Here’s to a great week!
Tigers 5, Indians 3
Detroit made Corey Kluber work hard, building up his pitch count and forcing the Tribe to go to their bullpen in the sixth inning. Nick Goody and Dan Otero promptly struggled while the Tigers’ shaky bullpen somehow held it together in Sunday night’s loss. The Indians head into the All-Star break with a 47-40 record and 2.5 game lead in the AL Central.
JRam hit a two-run homer and reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances Sunday night. He’s hit .405 over his last 40 games.
More Ramirez love (he deserves it). From Zack Meisel:
He's trotting along on the infield dirt, completing that adrenaline-aided lap that has become more and more familiar.
The 24,000 or so standing in front of their green seats are chanting his first name, with a drawn-out cadence that can stick in one's head for hours.
Jose Ramirez can peer up and spot the Goodyear blimp. He can scan the camera bay and find an ESPN logo. He can gaze at the Indians' dugout and catch his teammates preparing to shower him with praise for yet another critical contribution at the plate.
Local T-shirt companies can't produce merchandise bearing his face (or his hair on a shades-sporting baseball) at a rapid enough pace. His first name serves as the title of a new blend of coffee. His last name can be found near the top of a plethora of statistical leaderboards.
Ramirez is the talk of the town.
Fingers crossed Lonnie is ok.
Around the League
- Mike Trout is slated to return Friday after missing 39 games.
- Could a team steal Brandon Belt from the Giants at the trade deadline?
- Brent Honeywell, U.S. bats take Futures game (Meija had a hit though).