There was no baseball last night, but today the Indians start a three game set against Detroit that could be the last series that matters this season. While you're contemplating baseball fate, have a look through this collection of baseball tidbits to bide the time:
Indians news & notes
Gavin Floyd on his return to the big leagues: "This is awesome" | Cleveland.com - It's been a long road for Gavin Floyd as he's been working to return to the majors. So when he stood on the mound at Rogers Centre during Wednesday's game, he realized something the hadn't been so obvious to him over the past year: baseball is really fun.
Indians Inbox: Will Chisenhall start in right in 2016? | Indians.com - Jordan Bastian takes questions from Tribe faithful around the globe, including thoughts on where The Chiz will play next year and what the fallout from Mark Shapiro's departure might be. I'm curious which one of you wrote the last question...
Top of lineup has revived Cleveland's offense and postseason hopes | Did The Tribe Win Last Night? - Playoff chances may be on life support after the series loss to Toronto, but the reason the Tribe was ever anywhere near striking distance is the surge at the top: Kipnis, Lindor, and Brantley. Those three have given the Indians a fighting chance, in addition to making the remainder of the season a lot more fun.
Tidbits from around MLB
- Grantland has a great longform piece on how the Royals, and Dayton Moore, made a mockery of the naysayers by proving they weren't just a fluke in 2014 (too bad he can't stop his players from getting chicken pox)
- Also from Grantland is a piece on why Paul Goldschmidt is one of the few players special enough to render the defensive spectrum irrelevant
- ESPN has pulled Curt Schilling from commentary for the rest of the season and the Wild Card game
- Clayton Kershaw has a shot at 300 strikeouts, the first time anyone will have done it since 2002, and Fangraphs breaks down his chances
- Fox Sports describes the recipe for the next generation of managers, and highlights some candidates for upcoming openings
- Bryce Harper walked four times and scored four times without an official at bat; sources say that did not, however, hit 30 homerunz