Last night's game
As Matt mentioned in last night's recap, this one was a case where nobody (aside from Francisco Lindor) looked good at the plate. Tyler Duffey's breaking pitches tied most of the lineup in knots, and even though the Minnesota rookie walked five batters, he only allowed one base hit in his six innings of work.
Meanwhile Josh Tomin made his 2015 debut and pitched pretty well. He made some mistakes that got hit hard and also made some mistakes that were missed, but on the whole it was a nice performance.
On a side note, I took a look at his B-Ref profile and kind of shocked that 2015 marks his sixth major-league season. He's the
longest-tenured pitcher on the team (correction - second-longest, as Carlos Carrasco debuted in 2009), and only Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana, and Carrasco made their Indians debuts earlier. Of course, that tenure has not been consecutive, so perhaps he doesn't qualify if you measure tenure by time on the 25-man roster.
Lindor has been as advertised, perhaps a bit better. He's gotten better at the plate the more he's played, which is an excellent sign. And although he made a bad play in the third, he made a spectacular play in the sixth to start an inning-ending double play.
Which would explain why he's struggled at the plate the past couple weeks. He received a cortisone shot 10 days ago.
Speaking of young shortstops, Carlos Correa has been really, really good.
David Denson is the first active player in affiliated baseball to come out publicly as gay. He was drafted by the Brewers in 2013, and is currently playing in the Pioneer League, a short-season rookie league.
Latest 25-man/40-man Roster
The big move of the week was Josh Tomlin returning to the club. Ryan Raburn was on the Bereavement List this week, but has been activated and presumably will be in the lineup today (left-hander Tommy Milone will start for the Twins).
It will be interesting to see who goes down to the minors when Jason Kipnis is activated early this week. Jose Ramirez would be the logical choice, but he's played very well, and Kipnis is going to be playing in the field every day. Complicating matters is Brantley's shoulder injury, which affects him more in the outfield than at the plate, so he would need to DH for a couple games as well. I think it will be Ramirez to go to the minors, unless there's a trade before then (Ryan Raburn?).