Posted on: February 1, 2009 9:02 am

Indians ST Battles

The Indians are a team w/o many battles going on this spring. In the few that they have, the choice will affect how well they can do in this deep division.

Utility IF: Jamey Carroll vs. Josh Barfield vs. Andy Marte      I would give this to Barfield, but last year was not one to remember with him. Carroll is more versatile than Marte so this job goes to him.

3rd/4th/5th SP   Carl Pavano vs. Aaron Laffey vs. Jeremy Sowers vs. Tomo Okha vs. Zach Jackson vs. Anthony Reyes vs. Scott Lewis   Lewis pitched well last year. Laffey is more of a reliever. Pavano needs not to be injured. I do not think Lewis really has a chance at this job even with how he pitched. Okha has had too many chances. Anthony Reyes will get a spot with Pavano and Laffey. Jake Westbrook will eventually be back for one spot.

8th RP/4th Bench Player: Andy Marte vs. Josh Barfield vs. Vinnie Chulk vs. Kirk Saarloos vs. Greg Aquino vs. Edward Mujica vs. Jeremy Sowers    I have to gowith Marte here unless Chulk/Saarloos has an amazing spring.

Notable players not on team: Tomo Okha, Josh Barfield, Vinnie Chulk, Kirk Saarloos, Greg Aquino, Edward Mujica, Jeremy Sowers, Zach Jackson, Scott Lewis

Victor Martinez, Travis Hafner, Mark DeRosa, Ryan Garko, Asdrubal Cabrera, Johnny Peralta, Ben Francisco, Grady Sizemore, Shin-Soo Choo                  Dave Dellucci, Kelly Shoppach, Andy Marte, Jamey Carroll

Cliff Lee, Fausto Carmona, Carl Pavano, Aaron Laffey, Anthony Reyes           Kerry Wood, Jensen Lewis, Rafael Perez, Joe Smith, Rafael Betancourt, Masahide Kobyashi, Matt Herges

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