Did the Indians play particularly bad last night? No. The go-ahead run scored off the Indians bullpen, but Tommy Hunter made good pitches on both the leadoff single and the RBI single. On both plays the catch could have been made, but that's assuming an exceptional play. In both the eighth and ninth innings the Tribe's third out was made on well-hit balls (Uribe drove the ball to the warning track, Kipnis hit a screaming liner that the right field leaped to grab). It's that this one-run loss has come at the heels of other poor one-run losses on this road trip that tars it with the same brush. Ultimately, though, it's shown in the standings the same way.
The Indians ended April with a thud, going below .500 with the loss last night. Also, Francona seriously thought of playing Carlos Santana in right field on Friday night, but desisted when Napoli came down with stiff neck. Thank goodness for stiff necks.
So far Tyler Naquin has been everything the Indians could have hoped for. We'll see what happens once pitchers start throwing him more pitches up in the zone, but in his first major-league month he's been very good at the plate. Early returns on his defense are dragging his overall value down.
Can't really improve on the headline, so I won't try.
April tends to be the least predictive (as in the rate stats tend not to be indicative of the season stats) of all the months in the baseball season. Which does make some sense, especially for pitchers.
With the Braves mired in an April to forget, you wonder whether Fredi Gonzalez will be the fall guy for what is poised to be the worst team in the majors no matter who is managing it. Speaking of managers feeling the heat, Joe Girardi seems like one of them, both with his comments about the shift last week and other responses recently.
Curtis was pitching for Arizona's High-A affiliate when he got told he was going to the majors. Understandably, he was rather surprised.