Between my crazy work schedule and going to see the Tribe twice this past weekend, it feels like it's been forever since I've actually put up a news article. Maybe it's the sudden shift in my schedule that has me starting work at 5am, but it seems like the days have been dragging since last Tuesday when the Cleveland Indians held a 2.5 game lead over the next best team in the AL Central. But here we are, a week later, and the Indians are still holding onto their division lead. By this time next week, hopefully it's larger than two games. But until then, on with the news!
Indians 1, Royals 2
Boy, KC sure knows how to ruin a good time, don't they? Having not watched the majority of the game (I was, instead, watching Sony's E3 Press Conference in which they doomed beloved 90s mascot Crash Bandicoot to a fate worse than hell: being a part of the Skylanders' series), when I saw the box score, my initial thought was "so which Royal blooped their way to victory this time?". Turns out, it was something called a Whit Merrifield, whom I'm told is an actual person who is paid actual money to pretend to play actual baseball for the Kansas City Royals. Merrifield hit a triple and a home run (his first of his major league career), both of which contributed to the only runs for Kansas City. I don't know who you are, Merrifield, but you've earned my scorn.
Unless you've been under a rock for the past few months (and if you have, that's fine; who am I to tell you how to live your life?), you know that Tribe catcher Yan Gomes is having tremendous difficulty at the plate. Monday night's contest didn't help matters as Gomes hit into not one, but two double plays. But regardless, Tito and the rest of the team firmly believe that he is going to break out any day now. For Gomes' sake, I really hope that he gets hot very soon.
Down in Lake County, Indians' prospect Francisco Mejia extended his hitting streak to 20 games and hit his fifth homer in seven games. Could a promotion be in order for Frankie 2.0?
Around the League
- Max Scherzer was absolutely phenomenal on Monday night against a very dangerous Chicago Cubs lineup, going 7 innings and striking out 11 Cubs in the process. The Cubs are very worried about what Scherzer could do to them come October.
- Pete Rose is upset (shocking) at someone in professional baseball (shocking again). This time, his ire is directed towards Ichiro Suzuki, who is threatening to break Rose's all-time hit record.
- In news that is surprising to no one, internet blogs (this time of the San Diego Padre variety) complained about someone in power and demanded for them to be fired. The culprit? Padres CEO Mike Dee.
- In an attempt to make everyone really buy into #EvenYearMagic, the Giants are looking to trade for LF Ryan Braun.
- And finally, Juan Uribe put up a pretty good argument for why he wasn't utilizing proper athletic protection during this weekend's game:
Juan Uribe (testicular contusion) said no BP today. Asked why he doesn't use a cup, he said: "I don't think the trainers have my size." Oh.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 13, 2016