While I was at the gym last night, I sent a message to the other writers in our Slack chat and said that there must be some crazy stuff going on in the game if the score was 12-9 (at the time). Apparently I missed the best game of the season, which means that I need to be working out during the remainder of this season’s games. Hopefully I’m in a non-round shape by the end of the season.
In a game in which Carlos Carrasco gave up 8 earned runs and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning, the Indians managed a late game comeback highlighted by three multi-run innings and another shutdown performance by the bullpen. Oh, and the Rangers struck out 17 times.
There should be more information before tonight’s game, but Tito is luckily okay after leaving the game prematurely due to an illness. This isn’t the first time that Francona has left a game early this month, so hopefully whatever is ailing him passes soon. Someone on Reddit said hat Tito accidentally swallowed his tobacco, but I won’t trust the medical diagnosis of Redditors. I will, however, take into consideration the medical treatment plan provided by Twitter:
I think Terry Francona just needs a stash of sugar free grape popsicles and he'll be alright— Olivia Smith (@oliviafallsdown) June 27, 2017
While the Indians certainly don’t miss his current .192/.272/.418 slash line (OPS+ of 76), Mike Napoli brought something special to Cleveland and had a major role on the team that came one game away from a championship. Keep on partying, Nap.
Zack Meisel’s most recent, Michael Jackson-themed piece reiterates what a lot of Tribe fans are currently feeling: this is a damn good team that continues to falter right when it looks like they’re going to get on a role. Hopefully the summer months bring some better and more exciting baseball to Cleveland (and I mean the city; please play better at home).
Arouund the League
- The Nationals apparently think that Francisco Rodriguez can somehow help their bullpen.
- The Dodgers, led by Cody Bellinger, are really good at baseball.
- Kyle Schwarber isn’t surprised that he got demoted. It’s almost like making the comparison between a 24 year old who has fewer than 600 plate appearances and one of the best players of all time is a tad ridiculous.
- If this included today’s game, it would look just a bit better: