Were it not for the fact that a baseball game was being played, I would have really loved sky over Cleveland last night (at least based on what it looked like on TV). There is nothing quite like a dark and stormy summer night. The weather did cause some issues early on, including a 10-minute delay, but other than that, it only rained off an on and produced some heavy winds. Speaking of things raining from the sky, Albert Pujols is going to participate in the 2015 Home Run Derby.
Here are your news and notes for Wednesday July 8, 2015.
Indians 2, Astros 0
Kluber still doesn't get much run support but this time it doesn't matter. Six and 2/3 innings of great pitching and some excellent defense helped put the Tribe over the Astros. Check out our recap from Phil Kehres if you missed the game.
The biggest defensive gem of the game came from Francisco Lindor. You can watch the video on MLB.com, and hopefully this is only the beginning of a career's worth of great plays for the young shortstop.
Indians news & notes
It’s not just Lindors and Urshelas coming out of the Indians farm system. The next big name coming up the pipe is outfielder Bradley Zimmer, and he recently shot up the Baseball Prospectus midseason top prospects list. (Let's Go Tribe)
We've officially passed the halfway point of the MLB season, and that means it is time for the annual flood of first-half analysis posts. Zach Meisel over at CleCom put together a great list of the best, worst and weirdest aspects of the Tribe's 2015 season so far. (Cleveland)
Carlos Santana continues to struggle, and everyone knows it. He continues to slide down the batting order. (News-Herald)
Around the league
Albert Pujols confirmed he'll be taking part in the Home Run Derby this year. As someone who still likes the Derby, and Albert Pujols, this is exciting news. (ESPN)
The Twins have enlisted the help of a bulldozer to help Brian Dozier get voted into he All-Star game. Because why wouldn't they? (MLB)
Jeff Sullivan over at FanGraphs broke down Jon Lester's first career hit. I mean really broke it down. If it were anybody but Jeff Sullivan writing it I'm no sure how interesting of a read this could possibly be, but it's Sullivan so it is worth a read. (FanGraphs)
Another great breakdown over at FanGraphs comes from Craig Edwards, who examines the heavy bullpen usage of he Rays and why it's working for them. (FanGraphs)
Unlike the Indians, who really aren't any worse at hitting left-handed pitching than they are right-handed, the Rangers are in desperate need of some righty batters. One solution for them would be to trade former Indian Shin-Soo Choo. But it may be easier said than done. (Fox Sports)