Today’s recap in gif form
The actual recap
Many expected today’s matchup to be a low-scoring pitchers duel, but Jose Ramirez dismantled that narrative early. He led the Cleveland Indians on an assault against the Detroit Tigers pitching staff this afternoon in a game that featured nineteen runs and thirty hits. Ramirez opened the scoring in today’s game in the first with a three-run home run, and then punctuated his afternoon with an exclamatory three-run bomb to left center. Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana also homered, and the Tigers never seriously threatened the Tribe after that.
Justin Verlander struggled once again at Progressive Field, surrendering three home runs and seven total runs. Until today, Verlander pitched 20 consecutive games giving up fewer than four runs and pitching at least five innings. Neither of those things happened today. The Indians offense rebounded after a week of hitting woes and drove in nine runs against Verlander, which is the worst showing of his career.
Corey Kluber, meanwhile, didn’t fair too well himself after the first time through the order. Kluber struck out the side to open the game, retiring ten out of eleven hitters. In the fourth, he surrendered three runs on consecutive hits: a double by Miguel Cabrera, a single by Victor Martinez, and a 435-foot bleacher shot by Justin Upton. While the Tigers may not be a contender this year, it still possesses firepower that can wreck anyone’s afternoon.
At the same time, five Kluber pitches have been launched out of the ballpark this season. Last year in the regular season, Kluber allowed only twenty-two total home runs. He had excellent stuff, but leaked a few too many pitches over the center of the plate. Don’t start firing up the hot take generator quite yet, but it’s something to keep an eye on.
Is Jose Ramirez a serious candidate for the All-Star team?
Yes. He looks like he might be even better than he was last year.
How are you so sure about that?
Did you watch him today?
That’s a really good point tbh, thanks.
A few items of note:
- Lonnie Chisenhall is tied for sixth among all center fielders (?!) with two home runs and six RBI. He has fewer than a dozen plate appearances.
- The Indians have won forty-nine consecutive games scoring at least four runs during Corey Kluber starts.
- Four is an awkward number of bullet points.
- Yan Gomes is the only Cleveland Indian that failed to record a hit. He did not reach base, and struck out four times. You are permitted to take the hot take generator out of the manufacturer’s packaging.
Top posts from Indians social media
Lonnie Chisenhall just absolutely crushed that Verlander pitch. As has been in the case since 2015, Indians just own Verlander. Deep sigh.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 15, 2017
Indians crushing it and all I can think of is Yan Gomes being super jealous of how well Michael Martinez hit the ball.— michael bode (@mgbode_WFNY) April 15, 2017
The Indians meet the Tigers tomorrow, Easter Sunday, for the rubber match. The commenter with the best joke regarding tomorrow’s holiday and Yan Gomes’ career wins a $5.00 gift card to the coffee establishment of his or her choosing.