There have been quite a few terrible Cleveland Indians game this season, but not for several weeks. Maybe we were getting a little uppity on our high horses assuming baseball was always supposed to be so much fun and enjoyable every single day. Well, message received, Baseball Gods. Now if you would please stop trying to kill Carlos Carrasco with comebackers, that’d be lovely.
Luckily Carlos The Human Baseball Magnet was able to deflect a shot off his glove (and nearly catch it!) but there were several other balls that did much more damage to his night. It was more like the middling four-seam fastball and ineffective curveball that really did him in. Maybe it was Miguel Sano crushing a ball 112 miles per hour, or Ryan LaMarre turning a 104.4 mile-per-hour hit into a double. I don’t know, one of those was probably not great for Cookie.
It’s still too early to blow the injury whistle on Carrasco — he did allow a combined three runs over 22 innings early this season, after all — but we can probably count out a Cy Young contention, unless he really finds something in himself leading up to, and quickly after, the All-Star break. Over his last three starts, he’s given up three home runs and 14 earned runs. Two of those were against the Houston Astros, but he looked arguably at his worst tonight against a deflated Minnesota Twins team.
Unfortunately for Jeff Beliveau and Neil Ramirez, they finally had good games but no one will believe them when they look at the box score. Once the dust settles and we forget all about Carrasco’s late-May, early-June struggles, we’ll glance at this game and laugh to ourselves at how pitiful the bullpen must have been to give up seven runs covering a Carlos Carrasco start. Meanwhile, we’ll all be missing the wonderful combined performance of Beliveau and Ramirez that saw them hold down the fort for 2.1 scoreless innings. Oh and Josh Tomlin giving up a home run, of course.
The offense provided a bit of life, but just not enough. The normally stellar top-third of the lineup went 1-for-10 with a strikeout. Instead, it was Greg Allen providing most of the spark and potentially playing well enough to keep his job. It’s unlikely he sticks around with that juicy option floating over his head, but if Erik Gonzalez can fend off a far worse player with a good week leading up to the decision, why can’t Greg Allen do the same to Rajai Davis? He had two hits, including a triple that could had a real possibility of being an inside-the-park home run if Mark Budzinski had any guts as the third base coach.