Two days with no baseball activity whatsoever has me jonesing hard to get a hit of the good stuff again. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait any longer. Here’s a look at what’s happened in the meantime and what’s yet to come:
Indians news & notes
The big, and unfortunately bad, news of the break is that Mr. Lon Dong Silver himself will be starting off the second half on the DL thanks to a calf strain. Lonnie’s breakout season is going to be on hold for at least 10 days. Fortunately for him, he’ll have a buddy in Jason Kipnis to keep him company.
From Francisco Lindor’s struggles to Michael Brantley’s lack of power output, there’s been a lot of puzzling occurrences in the first half or Tribe baseball. But which of these trends, if any, are likely to continue? Zack Meisel provides analysis, with one very clear message: don’t doubt Jose Ramirez.
In the words of Jason Kipnis, the 2017 AL Central has been shitty. Second half projections expect the Tribe to be clear frontrunners, but it might not matter all that much.
Trade season is officially underway with the swap of Jose Quintana to the Cubs for top prospects (more on that below). Will the Indians pull the trigger on another big move this season? It’s hard to see them pulling something as big as the Andrew Miller deal again, but you shouldn’t be surprised if they do. That’s the new Chernofetti MO.
The Indians’ opponent in last year’s World Series just greatly upgraded their rotation by trading two top prospects to an Indians divisional rival. The natural response, if you’re a dummy, is to belligerently ask “why couldn’t the Indians have gotten this guy?!” But that was never, ever going to happen.
Around the league
- yes, as alluded to above, there was a big swap in Chicagoland yesterday
- CBS sports has a very bad update to its top 100 players which places Aaron Judge at #1
- In some odd news, Colby Rasmus has decided to “step away from baseball”
- Prepare for the return of Fat Shortstop! The Red Sox have released Jhonny Peralta
- Everyone is doing mid-season awards because not having baseball but still having deadlines leads to a lot of boring stuff and I just picked this one randomly
- Did you ever wonder what would happen if everyone on the Mets was Tim Tebow? No, me neither.