The WBC is over, the regular season doesn’t start for nearly two weeks, and most of the sports world is obsessing over college basketball. So why not let’s take a deep dive into irrelevant exhibition games?! I kid, I kid. The Tribe beat the Rockies 8-3 yesterday behind a nice performance form the ace. More on that game and other news below:
I have a notion that Spring Training games closer to the start of the regular season count more than early ST games in some undefinable, arbitrary way. So in that sense, it’s really great to see Corey Kluber strike out eight dudes in seven innings of work. I’ll assign the same arbitrarily high significance to Abe Almonte’s 3-3 day. Michael Martinez’ RBI double, however, meant literally nothing.
The Indians aren’t going to let Yandy play 3B to start the season. I’m only including this link to placate Matt.
The WFNY crew discusses the risks inherent in the Tribe rotation for the upcoming season, as well as potential surprises. Mike Clevinger is looking strong this spring, and could be one of those surprises.
Four of them are returning - but one of them returns a champion. Andrew Miller returns to Tribe camp with a gold medal, having pitched just 2 2⁄3 innings over the course of four games. Francisco Lindor was a standout for Puerto Rico, and should have no trouble re-adjusting to the Tribe lineup. Roberto Perez barely saw any WBC play time, so Tito is interested in getting him back up to speed. Joe Colon is a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians baseball organization.
News from around the league
- Burning River Baseball thinks the 2017 WBC was the best yet, but there’s still room for improvement
- Yoenis Cespedes thinks baseball would grow if it adopted more Latin culture
- Luis Valbuena is apparently good enough again that people care that he will miss 4-6 weeks of the season
- Jake Arrieta hit a 465-foot homer