Happy Friday, LGTers! The Indians head into a three-game series with the AL East-leading Tampa Bay
Devil Rays on Father's Day weekend, and I'm heading into... work. But not before I bring you all of MLB's latest news:
Yesterday's game: Indians 4, Cubs 3
Dr. Smooth, Monstro, and... uh... Yan Gomes all contributed an RBI in a rain-delayed game. Danny Salazar threw a solid 4 and 2/3 innings, but was defeated by mother nature. Fortunately, his bullpen picked him up after the rain an helped carry the Tribe to a victory. Unfortunately, Gomes left the game with an injury, so let's hope it's nothing serious.
- LGT recap (USS Choo)
- Indians.com recap (Jordan Bastian and August Fagerstrom)
- Cleveland.com recap (Paul Hoynes)
Indians news & notes
Bourn suspended one game following ejection | Indians.com - In a scene egregiously omitted from my Tuesday game recap, Michael Bourn was ejected for arguing balls and strikes and coming into contact with with home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. The swift hammer of MLB has decided to hand down a one-game suspension to punish Bourn, which he will, of course, appeal.
Lindor showing to be Major League ready | Did The Tribe Win Last Night? - The wait seemed like forever, but it seems like Francisco Lindor is already paying dividends. Not only that, but he's arrived at the right time, in a low(ish)-pressure environment where he doesn't have to be the face of the team.
Indians gather for photo in support of Aviles' daughter | Indians.com - Sporting bright orange t-shirts and buzzed heads, Tribe players and staff alike filled the seats down the third baseline in a show of solidarity. The shirts read "Team Adriana," name for Aviles' daughter diagnosed with leukemia, and the team was determined to show Mike that he and his family are not alone in the fight.
Revisiting the response run | Burning River Baseball - Is there anything to the idea that pitchers actually relax more in the inning after their offense scores in the previous inning? Joseph Coblitz digs *deep* into the numbers to try to test the hypothesis that pitchers are more likely to "challenge" batters with the lead.
Nick Swisher on return: when it happens, it happens | Cleveland.com - There's no timetable for Swisher's return, but in the meantime, he sure is enjoying that "nectar from the gods" (a.k.a. cortisone shots). Ok, let's be honest - who predicted Swisher's transformation to energetic key player to eccentric DL jockey?
Tidbits from around MLB
- Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. blames "roguish behavior" for the hacking scandal
- Fangraphs' Eno Sarris takes the opportunity presented by Pride-inspired events in Oakland to ask players how the league would react to an openly-gay player
- Fangraphs also explores the vast sea of mediocrity that is the 2015 American League
- Jeff Passan discusses how Royals fans have turned ASG voting into anarchy
- Just for click bait-y fun while we're on the ASG topic, Sporting News picks the worst All-Star starters in the last 40 years
- Bryce Harper, in the midst of the best season of his career, left yesterday's game with a hamstring strain
- Cole Hamels cleaned out his locker to troll reporters into thinking he was traded
- A-Rod is now just one hit away from 3000