Last Night's Game
Sometimes a game isn't easily explained by their score, but in this case it is. Danny Salazar was rocked by the Tigers, and Alfredo Simon yet again mesmerized the Indians. Simon has an overall ERA of 4.86, but if it wasn't for his 1.50 ERA in 24 innings (4 starts) he might have the worst starter ERA in the AL. For reference, he has a 4.19 ERA (19.1 innings) against the White Sox, a 5.40 ERA (10.0 innings) against the Twins, and a 12.46 ERA (4.1 innings) against the Royals.
In contrast Danny Salazar has been owned by the Tigers. He's given up 16 runs in 22 innings against Detroit, most of those runs coming in two starts: 6 runs in 4.1 innings on June 23, and 6 runs in 3.2 innings last night.
Some very frank comments from pitching coach Mickey Callaway on Trevor Bauer. Just one snippet (please read the rest at the link):
"It just kind of shows you that he doesn't quite know a lot about pitching yet. That's the way I take it," Callaway said of Bauer's assessment. "Everybody else in the room can look at the video and say, 'Those are not quality pitches.' And he thinks they are."
Bauer has perhaps the best stuff on this pitching staff, and that's saying something. But he's still very much a work in process, and a big part seems to be learning what his goals as a pitcher should be from at bat to at bat.
Some good news on the pitching front. Assuming Carlos Carrasco's shoulder feels good, he'll start the middle game of the series in Chicago.
The Ducks are two games behind Richmon with two games to play.
The Clippers have already clinched a playoff berth, but still are trying to win their division. They are tied with Indianapolis with two games to play.
Lynchburg has clinched a playoff spot (and now has Bobby Bradley).
The Captains are playing out the string, as they were eliminated from playoff contention last week.
Latest 25-man/40-man Roster
Because the Clippers have made the playoffs, the Indians are done with the call ups until Columbus' season is over. And anyway, I don't think the Indians would use anyone else during a competitive game, with the possible exception of Tyler Holt against a left-handed pitcher.