The Cleveland Indians are looking to find a replacement for Bryan Shaw, and Nick Goody did did well in his turn during the home opener.
The Cleveland Indians had a familiar route to victory on Friday.
The starting pitcher held a lead after six innings, and the game was closed out by both Andrew Miller and Cody Allen. But before the ball was handed to Miller, another pitcher came in and shut things down.
Goody came in and pitched a scoreless seventh inning at a time when the cold weather began to blow in and sleet was on the way. But he wasn’t phased and did his job, holding on to the 3-2 that was held since the first inning.
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This one game doesn’t mean Goody has cemented himself in that setup role, but he always seemed like the likely candidate as long as he performed well.
Goody has now logged 4.2 scoreless innings this season and has allowed only two hits in his four appearances.
That gives him the most innings for any reliever in the bullpen through the first seven games, showing how he is already being relied upon by Terry Francona.
It is still way too early to say Goody is the new Shaw, but based on what we have seen so far it is a fair early prediction to make. And if Goody avoids any terrible meltdowns on the mound, he can be the new Shaw without all the unnecessary hate from fans.
A lot of focus has been placed on the bullpen so far due to the offense continuing to struggle, and more scoreless innings from Goody to bail out the offense will only build up his case to create the trio of Goody, Miller and Allen.