Another four game skid has Cleveland Indians fans in a bit of a frenzy, but we’re here to move past this loss and ride out the storm of bad play together.
I know, I know…. I jinxed the Cleveland Indians in my series preview. I said the Royals are a bad baseball team and the Indians were a good baseball team and there’s no way the team could lose this series. Naturally; they drop two games against one of the worst teams in baseball, who have all of a sudden decided they don’t want to have the top draft pick. Joke’s on you Kansas City!
There’s really not much to say about this game. But there is something to say about these slumping Indians. It seems like their rotation is in a major flux right now. Corey Kluber, Mike Clevinger, Adam Plutko, and Carlos Carrasco have all looked downright bad in their last starts. Who knew losing Trevor Bauer would throw the rest of the rotation off so badly?
Things only got worse for the Indians Saturday night as Dan Otero and Josh Tomlin allowed runs in their relief efforts. At this point I’d take Tyler Olsen over Tomlin in the bullpen and his return has done little to help the Tribe.
But if you thought it was just the pitching that looked bad, look no further than the top of the Indians lineup. Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez are both in the midst of some pretty ugly slumps. Lindor is sporting a .200 batting average, while Ramirez is batting .160 in the last week.
It’s a bit of a shame to see the offense slumping as a whole when Yonder Alonso and Yan Gomes are starting to find a groove. Yonder managed to score the Indians lone run last night thanks to a balk by Royals pitcher Heath Fillmyer.
Maybe the Indians wore themselves out against the Red Sox, maybe they overlooked their division foes. Who knows. The good thing is that you’d rather see the team get these skids out of the way in August than in October.
While it feels like the team is choking away their chance to get a higher seed in the playoffs, it’s important to remember that there is still a lot of baseball left to be played. We still have a whole month until the playoffs, and the Indians have a lot of winnable games remaining. It starts today with avoiding the sweep in this series with “Not Justin” on the mound.