Off days are always a bit of a bummer once the season has gotten into full swing, doubly so when the Indians manage to go undefeated at home for a full month. But a trip to Detroit should liven things up, as the Indians get to face star pitchers like Jordan Zimmerman and The Artist Formerly Known as Justin Verlander. So as we prepare for the series ahead, here’s a look at what else is going on around the league.
Indians news & notes
At last, the Indians’ starting rotation is as good as (or better than) adverstised | Cleveland.com - Honest question: what Indians rotation in recent memory was better than Kluber-Carrasco-Salazar-Bauer-Tomlin? If these five keep performing at anywhere close to this level for the rest of the year, it bodes really well for us in a potential short series.
Bullpen sessions paying off for Indians | Indians.com - The secret to the Indians’ rotation success may just be their dedication to participating in - and watching each others’ - daily bullpen sessions. The unusual practice seems to be paying dividends, and developing a sense of team accountability that is often lacking when dealing with people who play such an individualistic position.
While you were Cavs-ing | Waiting for Next Year - I don’t think this applies to to many LGT readers, but hey, it’s a slow news day. WFNY’s Michael Bode gets lapsed Tribe fas caught up on the Indians season so far.
1995-98 throwback Indians cards | Cleveland.com - If you ever wanted to look at 30 cards from the late 90’s Indians teams, well, this link is for you.
News from around the league
- Fangraphs examines the disconnect between Eric Hosmer’s defensive metrics and the perception of his defense
- The Rockies have requested release waivers for Jose Reyes
- The Giants are open to Madison Bumgarner competing in the homerun derby
- Maybe the Pirates trading Andrew McCutcheon isn’t as crazy as it sounds
- Scott Steiner dropped an elbow on one of Pittsburgh’s pierogies