Yesterday's Game: Cleveland 4, Seattle 3
If you want the Too Long; Didn't Read version: All 7 runs were scored in the first inning, and both starters recovered after that poor start. It was very cold. Andrew Miller overcame a poor strike zone. Cody Allen was very, very good.
Cody Allen now has these pitching rates:
H/9: 9.0 (.526 BABIP)
Add all that up and you have an utterly dominating 10 innings of pitching.
Remember when we were concerned about Michael Brantley and Carlos Carrasco heading into the season? Pluto does touch on the outfield defense, which has been very poor, though last year's outfield D wasn't that much better. It would be nice to find a good defensive center fielder who can also hit, but for now the Indians are choosing to go with offense over defense.
Also, the Indians, with yesterday's win, have clinched a winning April. Last year's club had a losing record in April (their only sub-.500 month), though that sub-.500 record was 10-11, not exactly a disastrous start.
Salazar's defense has hurt his total numbers, though yesterday all three runs came via home run, something that the defense can't control. One of the other points of the article is that the release point on his pitches has been harder to differentiate, and that has helped his effectiveness quite a bit.
Check out the photos at the top of the article.
Shelby Miller, who looked so good against the Indians, will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the 2017 season.
Adam Eaton is also out for the rest of the year, as he tore the ACL in his left knee in a collision on Friday.
Carlos Gomez hit for the cycle last night