Sometimes mediocre is treated as a bad word. After this week's games, mediocre is looking pretty good. The Indians' two wins this week have come with great pitching performances, while, the four losses this week (with the exception of Bauer's start, which was actually decent considering the circumstances) were awful. Carlos Carrasco made a four-run mistake to Mitch Moreland after a couple of other mistakes prolonged the first inning. The offense couldn't push a run across even with reaching base 9 times (the Rangers reached base 11 times). And Carrasco, unlike Bauer, couldn't pitch deep into the game, so Chris Gimenez had to pitch the eighth to save the bullpen for tomorrow.
So what's Guyer's secret?
"There's no plan ever to get hit by a pitch," Guyer said. "That's the last thing I want. I just don't know how to move, so it happens."
I'm not entirely sure what the headline is trying to tell me, but the story is about Carlos Santana having one of his best seasons. Also! In a move that should surprise no one, the Indians are going to bring up one of the AAA catchers for September, so Terry Francona should be able to pinch-hit for Perez/Gimenez even more.
Pluto throws out one statistic that should give anyone pause:
The Tribe's starting pitchers had a 6.14 ERA in August, a collapse no one saw coming
And that includes what Corey Kluber has done.
Two players (Victor Martinez, JD Martinez), manager Brad Ausmus, and hitting coach Wally Joyner were all thrown out by home plate umpire Mike Everitt last night. The point of contention seemed to be a low strike zone.
I think Cameron got to the heart of the matter; the Dodgers couldn't keep both Ellis and Ruiz because of 40-man roster considerations. They have seven (!) players on the 60-day DL, and some of them will be activated between now and the end of the season.
As it turned out, Jeffress wouldn't be activated from the Restricted List after just one game, as MLB stepped in and blocked the transaction, something that I don't remember happening. MLB wanted to wait for further testing to come back before releasing him to play.