Spring isn't off to the greatest start ever. The Indians dropped another game to the Reds to move to 0-2-1 (stupid ties) on the young pre-season, and that new Ghostbusters trailer... yeesh. But looking on the bright side of things: 1) it's only March baseball, 2) there's always the original Ghostbusters, and 3) it is now exactly one month until the home opener, for which yours truly will be in attendance!
So I'm going to commit the cardinal sin of overlooking Spring Training and instead daydreaming about the regular season. So, any other LGT denizens headed to the home opener? If so, is anyone up for a fun round of "who can concoct the most atrocious hot dog at Happy Dog?" No? Anyway, I guess I should probably also get on with the day's news & notes.
Reds 9, Indians 1
Last week, Terry Francona said he was going to get Bryan Shaw more action earlier in the spring in hopes of avoiding another disastrous start to his season. If his plan was to allow him to self destruct early and often, then it's going exactly as planned. Shaw gave up five runs on five hits, hit a dude, and was pulled after 33 pitches in the 6th inning.
- Indians offense quiet as Bryan Shaws gives up hits to everyone | Let's Go Tribe
- Bryan Shaw submits a nightmarish appearance, but we've seen this movie before | Cleveland.com
- Salazar fans five over two in first spring start | Indians.com
- Brandon Phillips, Adam Duvall get to Danny Salazar early in Reds' win | Ohio.com
Indians news & notes
'There's nothing he can't do': Indians giving Francisco Lindor more responsibility | Cleveland.com - Terry Francona thinks it's too early to dub Lindor a Hall of Famer, but apparently some reporter was lazy enough to ask the question of him. Anyway, look for Frankie to take on more responsibility as the leader of the infield in 2016, just another step in his road to becoming a bona fide big league star.
High-ceiling draft picks on display in Goodyear | Indians.com - Traditionally conservative in their approach, the Indians have made some relatively riskier draft picks over the past several years. It started with Francisco Lindor and includes high school draftees Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, and Bobby Bradly. These top prospects, as well as Tommy John recoveree Brady Aiken, are all on display together in the Cactus League.
Allen ready to ramp up workload during spring | Indians.com - Like Bryan Shaw, Cody Allen is in line for more innings this spring. Let's hope his first appearance, scheduled for today, is less eventful than Shaw's.
Indians taking conservative approach with Carrasco | Indians.com - On the opposite end of the spectrum, Cookie Carrasco has been taking on a lighter load thus far in the spring, but is scheduled to make his first start this Saturday.
Central Division showdown: Chicago White Sox | Burning River Baseball - BRB takes a look at the Tribe's Central Division rivals, and finds that they stack up pretty well to a White Sox team that some people re weirdly predicting to be decent.
Around the league
- August Fagerstrom takes a look at baseball's best backups, with a shoutout to Jose Ramirez
- Not every infielder is pleased with the new second base slide rules
- Max Scherzer has a unique take on why spring training stats don't matter
- Yankees fans aren't getting rid of the Steinbrenners anytime soon
- Miguel Cabrera's peers wax poetic about what makes him one of the game's greats