Happy Tuesday, everyone! Here’s to more games and still no injuries!
Indians 6, Brewers 7
Dan Otero blew a save in the third inning, Eric Haase currently holds an OPS of 2.857, and the Indians dropped game three of the spring to the Milwaukee Brewers. On a positive note, Josh Tomlin picked up a pair of strikeouts in his two inning spring debut and Francisco Mejia homered in his only at-bat of the day.
Tomlin knows that the baseball season is a marathon and not a sprint (along with many other “the road is long” cliches) and that to finish on top, you’ll need more than the 25 men on the Opening Day roster. Fortunately for Cleveland, the depth at the pitching position is one of their strengths and it has been for the past few seasons.
Speaking of depth, the outfield. There are so many players trying to fill so few spots in the Cleveland outfield, inevitably some will not make the cut come Opening Day. Tyler Naquin is doing everything in his power to not be one of those cut. Side note, since I was at the ballpark for the inside-the-park-walk-off-home-run a few seasons ago, I am rooting for Naquin to break camp with the team, however unlikely that may seem.
Hoynes watched Monday’s game and came to conclusions that many of us already had.
Around the league
- Since Aaron Judge had shoulder surgery this winter, he will be slow to get back to 100% this spring.
- Corey Kluber may be a Cy Young level pitcher, but his coloring game may be even better than that.
- Shoehei Ohtani made his DH debut on Monday and had two walks and an RBI single.
- Felix Hernandez was hit in the arm during Monday’s game and had to leave the game early.
- Russell Wilson (yes, from the NFL) took BP with the Yankees on Monday and hit six home runs.
- Noah Syndergaard seems to be ready for the regular season.
- Kevin Gausman collided with Jeimer Candelario at the plate in Monday’s Orioles/Tigers game. Thankfully, he seems to be alright.
- Mikey Duarte is trying to earn a spot with the Chicago White Sox, but every day is a nightmare as he still deals with the loss of his sister Christina, who was killed in the Las Vegas shooting last October.
Getting drafted. Now taking off for my first spring training. Doesnt feel real. Hug your brothers and sisters so tight and never be afraid to kiss your momma. For you Cheekies !! I miss you and love you so much. pic.twitter.com/bsxzqyB7PQ— Michael Christiana Duarte (@DuarteMjduarte) February 26, 2018
Zot zot, Mikey.