Ahhhh baseball season is back, but the Tribe offense didn’t catch the memo. I’ll be going over three positives and three negatives of the previous Indians game; however, today will be harder to find three positives!
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Corey Kluber started the season with the ball in his hands and a foot on the rubber, looking to repeat as AL CY Young Award winner, and as always, he looked fantastic. Kluber just controls games, he doesn’t waste pitches, and every throw is meaningful. He owns the outside edges by getting great spin on his slider and generating late break on his curve. He. Is. A. MACHINE! But every machine has its flaws, and that’s Kluber’s first inning. Over the past three years, Corey Kluber owns an over 5.00 ERA in the first two innings, and under a 1.00 ERA the rest of the game. Nelson Cruz got all over Kluber’s first inning cutter and opened a 2 run lead, which was enough that day for the Mariners.
Although Kluber looked dominant throughout, he got some help from his defense. Platinum Glove winner, Francisco Lindor, made play after play at shortstop, picking up right where he left off since he came into the league. But on the other side, he looked clueless at the plate, working himself into horrible counts. On his one good plate appearance, Frankie’s bat broke and he still hit it to the warning track. I don’t however think these struggles will last long.
Another great thing for the Tribe goes back to Kluber’s pitching. Kluber went the distance, keeping the arms in the bullpen fresh for Game 2 tomorrow versus Seattle. Today was an offday, so rest isn’t too huge, but it’s always helpful.
The final negative of the day goes to the outfield. Although, the Indians have great depth,it doesn’t feel great. Chisenhall needs to have a great year in right field in order to take pressure off the Dolan family. The Dolan’s don’t seem to be looking to spend, but good hitters in the outfield may become a necessity. Michael Brantley will help when he gets off the DL, but for now, the outfield lacks the ability to get on base consistently.
Next Game: 3/31 vs Seattle. Carlos Carrasco (0-0) vs James Paxton (0-0)
Indians Record: 0-1
As Always, GO TRIBE
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