Baseball is officially back! The Cleveland Indians completed the comeback yesterday against the Texas Rangers to get their first win of 2017, and it was an exciting one.
Indians 8, Rangers 5
What was supposed to be a duel between two elite pitchers ended up being a slugfest between two of the top offenses in the American League. Neither Corey Kluber nor Yu Darvish looked sharp, both teams combined for five home runs, and the Tribe bullpen picked up right where they left off last season. Oh, and Edwin Encarnacion smashed his first home run as a member of the Cleveland Indians. OH, and Yandy Diaz was awesome.
Jason Kipnis may not be on the field with his teammates at the moment, but he’s still showing the world that he is the heart and soul of this Cleveland Indians team. A truly fantastic read.
As many speculated during yesterday’s game thread, Kluber seemed to struggle due to a busted callus on a finger on his pitching hand. Regardless, the staff ace was able to buckle down and keep the game within reach for the rest of his team.
I don’t want to get you too excited, but Edwin Encarnacion is on pace to hit 162 home runs this season. #Math’d
In 2016, Brantley struggled to get healthy and ultimately had a disappointing season. A year later, he was able to take the field with his teammates on Opening Day.
Around the League
- As if the Red Sox couldn’t be any more obnoxious, they brought out Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski to...play keep away with Tom Brady’s recently recovered jersey? I don’t know...
- The St. Louis Cardinals and Stephen Piscotty have agreed to a 6 year/$33.5 million dollar contract extension.
- Felix Hernandez exited yesterday’s game early in the fifth inning due to tightness in his groin.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers combined to hit the home run cycle and pummeled the Padres.
- And finally, this is why you can’t have nice things, Oakland: