On Tuesday afternoon, I wrote that Jeanmar Gomez’s job may be on the line. And if that was the case, he did nothing to convince the coaching staff that he deserves to take the mound again in five days.
His performance against the Reds was the quintessential Gomez outing. He wasn’t exactly roughed up, but he was so inconsistent that his pitch count quickly climbed and he was forced out of the game after five ineffective innings.
In 32 career starts, Gomez has been knocked out before the 6th inning 12 times. And only three times has he completed seven innings of work. As a result, with Gomez in the rotation, the Tribe bullpen is essentially guaranteed three to four innings of work every 5th day.
While watching Sunday Night Baseball this week, I heard Orel Hershiser reference the idea that when you use the bullpen on your own terms, things tend to go well, but when you’re forced into using the pen, that’s when meltdowns happen. And Tuesday night demonstrated the very essence of his point.
A few other thoughts and notes…
- Tony Sipp’s overall stats are tough to look at, and I saw more than a handful of people calling for his job on Twitter after the home run he gave up to Joey Votto. However, Sipp can still be extremely valuable when used correctly. Lefties are hitting just .176 against him this season and that’s not a weapon the Indians are going to part with any time soon.
- Michael Brantley extended his hit streak to 19 games, matching a career high. He’s now just one game away from the Indians 7th 20-game hit streak since 1990 and their first since Casey Blake’s 26-game streak in 2006.
- Jason Kipnis drove in the Tribe’s only run, becoming the first Indians second baseman with 40 RBI through the team’s first 60 games since Hall of Famer Robbie Alomar in 2001. He’s on pace for 108 RBI.
- Johnny Cueto became the first pitcher to throw a complete game against the Indians in interleague play since Aaron Harang in 2006.