On to the next week . . .
Carrasco struggles as Tribe falls to Tigers
Carlos Carrasco had his first sub-par outing of the year in the Indians 8-6 loss Sunday to the Tigers. Carrasco gave up nine hits and five earned runs in just 4.1 innings.
From LGT's Ryan:
Carlos Carrasco, who had mowed through opposing lineups in his first two full starts, got into trouble from the beginning of today's, allowing two runs on four hits in the first inning. Things didn't get much better from there, as he'd give up a run in the third and two more in the fifth before leaving the game.
Cabrera keeps punishing Indians
Our arch enemy Miguel Cabrera once again had a big game against the Indians, finishing with three hits and clutch two-run homer in the sixth inning.
From Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com:
Miguel Cabrera has never owned a bigger part of the Indians' soul than he does right now.
The Indians tried walking him Saturday and lost. So they pitched to him on Sunday and they still got beat.
This year Cabrera is hitting .652 (15-for-23) with three homers and nine RBI against the Indians. In his career, he's hitting .351 (188-for-535) with 38 homers and 121 RBI against the Tribe.
Indians fall to 1-6 against left-handed starters
I smell a trend.
From Jordan Bastian and Jason Beck of Indians.com:
The Tribe, which fell to 1-6 against left-handed starters this year, managed only three runs on six hits against Lobstein, who struck out four and walked two in his second win over the Indians this year.
Tribe feeling sense of urgency
Bastian details the Indians slow start and gets reactions from players. The recent 3-6 road trip against Central teams certainly hasn't helped things for the Tribe. Pressure is building and the upcoming Royals series looms large.
Lindor heating up
Francisco Lindor collected ten hits over the weekend for AAA Columbus, raising his batting average over 100 points to a much better looking .302.
Lindor credited simplified approach: "My mind is free of thoughts. I'm not going crazy at the plate and thinking way too much." #redhot2— Jim Massie (@MassDispatch) April 26, 2015
Chris Archer stays hot
Archer's strong start leads the Rays to a sweep over the Blue Jays. He'd look pretty good in an Indians uniform.
From DRays Bay:
His fastball was consistently in 95-98 MPH range, which set up his slider perfectly. He came into the game on Sunday with a shiny 1.07 ERA and 30 strikeouts. By the end of the fifth inning, Archer had taken the American League lead in K's. By the time his day was over, he pitched seven innings, struck out seven, allowed only three baserunners, and dropped his ERA to a dazzling 0.84. By the way, he hasn't given up an earned run since Opening Day.
Alex Gordon has huge day
Gotta give credit where credit is due. Gordon not only hit a home run for the Royals on Sunday, but also made an amazing diving catch. It's worth a watch . . .