Indians offense comes to life in blowout; Bullpen solutions?
Good pitching had been paramount during the Cleveland Indians winning streak, and it returned on Wednesday withCarlos Carrasco
and his fine eight innings of work. The good news is that they didn’t necessarily need it as the offense erupted for 12 runs, 10 off of Rangers starterColby Lewis
. Everyone on the Tribe offense contributed, including three home runs total.Lonnie Chisenhall
added three hits and was a triple short of the cycle whileJason Kipnis
missed it by a home run.
All that offense overshadowed the strong start of Carrasco, who struck out eight over his eight innings allowing just one run on five hits. While it proved to be of no consequence thanks to the Indians bats, Scott Atchinson did allow two runs in the ninth, continuing the story of struggled of the Indians bullpen.
Sticking with the bullpen, the Indians continue to try and find the right combination of arms (translated: guys who don’t give up runs every outing) as they claw their way back into the race. Our Katrina Putnam thinks it’s time the Indians consider Ryan Webb in the set-up role. He’s been their most reliable reliever this year but hasn’t faced many high-leverage situations. Should the Tribe consider Webb?
The New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez surpassed another milestone, although who he passed can be debated. Rodriguez passed Lou Gehrig on the all-time RBIs list. But the statistics for the RBI weren’t kept before 1920, so any of Babe Ruth‘s before that season weren’t counted by Elias, the official statistician of Major League Baseball. So his either third or fourth all-time, depending which lists you believe.
These and other stories you may have missed:
‘Indians offense explodes behind Carrasco’s strong start’ – Wahoo’s on First
‘Ryan Webb should be the Indians’ set-up man’ – Wahoo’s on First
‘Royals fall to Yankees in series finale’ – Kings of Kauffman