Indians lose as Johnson struggles again

Young Angel starter Jered Weaver, brother of Jeff Weaver, followed up his major league debut with another dominant performance as the Angels trounced the Tribe 10-3 in the first game of the series. He gave up only two runs and struck out eight in a little over six innings of work. On the flip side, Jason Johnson reverted back to his inconsistent ways, surrendering four runs and walking four in five innings. Johnson had trouble locating the ball all night long, which led to getting behind in the count. Mota relieved him but did much worse in a shorter period of time, giving up two homers and five runs in only 1 1/3 innings. Ben Broussard, Ronnie Belliard, and Jason Michaels each had an RBI for the Tribe. Michaels homered for the second straight game, extending his hitting streak to 11 ballgames.

Why Wedge insists on using Mota is beyond me. We have Carmona sitting in the pen and he hardly ever gets any work. Perhaps it’s time to give Mota some time in AAA to iron out his issues. I’m not sure if he has any options or exactly what the rules are in his case whether or not it’s possible to send him down to Buffalo but whether it’s health problems or mechanics, something is wrong with him.

As for Johnson, he can never seem to string together more than one quality start. I wish Wedge and Shapiro would stop being so stubborn and realize what they have under their noses in Buffalo. Get Sowers and bring him up now. So what if Johnson is making $4 million or whatever a year. It’s Jeremy’s time and he needs to be up here sooner rather than later. Hell, he can’t do any worse than Jason. After the game, Johnson got a little testy with reporters.

“It’s you guys who are putting me under the microscope,” he said. “I don’t think it has anything to do with me. If that’s what you guys want to do, that’s fine. I don’t care what anybody else thinks.”

Jason, you’re 3-5, you have one win in your last eight starts, and boast a 5.92 ERA. You must have some pretty thin skin if you can’t take a little heat from the media.

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