Indians 0, Astros 2
A fine effort last night by Corey Kluber was squandered as the Tribe's now traditional struggles against LHP manifested themselves yet again. Jose Altuve "broke the game open" (well, opened the scoring at least) with a hit, steal and run in the 6th, and the Astros tacked on another as Kluber tired in the 8th - three singles were all the Astros needed to overcome the inept Tribe offense.
This subject may possibly have come up once or twice before, but what exactly is the point of Ryan Raburn...?
- Indians lose to Astros because offense thought Opening Day was tomorrow | Let's Go Tribe (Jason Lukehart)
- Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel, two relievers shut down Cleveland Indians: DMan's Report, Game 1 | cleveland.com
- What the Cleveland Indians said after Monday's 2-0 season-opening loss to Houston | cleveland.com
- Kluber flashes Cy stuff but outdueled in opener vs. Astros (with video highlights) | indians.com
- Kluber picks up where he left off, but takes loss vs. Astros | indians.com
"If I were a team, I'd throw a lefty (against us), too." Tito after the game.
Indians news & notes
The invariably excellent Fagerstrom dissects the swing of Jason Kipnis, analyzing the way his oblique injury affected him last year.
Fangraphs' take on the weekend's two big contract extensions.
Oh well, at least we might be good in the minors... (In case you were wondering, the MILB season kicks off on Thursday, although Lake County doesn't start until Friday.)
The stadium changes in words and pictures.
Tidbits from around MLB
Sometimes opening night isn't quite such a hot ticket...
Zach McAllister gets a positive mention. (I've actually got a comprehensive look at the Tribe's "spring training stats that matter" for both hitters and pitchers in the pipeline for tomorrow.)
As someone used to say ad nauseum: "Pitching is expensive..."
Jonah Keri's take on the big trade: "Neither side’s a loser, and on a day like today, that’s how it should be."
Evidently part of the Braves/Padres deal was for the Braves to be responsible for all of RHB Quentin's $8MM contract when he is dumped. I guess they might not be forced to eat the entire contract, as he probably does at least have a little value, but I'd rather the Tribe went with Aguilar or Holt than either Raburn or Quentin .
Chris Mitchell puts Matt Wisler and Jordan Paroubeck under the microscope.