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Cleveland Indians: Recapping another bad loss against the same bad team

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The Cleveland Indians offense has found itself in another slump, allowing their division foes beat up on them again.

Losing one game to the Chicago White Sox certainly isn’t fun. Losing two in a row? That’s painful. Tonight’s bird-filled battle in Chicago saw the Cleveland Indians struggle to take advantage of the many opportunities they had.

Dylan Covey didn’t have an outing that would blow you away on paper, but the Indians made him look darn good today. But it was one of the deepest starts of his career. He can thank the Indians struggling offense for that.

The eighth inning brought some hope for the Tribe. Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso managed to drive in a pair of runs, but because Rajai Davis lost sight of the double by Alonso, he had to be held up. It would prove to be costly after Melky Cabrera and Jason Kipnis struck out.

It was certainly frustrating to watch, but it’s just one game; one terribly painful game. Before I scream into the abyss before bed tonight, let’s get into the big takeaways.

Trevor Bauer is a strikeout monster

Trevor Bauer tied Corey Kluber and Bob Feller as the only Tribe pitchers to pitch four consecutive starts with 10 or more strikeouts. Bauer ended the night with 12 strikeouts and another deep start. But It wasn’t enough for the righty.

Bauer has had a knack for working deep into games and getting a ton of strikeouts. But a few bad pitches have cost him games. He took the loss tonight thanks to some questionable defense and a few bad hits. The Sox only had four hits, but it proved to be his undoing. Bauer can’t be blamed for tonight’s loss, but the hits he allowed were costly ones, including an RBI triple by Charlie Tilson.

The Indians offense is in a nauseating lull

You wouldn’t think that when you see a team have 14 hits (10 more than their opposition) that their offense would be struggling. That’s because the Indians offense is lacking some serious clutch hitting. The Tribe offense managed to get only one extra base-hit out of their 14 hits. They are also two for their last 24 with runners in scoring position. That’s a recipe for disaster.

I won’t dive too much into how the Tribe offense has been struggling since I talked at length about it last night. But the Indians managed to allow Covey to win the game despite allowing 10 hits.

This problem is close to one they faced early in the year. The only difference is that back then they could hit home runs. Tonight they could not.

Roberto Perez’s struggles continue

Roberto Perez continues to give Tribe fans constant headaches. Tonight he had himself a throwing error that cost the Indians a run. He made a high throw to Francisco Lindor that would’ve been an easy tag had Perez made a good throw. The Indians would challenge that play and eventually lose it.

Perhaps some of the bad throws made tonight can be attributed to the wrist injury Perez endured last weekend. But his numbers on the season don’t help his case. Perez is 1-12 in throwing out base-stealers this year and has struggles mightily at the plate. His .136 batting average and .228 OBP is among the league’s worst.

So why does the team insist on keeping Perez active? Why not send him down to Triple-A to improve his bat; he has three options remaining. Why not bring up your top prospect Francisco Mejia, or even Eric Haase whose options you’ve already burned this year?

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It’s certainly upsetting when you raise those questions. But anything is upsetting when you lose two in a row to one of the worst teams in baseball. The Indians will hope to bounce find their groove again Thursday afternoon with the groovy Mike Clevinger on the mound. I’ll see myself out after that joke.