A promising shutout?

Okay, so the Tribe was shutout, managing only two hits against Mark Buehrle and closer Shingo Takatsu, but there is good news. Jake Westbrook looked equally as impressive as Buehrle, tossing eight innings of four-hit ball while limiting the Sox to just one run.

Look, we know this team is going to hit — they were simply overmatched by a good pitcher this afternoon. A bad day. But if Westbrook can match his effectiveness from last year — and, if his performance today was any indication, he may be poised to improve on his surprising success in ’04 — then the Tribe is in great shape. The bats will wake up, but it’s the arms that will dictate the Indians’ success this year. The ’05 season may have started with a loss, but it was a loss that offered plenty of reason for optimism.

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