The Indians finally won their first series of the season against the Royals. It wasn’t pretty, but two out of three is still two out of three. The pitching staff did an amazing job throughout the series; however, the bats looked pathetic, barely scraping together 7 runs all series. So, here’s the bad and the good.
Jose Ramirez had 1 hit. Do I need to say anything more? Yes, yes I do. Jose doesn’t seem comfortable at the plate this year. He’s swinging at balls early in his at bats, putting himself in difficult counts. The entire Indians lineup thrives off of Jose. Last season, he carried the offense at times, willing them to score runs. This upcoming series with a crappy Detroit team is huge for Jose. If he can get a couple hits, it will be huge for his confidence.
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The Tribe need every batter in the lineup right now, so early injuries are not helping. Michael Brantley just arrived off the 10 day DL, and one day later Lonnie Chisenhall went out there and took his place. On what seemed like a routine fly ball, Chisenhall once again pulled his right calf. Chisenhall was sidelined for 80 games last season due to his calf, and early reports from ESPN state that he will be out for at least 4-6 weeks. This is a huge blow for the Tribe because Chisenhall has been one of the most consistent bats in our lineup when he is healthy.
Although this past series wasn’t too great, the weather was even worse. I mean C’Mon Man! This weather has been absolutely ridiculous, and I think it has really been affecting our hitters. Friday 35 degrees, Saturday 33 degrees, and then Sunday topped it off with a Progressive Field record cold game of 32 degrees. This is not baseball weather. I could easily see a below freezing type game for the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in December, not the Indians! However, sitting in the stands on Saturday afternoon really explained a lot for me. The Indians weren’t trying to score any runs because it probably felt like they broke their hands when they made contact with the ball. Once it heats up they’ll start hitting better. I hope.
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Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, and Mike Clevinger. WOW! If you’re a fan of pitching, you were given a treat of a lifetime. I’ll start off with Carrasco. Cookie had “the worst” start out of any Indians pitcher. He gave up 2 runs. Let me restate that, he gave up 2 runs. It’s hard to ever complain about 6 innings and two runs. He also got the win so I’ll let him off the hook this time. Next up was the lunatic, Trevor Bauer. Bauer had the game of his life and he didn’t win, that’s rough. Bauer hadn’t given up a run in his first 6 innings, but Lucas Duda changed that with a solo bomb to Right Field on the first pitch of the 7th inning. Bauer blamed the home run on the new pace of play system, which makes pitchers shorten their warm ups. I don’t buy that. Duda got ahold of a pitch that was out of the zone and he took it out of the park. Despite the loss, it was still a great outing for Bauer. The final man in the rotation was Mike Clevinger. The Flow was in a groove all game. He dominated batters straight out of the gate, pitching the longest game of his career. He would have thrown a personal shut out if it wasn’t for a lucky triple from Jon Jay. Overall, great outings from the entire rotation.
The Yanimal was let loose in a very important rubber match versus the Royals. Gomes came up to the plate in the bottom of the 9th with the game tied 1-1. He was 0-3 on the day and was in big need of a hit, and he got one. Gomes drove one JUST over the big left field wall, and the Indians got to celebrate with Yan as he touched home plate capping off a 3-1 win.
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The most important thing for the Indians? Winning the series. The Tribe came into series with a 2-4 record and really needed some wins. This series brought them close to .500 and now look forward to a 4 game series with the Tigers. Cleveland has owned Detroit recently and will look to do the same.
As Always, GO TRIBE
Past Series Scores (Royals)
4/6: W [Carrasco W, 5.40 (2-0) vs. Dufffy L (0-2)]
4/7: L [Bauer L, 2.08 (0-1) vs. Kennedy W (1-0)]
4/8: W [Allen W 0.00 (1-0) vs. Maurer L (0-2)]
Upcoming Series (Tigers)
4/9: W [Kluber W, 1.57 (1-1) vs. Liriano L (1-1)]
4/10: Josh Tomlin, 24.00 (0-1) vs. Matthew Boyd, 1.50 (0-1)
4/11: Carlos Carrasco 5.40 (2-0) vs. Jordan Zimmerman 8.71 (0-0)
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