Last Night's Game
Another game of missed opportunities and sloppy baseball as Indians drop game to Rays 4-1 - Let's Go Tribe
Cleveland Indians' bats fall silent again; Corey Kluber loses fourth straight start | cleveland.com
Kluber solid, but Indians' late rally falls short | indians.com
Corey Kluber was not perfect by any means, but allowing four runs in seven innings is usually at worst a recipe for a no-decision for your typical AL starting pitcher. But Kluber has not been a typical AL starting pitcher, at least where run support is concerned; when he starts, the Tribe offense only manages a little more than two runs per game. And that total includes the entirety of the game, not just the innings that Kluber is pitching.
The Indians are an imbalanced team right now, and although the additions of Urshela and Lindor to the lineup have helped the defense, they can't be expected to start regularly setting up and driving in runs. That is a task that falls on the more established players in the lineup, and of late that hasn't happened. The Indians now rank twelfth in the AL in runs scored, and a lot of that has to do with production while men are on base.
Anderson makes MLB debut as Indians face Rays | MLB.com
In the midst of this mediocrity, the Indians have become quite a bit younger, adding Francisco Lindor and Giovanny Urshela to the lineup, and now they're going to add 24-year-old Cody Anderson to the rotation. Today's MLB debut isn't going to be a one-shot thing, and that's partly because the Indians don't have many other alternatives. TJ House and Josh Tomlin are both hurt, and Jhoulys Chacin opted out of his minor-league deal just before Shaun Marcum imploded last week. Anderson had just been promoted to AAA, making just two starts for the Clippers. Anderson has the talent to become a solid MLB starter, but it's probably asking too much to expect him to be a solid MLB starter right now. Still, this youth movement leavens what has been a rather tough season.
Scherzer gets no-no! But perfect? No way, Jose | MLB.com
Scherzer came as close as you can possibly get to perfection, retiring the first 26 batters he saw and getting to a two-strike count on batter number 27. On the next pitch, which could have sealed a perfect game, Scherzer hit Jose Tabata, but he retired the next batter to seal the no-hitter.
D-backs trade Arroyo, Toussaint to Braves | MLB.com
Bronson Arroyo is now an Atlanta Brave.
Latest 25-man/40-man Roster
We don't know who will make room for Cody Anderson on the 25-man roster, so I have taken the liberty of guessing that it will be Kyle Crockett. If it isn't Crockett, then it will be Jeff Manship, unless there's an injury that we don't know about.