Yesterday's results was contradictory to how the two teams played. Corey Kluber for much of the game was the inferior pitcher. The Tribe offense for much of the game lagged behind the Reds offense. But Kluber kept the Reds off the board somehow (or conversely you could say that the Cincinnati hitters couldn't drive a run home), and the Indians took the lead just in time at the end of the contest.
Of the four hits the Indians had, Jason Kipnis had two of them, including what turned out to be the game-winning hit. Remember when he was struggling at the beginning of the season? Now, no matter what stat you look at, he's among the best position players in the American League.
More good news came after the game, when the Indians activated Yan Gomes from the Disabled List. The injury that was supposed to keep Gomes on the DL for eight weeks turned out to be six-week injury. Roberto Perez will remain the backup catcher; I had thought that he would go back to Columbus to get everyday playing time. But several LGT readers had the better insight, in that if Gomes is the long-term catcher (and only one year older than Perez), then the best thing for Roberto is to get MLB experience as the backup. The Indians are probably going to ease Gomes back into the starting role, so Perez should get regular playing time for the next couple weeks at least.
The game referred to was yesterday's contest, and the team was correct. There were some arrests in the Gateway area yesterday evening, but I don't think that affected the fans leaving Progressive Field after the game. The Indians and Cavaliers will be playing today (Indians at 1:10 PM, Cavaliers at 8:30 PM), so those athletic contest will probably provide a backdrop to protests.
Al looks at the Cleveland pitching staff, which ranks in the back of the pack in ERA, but that's very misleading. The Indians once again have the worst defense in baseball, and that has bled into the pitching stats.
Yesterday Cincinnati manager Bryan Price was thrown out of yesterday's game before it even started. Earlier this season Price launch an expletive-filled tirade after a reported asked a question about an injured player. That led Greg Popelka to examine the first years of Lou Boudreau's tenure as Indians manager, and the missteps he made with his team and with the press.
Another day, another pitcher thrown out of a game for having something on his arm. Earlier this week Will Smith of the Milwaukee Brewers was tossed, this time it was Baltimore's Brian Matusz.
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With Yan Gomes back on the active roster, the Indians have no player on the 15-day Disabled List.
As you can see, the rotation has turned itself around in a hurry, with Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer now above the one-win mark. Shaun Marcum, who has a grand total of two appearances with the Indians, has a higher WAR than almost everyone on in the bullpen.
On the offensive side, Jason Kipnis has had an MVP-type May; only Mike Trout has a higher WAR among position players (Dallas Keuchel leads all AL players with a 3.0 WAR).