Best Hope for the Indians

The Boys in Buffalo

When the minor league all-star teams were selected in June, Indians AAA pitcher Fernando Cabrera was a no-brainer. In 23 games for the Buffalo Bisons, Cabrera had pitched almost perfectly, going 6-0 with three saves, a 0.92 ERA, and 55 strikeouts in 39 innings. But then Cabrera got called up to the bigs. Major League Baseball needed to replace him for the Futures Game, so where did they turn? Why, Buffalo, of course, for Cabrera's teammate, Fausto Carmona, who in 21 innings had allowed only 21 base runners. So if the Tribe still has a few holes to fill, pitching won't be one of them.