Funny how all it takes is a “sweep” of the Twins for all to seem right in the world again. The Indians are a (tied for) first place team again! Next, the Tribe marches into Guaranteed Rate Field™ to take on the White Sox. In the meantime, here’s what’s happening in Tribeland and beyond.
Indians 6, Twins 2
Despite a wonky inning that saw him balk in a run, Trevor Bauer had a pretty solid outing. Tribe bats feasted on the Minnesota ‘pen after being stifled by Twins starter Ervin Santana.
Indians news & notes
This isn’t technically a Tribe article, but the first paragraph is a doozy. Apparently, the Indians offered Francisco Lindor around $100 million before the season and Lindor turned it down. It’s not super surprising, but it’s a bit of a wake up call and reminder that we should enjoy every second of Frankie’s Tribe career while we can.
It’s not just filling seats and having more money to sign free agents - there’s a whole list of ways the Tribe’s business improved based on their deep playoff run.
I may be LGT’s resident Matt Underwood apologist, but this... this is pretty dumb. I still maintain that Underwood, despite not being the most knowledgeable, is at least interested and eager to learn. I put most of the blame on Manning for talking down to/over Underwood any time Underwood brings up something more complex than RBI.
News from around baseball
- The latest thing Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is whining about: fans yelling “I got it!” to make Tigers players drop pop-ups
- Sticking with the whiny baby theme, Clayton Kershaw didn’t appreciate a Rockies pitcher being “disrespectful”
- Transitioning from whiny babies into straight up dickheads, Cubs pitcher John Lackey and pitching coach Chris Bosio implied that Eric Thames is on PEDs
- Andrew McCutcheon actually isn’t great at centre field but thanks to Starling Marte’s suspension, he’s got a second chance
- Is it possible that the Rangers’ real problem is their lineup and not their bullpen?
- You may be shocked to find out Rob Manfred is open to an MLB team in Vegas