Cody Allen was on the mound in last night’s win over the Texas Rangers. Cody Allen did everything he had to to preserve said win, including striking out three Rangers batters to close it out. But that still wasn’t enough to stop the scorching Twitter hot takes every time he dared to do anything besides strike someone out.
Granted, it got a little scary there with Mike Napoli turning his back to the people he once loved and launching a double to center field, but god damn, it’s the second game of the season and Cody Allen has consistently been one of the better closers in the league.
Considering how many teams would kill for a closer like Allen — a closer good enough to let Terry Francona use Andrew Miller wherever he damn well pleases — maybe he deserves a break. Besides, you all need to save some of this blind hate for Byran Shaw. He’ll probably be in tonight.
These baseless reliever hot takes come in all shapes and sizes, and I believe Indians fans went through most of them last night. Let’s take a look.
Never really have like Cody Allen sooooo— keithalbertzeitler (@keithzeitler) April 5, 2017
Cody Allen is for sure blowing it— keithalbertzeitler (@keithzeitler) April 5, 2017
He said for sure, and that means for sure, you guys.
I don't trust Cody Allen. I never have. He's good but I have zero trust— Cade Cummings (@CadeCummings_23) April 5, 2017
“I mean, he’s good which implies I should trust him but I don’t trust him because right now at this current moment he is giving up a couple hits. Therefore, no trust. Oh wait he struck out someone trust again now please.”
Good to see Cody Allen is already in postseason form.... https://t.co/dsMW3pcnQe— Colin Snider (@ColinMSnider) April 5, 2017
Jordan Bastian would have none of it in his mentions:
@ColinMSnider In postseason, Allen literally allowed zero earned runs and had one of the highest K/9's in relief history.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 5, 2017
Cody Allen weak af.— nWo (@shaneborland_) April 5, 2017
I want one game where Cody Allen doesn't give me a coronary.— Conrad (@TS_Conrad) April 5, 2017
How about literally the game before this one where he allowed one hit and struck out three of the four batters he faced? Or maybe all of last year’s playoffs?
Cody Allen again....right where he left off last year. #rallytogether— Scott Erckman (@Erckul73) April 5, 2017
*which is saving games.
Cody Allen doing Cody Allen things...— Kimberly ✌️ (@kimbamarimba) April 5, 2017
You know what, in a bigger moment, I concede this could be a good point. But in the second game of the season I’d rather not have my best reliever throw two innings.
Cody Allen pisses me off so much and it kills me that the guy I'm dating looks like him— Emily Philbrick (@E_effin_P) April 5, 2017
Pointless and oddly specific.
It's really hard to watch Cody Allen close— Derek Draper (@DerekDraper33) April 5, 2017
Get your shit together Cody Allen!— Dionicio Sams (@TorreySams) April 5, 2017
@LetsGoTribe how many more shitty outings until we can finally get rid of this. Allen is awful— Patrick McLaughlin (@patrickmcl9) April 5, 2017
Of course, after Allen turns it on and shuts opposing teams down, there is always the post-hot-take regret. You know how these go already — a lot of celebrating and not a lot of self-awareness about in-the-moment hot takes.
So I’ll leave you with my favorite 180 of the evening:
Cody allen is a fool— indians season (@_TlTO_) April 5, 2017
Big penis cody allen knew he'd get out of it go windians (2-0)— indians season (@_TlTO_) April 5, 2017