Here's to a great week!
Pirates 5, Indians 3
In a battle of young power arms, it was Gerrit Cole who came out on top, as Danny Salazar gave up five runs in the fifth inning.
He won't be a starter, but Jason Kipnis seems a good bet to be selected as a reserve. The selection show airs at 7 p.m. ET Monday on ESPN.
His numbers stack up very well with other relievers, plus he's been great lately (as our own Mr. Lukehart detailed last week.
Giovanny Urshela and Francisco Lindor are a big part of upping the trust factor. From pitching coach Mickey Calloway:
"Our strikeout numbers have been down, but they're going out there, attacking and letting the other team put the ball in play and trusting our defense. Our defense has really improved in the last three or four weeks. I think they're really starting to trust that they can let them put the ball in play now and get some outs."
Roberto Perez has a 3.1 runs above average rating, with Yan Gomes not listed (I assume due to lack of innings caught).
Speaking of our third baseman, Urshela has been solid at the plate for the Tribe, hitting .274/.321/.356 over 23 games.
"I've been thrilled," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He seems, to me, which is really encouraging, that the more he plays, it seems like he's becoming more aggressive at the plate."
Around the League
A left oblique injury for the Nationals right-hander.
Ortiz was almost invisible out in the field, not recording a putout the entire game.