Here’s to a great week!
D-Backs 3, Indians 2
After opening the season with a three-game sweep of the Rangers in Texas, the Indians were swept in a three-game set by Arizona and are now 3-3 on the year.
Corey Kluber was solid, but not spectacular, giving up two earned runs in six innings. Edwin Encarnacion had two hits for the struggling Indians’ offense.
The Tribe ace pitched through back issues Sunday. It doesn’t seem to be too serious (knock on wood).
Not fun. At all.
When Jason Kipnis is ready to come off the disabled list, manager Terry Francona said he will meet with Michael Brantley and him to discuss where they might hit in the Indians' lineup. From Paul Hoynes:
Last year Kipnis made 153 starts in the No.2 spot. Francisco Lindor, headed into Sunday’s game against Arizona, has hit second in the first five games of the season. Last year Lindor made 152 starts in the No.3 spot in the lineup.
The return of Michael Brantley has changed that arrangement.
“I’ve thought about a lot of stuff,” said Francona. “When Kipnis comes back I want to sit down with him and Brantley. . .They both have ideas and I want to hear them.”
Francona would prefer not to hit Kipnis and Brantley consecutively in the lineup. He feels that makes them vulnerable because the opposition could bring in a left-handed reliever in a key part of the game and put them at a disadvantage because they both hit left-handed.
Around the League
- The commish thinks relievers “slow the game down” and likely will look to address the zillions of pitching changes we see in baseball now.
- LGFT Jeanmar Gomez is on his way to losing the closer’s job in Philly.
- Otis Nixon, former Brave speedster, is missing. Police in an Atlanta suburb are asking for help to find the 58-year-old.