For the Cleveland Indians, the weekend ended on a high note. The offense finally kicked into gear, Josh Tomlin pitched like a man on fire throwing fire, and I can’t think of a third thing but this felt like a list that needed three things so I’m filling time until I start the next paragraph.
For the Los Angeles Angels, and for baseball in general, the weekend ended poorly when Mike Trout sprained his thumb on a hard slide into second base. His bonkers start to the season finally has people talking about him as much as they should, and then he goes and gets injured. Luckily, initial tests did not reveal a break or tear, just a sprain, but it could still result in Trout’s first disabled list trip of his storied career.
Indians 10, Royals 1
FanGraphs has a great mini-interview with Triston McKenzie in their Sunday notes. He’s only 19, but already seems to have the maturity and the talent of a player in his prime. It’s hard not to get excited about him.
WFNY’s Michael Bode wonders if the Tribe are in a sort of World Series hangover. Whatever the reason for their slow start, it’s hard not to share a bit of Bode’s frustration, even with the “it’s still early” cloud floating over everything. No matter how early it is in the season, we still watch this team every day, and it’s okay to feel a little miffed about them starting so poorly.
Jerry Lawler joins in on hotdog race | Twitter
Gonna be honest here, even after Googling I’m not completely sure who Jerry Lawler is, but he has something to do with wrestling and there seems to be inexplicable crossover between wrestling and baseball fans, so here go.
Around the league
- Mike Trout is very good at (and for) baseball, and he might be headed to the disabled list for the first time in his career with a sprained thumb. Hopefully he’s back and tearing up the league before the NBA and NHL finals are over.
- Chase Headly — remember that guy? He’s on the Yankees now, and he might be on the way out. Or not, writes Pinstripe Alley.
- Striking batters out is a pretty good strategy, just ask the Astros.