Thank god for Fridays. And Corey Kluber. And wins. Yeah. All that stuff is awesome. Everything is awesome!
Despite a frustrating loss on Wednesday, the Indians clinched a series win behind the continued dominance of Corey Kluber. The Klubot was fully engaged once again, striking out double digits for the 4th start in a row and going deep into the game to save a recently overtaxed bullpen. The offense did some stuff, too. Enough to win at least.
Tribe news & notes
Kluber generated 21 swings and misses in yesterday’s game, but the ace insists his penchant for strikeouts is just a byproduct of “making good pitches. Always with the understatements - exactly the kind of thing you’d expect from an unfeeling artificial construct.
Few things generate more ballyhoo than every Tribe decision to sacrifice bunt, but is it really all that bad? Michael Bode does what Michael Bode does best: crunches the numbers and provides a solid case. In this scenario, he shows that bunting with a poor hitter really isn’t that big a deal.
You know wecan’t mention Francisco Mejia without throwing some shade toward Jonathan Lucroy, Because Lucroy gracefully vetoed his trade to Cleveland last summer, we are blessed to be able to watch Mejia blossom into a beautiful flower right here in out farm system, setting the stage for the Pax Francisco in 2018 and beyond.
News from around baseball
- Fangraphs looks at the tale of the tape in comparing Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge
- MLB pitchers definitely believe the ball is juiced (but I believe they’re all just bad)
- Josh Donaldson may be close in the All-Star Game 3B vote, but he knows he doesn’t deserve it
- Fun time injury news! Trea Turner left yesterday’s game with a wrist fracture and Yankees rookie Dustin Fowler left his major league debut game with an open rupture of his right pateller tendon (author’s note: good god that sounds awful)