cle 05/11/09 2:36 PM ET Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for]]> There is a direct correlation between the Indians' performance and the proliferation of e-mails in the Inbox.

When the team is hot, about the only mail I get is from spammers convinced that I am broke, fat, lonely, unhappy, interested in real estate opportunities and able to read Japanese (only four of those are true).

When the team is struggling, fans are firing off e-mails at a rapid rate and calling for the heads of everybody from the general manager to the guy who replaces the toner in the front-office copy machines.

Well, the Indians are 11-21, and I've never been so popular. So let's get cranking, shall we?

Why doesn't manager Eric Wedge move Shin-Soo Choo to the leadoff spot and Grady Sizemore to the three-hole?
-- Rob, Logan, Ohio

In the last inbox, I wrote that I'd like to see a larger sample size before moving Asdrubal Cabrera into the leadoff spot. In previous articles, I've written that Choo belongs in the heart of the Tribe's order.

But desperate times call for desperate measures. The Indians can't get away with having their leadoff hitter batting .227 with a .313 on-base percentage. Sizemore's career numbers have clearly trended more toward the middle of the lineup than the leadoff spot he loves and covets.

Grady might be the most frustrating position player on the team this year, because his performance often dictates that of the team. He's striking out twice as often as he walks, he's been caught stealing as many times as he's been successful and his swing seems to get longer by the day. All told, Sizemore is not the leadoff presence he once was, and I think both he and the team would benefit from him moving down -- at least on a temporary basis, if nothing else.

Generally, I'm not one to lay the blame at the feet of the manager. But I have to wonder: Have we reached a point where Wedge can no longer inspire this team? It seems as though the Tribe can't get all aspects of their game working simultaneously.
-- Ron M., Quad Cities, Iowa

Wedge entered this season with arguably as much job security as any manager in baseball, but the game has a way of changing things in a hurry. It's been a bad year for 2007's Managers of the Year. The Diamondbacks' Bob Melvin already lost his job. The thought of Wedge enduring the same fate might have seemed implausible a few months ago, but is certainly not out of the realm of possibility now that the Indians have the worst record in baseball and are in danger of having their playoff hopes all but snuffed out by Memorial Day.

Wedge's Indians have had two basic traits over the years: They usually start slow, but they always finish strong. To see the way the Indians are playing now -- with no "energy and fire," as Victor Martinez put it -- is a disappointment and a surprise. It reflects poorly on Wedge and his staff, sure, but it also tells me a lot about the way these players, especially the regulars, respond to pressure.

Wedge makes mistakes. All managers do. Some of his lineup decisions this weekend, for example, were head-scratchers. The fact that David Dellucci remained in the lineup all three games, while Matt LaPorta turned in three DNPs, and Ryan Garko started just once is puzzling to me.

Has Wedge made enough mistakes to warrant losing his job? Personally, I wouldn't make that argument (though if the comments on my articles and in my e-mail inbox are any indication, it's a popular argument right now). But the fact remains that when teams don't perform to expectations, people are held accountable, one way or another. It will definitely be interesting to see how Wedge, his players and the front office respond to this disappointing start to the season.

For me, the bottom line is this: If Wedge does lose his job over this start, it will be because his players let him down.

I'm all for trying to shake up the bullpen, but why move Aaron Laffey to the 'pen? Our bullpen is terrible, but our starting pitching hasn't been too hot either.
-- Keith H., Atascadero, Calif.

The thinking was that Laffey's ability to induce ground ball double plays can be an asset in the bullpen. Laffey warms up quickly, pitches with confidence and is at his best when he's at his most aggressive.

But if this move negatively impacts the rotation -- it's still too early to make that call, either way, but Jeremy Sowers' inability to get through the sixth inning last Thursday is a concern -- then it was simply not worth it. Laffey's promotion was what helped get the rotation turned around after a dismal start. And while the Indians have starting depth -- and more on the way when Jake Westbrook and Scott Lewis get back -- moving Laffey was an uncharacteristically bold move for this organization. We'll just have to see how it goes.
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How much longer will we have to suffer through Masa Kobayashi pitching in this struggling bullpen?
-- Dylan M., Akron, Ohio

Wedge gave Kobayashi a look last Thursday in Boston to see if his two previous, solid outings (both of which came in non-stressful circumstances) were a sign that Masa can be trusted in the clutch. Wedge got his answer when Kobayashi entered a tight ballgame in Boston and surrendered five runs on five hits without recording an out.

Kobayashi can't last in this 'pen, because Wedge has lost whatever faint confidence he once had in the right-hander. The Indians are expected to add Luis Vizcaino to the big league club any minute now, and Kobayashi is certainly a candidate to be replaced.

This may sound like a strange question, but are the little organ riffs at Progressive Field from a real organ, or is it a recording?
-- Martin W., Painesville, Ohio

They're (sometimes and somewhat) real, and they're spectacular. The "organ" riffs are actually played on a keyboard. Sometimes it's a recording, sometimes it's live.

I know that some Major League players were having a problem with the new regulations telling them they had to start hitting against the grain on maple bats, completely reversing the way they've always hit. How many, if any, of the Tribe players have switched to ash bats from maple?
-- Michelle M., Massillon, Ohio

Clubhouse manager Tony Amato told me a handful of guys have begun using both ash and maple, but none have made the switch outright.

Could you please explain to me why we brought up Matt Herges? He had a 5.40 ERA at Columbus, and to make room, we had to designate Vinnie Chulk, who only had an ERA of 3.75 and was pitching just as well as anybody else in our 'pen.
-- Cody S., DuBois, Pa.

"Chulkamania" walked 10 batters in 12 innings, which didn't exactly endear him to the Indians. I would have liked to see the Indians give him a few more opportunities, but guys like Chulk, who come in from outside the organization on a Minor League deal, often find themselves on short leashes and, therefore, often have short shelf lives. If he clears waivers, the Indians can send him back to Columbus and consider him for another shot later in the year. If they lose him, I don't think they'll lose much sleep at night.

As for Herges, it's obvious the Indians are just throwing stuff at the wall and hoping it sticks. His Columbus numbers aside, Herges has gotten big league hitters out in the past. And having watched this so-called "relief" crew night in and night out in the early going, I, for one, can't fault the Tribe for at least giving him a shot. They had nothing to lose, given the state of the bullpen.]]> javascript:void(popWin('/news/mailbag.jsp?c_id=cle','mailbag',270,300)); 00:00:49 00:00:28 rtsp:// 00:00:51 00:00:44 /news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20090511&content_id=4674978&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=cle /news/article.jsp?ymd=20090511&content_id=4677360&vkey=news_cle&fext=.jsp&c_id=cle /news/article.jsp?ymd=20090511&content_id=4677418&vkey=news_cle&fext=.jsp&c_id=cle /news/article.jsp?ymd=20090511&content_id=4675298&vkey=news_cle&fext=.jsp&c_id=cle /news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20090511&content_id=4674972&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=cws /news/article.jsp?ymd=20090511&content_id=4674962&vkey=news_cws&fext=.jsp&c_id=cws /news/article.jsp?ymd=20090510&content_id=4658092&vkey=news_cws&fext=.jsp&c_id=cws