, then Dunn has to be the answer, right? I mean it's no coincidence that his nickname is Big Donkey.