Not a bad weekend for Tribe baseball, thanks to robots & cookies. Are the Indians poised for another crazy late-season playoff run, or is this simply another mirage? Stay tuned to find out this and many other newsworthy items:
Yesterday's game: Indians 4, Yankees 1
Suck it, Jeter. Also! Carlos Carrasco was pretty spot on, helping the Tribe win the rubber match and bring the team back to .500.
Indians news & notes
Carrasco carries no worries approach from pen to starting | Cleveland.com - Carlos Carrasco is a headcase! But according to Paul Hoynes, he learned to "empty his head" of worry in the pen, and carried that approach with him into yesterday's start. If an empty head is all it takes, let's get this guy a lobotomy and quick!
Lindor's makes great strides with simple approach | Fangraphs - A great little piece as Fangraphs talks to Francisco Lindor about his development over the past few years. Lindor stresses his approach on both offense and defense centers on making as few movements as possible. Boy does this kid sound with it - knowledgeable, humble, and eager. Can't wait to see him up.
Devastating curve the secret to Kluber's success | Fangraphs on Fox - The rest of the world is still coming to tersm with the idea of Corey Kluber as an ace, but Tribe fans have known it for a while. The secret to his success might well be his ruthless curveball which, like many things about Kluber, defies its traditional meaning.
Can smallball save the season?| Cleveland.com - Jason Kipnis attributes this weekend's series win in part to small ball, which he says was a major factor in the playoff run last year. Maybe small ball can save the team's chances in 2014, but is it worth it if it costs all of us our sanity? Probably, I guess.
Time for Walters and Holt to shine | Cleveland.com - After Nick Swisher and David Murphy went down with injuries,
and the fan base rejoiced, Terry Francona chose to look at the situation as an opportunity. Prospect Tyler Holt and recent acquisition Zach Walters (Attach v2.0?) now have the chance to prove themselves at the big league level.
Gabe Paul key to Indians/Yanks ties | Did The Tribe Win Last Night? - Chuck's favorite GM was responsible for bringing the Indians closer to the Jackasses than any other figure in Indians history.
Tidbits from around MLB
- Over at Sports On Earth, Will Leitch talks about how this year is proof of why the Wild Card setup is working
- Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs is the latest Tommy John victim, according to the team's twitter account
- CBS Sports' Dayn Perry rates the week, giving division rival Kansas City an A+ rating
- Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal speculates on who may be fired after this season, arguing that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro may be the first to go