Tribe Hitters Need to Make Up For Gomes’s Absence
Apr 10, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes (10) during the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Richard Clark: Maybe I am just feeling optimistic since Carrasco will miss no time, but I think the Indians will be just fine without Yan, so long as their bats start to heat up. It seems like everyone but Santana is sputtering, though there have been a lot of hard-hit balls right at the guys. The Indians have the fifth worst wOBA in baseball thus far. I know it is early, but even dating back to the end of last year, the offense hasn’t been there. I have the utmost confidence in Perez. I even tweeted about a week ago that it was only a matter of time until he is an everyday catcher somewhere. He will be Yan-esque on defense, and any offense would be a bonus. Hopefully the rest of the team can pick it up over the next six weeks.
Ryan Rosko: It is April; the injury is not going to cost them a chance or seeding in the playoffs. Yes, Yan’s injury is going to impact the team, but Roberto Perez is a talented player who should open people’s eyes all across the country. No, Perez is not Yan, but he definitely is a good catcher. Overall, the team needs to get healthy and get their offense going. If they can do that, then there should be no problem. They should still be a contender the rest of the season.
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