Happy Sunday, everyone!
Indians 3, Reds 3
The first Tribe game of 2019 ended in a tie against their in-state rival, the Cincinnati Reds. Tyler Naquin hit a home run in his first at-bat, Adam Plutko and Adam Cimber both had clean outings, and Roberto Perez got a hit. Most importantly, no one left the field injured.
Hanley Ramirez is 35 and has struggled with injuries in various stages of his career. But if he’s healthy, he can add some of that slugging power that the Cleveland lineup seems to be sorely missing at this point. He will be an interesting player to keep an eye on this spring.
There have been discussions for a couple of years, but Tyler Clippard is now a part of the Cleveland organization and he’s looking to make an impact.
So am I, Trevor. So am I.
That’s all well and good, but it’s much easier to achieve lofty goals when you sign some key players in the off-season and don’t lose others in the process.
I don’t have the data, but I don’t feel like many of the Tribe pitchers took a ton of time between pitches last season, so this really shouldn’t make too much of a difference to them.
Around the league
- Max Scherzer, on the other hand, is not a fan of the pitch clock.
- Jorge Alfaro injured his knee chasing a foul ball.
- Aaron Hicks is still upset about the ALDS. I can relate.
- Add J.D. Martinez to the growing list of players who are not happy with the current state of free agency.
- Trey Mancini stepped up for the Orioles when they needed it most:
In Adam Jones' absence, Trey Mancini took it upon himself to continue the Orioles tradition of ordering in platters of Popeyes chicken for the clubhouse after the first spring training game. It was appreciated by all.— Jon Meoli (@JonMeoli) February 24, 2019