The Tribe returns to action today with a tough-looking three-game home series against the St Louis Cardinals. Let's hope that Carlos Carrasco is back on form after his recent struggles.
Indians news & notes
Craig Edwards believes that this time, Salazar's breakout could be for real: "Right now, Salazar is pitching better than he has ever pitched and he is one of the best pitchers in baseball."
The early returns on Kipnis/Santana/Brantley as 1-2-3 have certainly been positive.
If his recent good form continues, the Tribe might actually recoup a decent chunk of his salary when they eventually trade him.
Lindsey Foltin: "Francona also said Gomes will be evaluated again on Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, the Silver Slugger Award winner could begin a minor-league rehab assignment as early as this week." If he's going to be able to be back fully healthy, Gomes' return can't come soon enough.
Tidbits from around MLB
The Tribe receives a (dis)honorable mention: "The Indians have allowed a .511 wOBA in high leverage situations. .511! Babe Ruth‘s career wOBA was .513."
According to Dave Cameron "The team hasn’t hit nearly well enough to make up for its bad baserunning and its bad defense." But despite that the White Sox are still doing better than the Tribe...
Anthony Castrovince's weekly look at the days ahead focuses on the surprising early season form of the Twins and Astros.
"There are good hitters and not-so-good hitters, and clutch situations and non-clutch situations. Good hitters perform better than not-so-good hitters no matter what the situation is." Scott Lindholm