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Pitching Dominates in Series Win Over Cardinals

By Garrett Monaghan

In my last post, I mentioned that the Indians needed to get substantially better starting pitching if they wanted to beat the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend. Apparently, Cliff Lee was listening. The Indians' ace tossed a complete game shutout Sunday night, as the Tribe took two out of three from visiting St. Louis.

David Huff earned his second victory of the season on Friday in a solid seven inning outing, and Tomo Ohka was a tough-luck loser on Saturday, surrendering only a pair of solo homers to Albert Pujols in a 3-0 loss. The Indians' staff held a potent Cardinals offense to only six runs in the series, which bodes well for this week's upcoming set against the Brewers, who are second in the National League in home runs, and fifth in the league in runs scored.

The Tribe still need to see more consistency out of Carl Pavano and Jeremy Sowers if they expect to dig their way out of the AL Central cellar. Pavano got shelled by the Royals in his last start, but threw a complete game shutout of the White Sox in the start before that, so it's still unclear which version of Carl is going to show up on any given day.

Also unclear is the status of Grady Sizemore, who should be having an MRI on his ailing elbow today. If the MRI is clean, Sizemore should be resuming baseball activities within days. If the MRI isn't good, he may require arthroscopic surgery. Cleveland desperately needs Sizemore back and healthy, so we'll keep our fingers crossed.