Doesn’t it just break your heart to see Jonathan Lucroy and the Texas Rangers eliminated from the playoffs? Karma, my friends, good ol’ Karma.
Tomlin struggled plenty late this summer, but don’t forget after 17 starts this year he was 10-2 with a 3.34 ERA. From Jason Beck:
After Tomlin gave up four runs on seven hits with just five outs recorded against the Twins on Aug. 30, the Indians pulled him from the rotation to clear his head.
"You can't always tell players stuff they want to hear," manager Terry Francona said Saturday. "But that in no way took away our respect for J.T., we were just trying to help. And we talked through it for a while and we talked again, and then an hour later, after he threw his bullpen, he came in like he always does."
They played cribbage, like they always do, then went to work. Barely a week later, injuries forced him back into the rotation.
Tomlin returned to mixing his pitches more often, this time with a little more use of the sinker. And after a rough August, he closed out his regular season with five earned runs on 20 hits over 25 2/3 innings in his final four starts. The Indians went 3-1 in those outings.
Same stuff, different results. Thus, when the Indians needed a third starter for this series, they could feel like they wanted to go to him rather than just having to.
A wet day in Boston moved Game 3 back a day. Games 4 and 5, if necessary (we hope not!!!!), are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
As our own Matt Lyons pointed out, one positive is the extra rest our bullpen gets.