Here's to a great week (at least better than the last one!).
Orioles 4, Indians 0
Orioles 8, Indians 0
Yes, that's right, zero runs for the Tribe. As our own Jason Lukehart detailed in his recap, this is the first time the Indians were shut out in both games of a doubleheader in 40 years. On to the next one.
The Indians have lost 13 of their last 19 games and are officially struggling. Paul Hoynes spoke with Brandon Moss, who opens up about the Tribe's poor play:
"If you were on the outside looking in, it would look like we have no heart," said Moss. "I can't blame them."
Moss said the worst thing about the funk the Indians are in is that everyone in the clubhouse knows it.
"The biggest thing is that we're very disappointed in ourselves because, regardless of what anyone says, and regardless of where we were picked to finish, we know that we've played terribly," said Moss. "We know that if we were just playing mediocre, that we'd be right there in it, but we're not."
Trevor Bauer was not particularly sharp on Sunday, taking the loss after giving up four runs on five hits. Connor Smolensky notes that Bauer is searching for consistency and keeping the ball down in the zone.
Toru Murata made his major league debut in game two of the doubleheader and didn't make it out of the fourth inning. Smolensky has a recap of Murata's first start, including some stock quotes from Terry Francona on how well he "competed."
Around the League
San Francisco won 6-3 Sunday and Madison Bumgarner picked up his 1000th career strikeout. Chris Cwik notes that Bumgarner is the youngest player in Giants history to reach the milestone. Bumgarner is only 25 and already has three World Series rings and plenty of other awards and achievements. We can dream.
The Mets look to have another promising young starter in Steven Matz. Bill Bauer notes that Matz was impressive on Sunday in his debut, going seven and 2/3 innings Sunday, giving up two runs on five hits and striking out six. He also can swing the bat well, going 3-3 from the plate with four RBI's. The Tribe needs him!