Yesterday's Game: White Sox 7, Indians 3
This game went from a probable loss to a probable win to a probable loss, all in the span of a half hour. I hope nobody will blame Shaw's meltdown on when he was used, because if Shaw is the primary setup man, using him in the seventh against the top of the White Sox order is a better use of him than in the eighth against the 4-5-6 hitters (or lower). Or maybe Francona, thinking that Sunday's game might be washed out, was trying to get two innings out of Shaw (or Allen). Either way, Shaw made poor pitches, and what could have been a come-from-behind win ended up a disappointing loss.
Other Tribe News
Francona talks about the decision to pitch Shaw in the eighth. The key quote:
"Zach could've come in and got them out," Francona said. "But, in my mind, Shaw was facing the guys he was supposed to."
The reasoning was that Shaw had an excellent history against the players due up for the White Sox.
Pluto talks about the (so far) dynamic Naptana in the middle of the order, as well as the latest whereabouts of several LGFTs.
The reason why no one was in the upper deck yesterday was because the overnight snow had turned into ice.
Swisher didn't stay unsigned for too long.
The first week of the season has seen a couple high-profile calls involving slides at second base. I think the longer the season goes on, the more used to the new rules players will get.
Madison Bumgarner now has 12 career home runs, tying him with Yovanni Gallardo as the active leader among pitchers. In his last two seasons, he's posted OPSes of .755 and .743. That batting line would keep a starting catcher or middle infielder employed.
The record was three pinch-hit home runs, the first time in MLB history that's ever happened.