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N&N: Corey Kluber has no reason to believe he won’t pitch again in 2019

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Morning N&N for May 8, 2019

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals Peter G. Aiken

I don’t know what to tell you. I really don’t. The Indians are facing really bad pitching on a nightly basis, and making that bad pitching look like Pedro Martinez on a nightly basis.

The Indians scored zero runs again last night, which you can read about here or here. They scored 1 the night before that. And got shut out the night before that. Entering Tuesday, they had one batter with a wRC+ of more than 100. (Their shortstop rose to 101 by the time Tuesday’s game was over.) They managed 5 hits last night. 3 by this guy and 2 by this guy. Leonys Martín now has one hit in his last 31 ABs.

I enjoyed The Max Moroff Era more than this.

Anywaaaaayyyys…

Corey Kluber does not believe that his arm injury will end his season.

• Jon Edwards was optioned to AAA to create room on the 25-man for yesterday’s SP Jefry Rodriguez.

• Are the Indians scouting James Shields? Hope not. Unless he can play the outfield.

Scores of interest

Twins 3, Blue Jays 0. Yep, the Twins just keep winning. Vlad Junior’s .433 OPS isn’t helping Dolan Canada win many games.

Angels 5, Tigers 2. Although he can’t pitch yet, Shohei Ohtani returned to the Angels and went 0-for-4 in his 2019 debut.

Yankees 5, Mariners 4. Gio Urshela is baseball’s best player now, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

UPDATE:

Athletics 2, Reds 0. In this game that started at 8:45 p.m. Oakland time and 11:45 p.m. Cincy time, Mike Fiers, who entered the game with a 6.81 ERA, no-hit the Reds. He also no-hit the Dodgers in 2015. Meanwhile, none for Kluber, Carrasco, Clevinger, Bauer and Bieber.