I wouldn’t necessarily say that baseball was fun yesterday because the Cleveland Indians lost both Carlos Carrasco and Abraham Almonte to injuries, but it was at least more fun because the team won. Had Cleveland lost, the day would have felt downright abysmal. So, let’s win another one.
Rays 7, Indians 8
Former Tribe draft pick Chris Archer struggled mightily in the first inning and gave up 5 runs. He gave up two additional runs over the next two innings, but thanks to Carlos Carrasco having a short, ineffective outing due to an injury, the Rays were able to climb back into the game. Andrew Miller and Cody Allen each gave up a run, but the offense (led by home runs from Lonnie Chisenhall and Francisco Lindor) did enough to overcome the shortcomings of the pitching staff.
Former Cleveland bullpen coach Kevin Cash was greeted in Cleveland with a large prank on the jumbo scoreboard in Progressive Field courtesy of Terry Francona.
Jason Kipnis has been a main beneficiary of Tito’s lineup shakeup now that he finds himself leading off for the Tribe. And while Carlos Santana had been doing extremely well in that position, Kipnis is now thriving at the top of the Tribe lineup thus far.
Around the League
- Carlos Beltran has had an incredible career, but is he worthy of Cooperstown?
- Jeff Passan says that there is no reason to worry about the below-.500 Cubs. If by “no reason to worry” he means “the Cubs are definitely headed towards another 108 years of pain and suffering”, then I agree.
- The Mets, on the other hand, are probably in panic mode.
- The Giants (specifically left field) are having problems slugging.
- This week’s graphical standings update by Reddit user /u/n4rcotix is not as nice as last week’s, but it’s not terrible: