Even though it was the big story of the past week, I said all I needed to about the Chapman headhunting stupidity. We got our revenge when it really counted. Moving on.
Really? There wasn’t any way to fit Friday night’s/Saturday morning’s game in? I remember when the Indians played a doubleheader in which they faced two different teams! Surely, it wasn’t at all ideal, but it surely would’ve been better than the complete nuttiness of the stops and starts. And my bleary-eyed insistence that the Indians were in it despite Scott Barnes’ reluctance to, y’know, pitch at all with any discernible level of competence. In my defense, was pretty much delirious at this point, and I was intent to continue being a good soldier. Once it got to 7-2, however, my allegiance to my pillow won out. Sorry, boys.
I guess I’m a little cheesed off because of the slop that the Indians played through in Boston. I didn’t understand the rationale of either series. It certainly hurts looking back at it because Corey Kluber looked like he was locked in, whereas we saw that Zach McAllister clearly wasn’t on point yesterday. You should never want to play the “coulda-shoulda-woulda” game, but it would’ve been nice to have seen how good Kluber would’ve been that night to give the guys a strong chance of winning the series.
By the way, kudos to the Indians’ front-office who recognized the diehards who stuck it out on a game that came to a close around 3 AM. They didn’t have to do reward them in any way, but those fans didn’t have to stay and get completely soaked, either.
But the pure baseball story of the week is unquestionably the superlative start of Ubaldo Jimenez on Saturday, who has finally shown glimpses of the potential of being the guy who Chris Antonetti staked his reputation on. The fact of the matter is this: Jimenez has been good more times than he has been bad this season. And that’s all you really want. Mickey Callaway seems to have reached him on a psychological level that seemed to snap him back closer to whatever it was he had in 2010. His ERA is trending down under 5.00 now. Considering where he’s been mentally, mechanically and statistically, he’s in a excellent place right now.
And are we at the point of begging for a quality bullpen lefty or two? I’m not used to “The Mafia” looking like the marks targeted for a whacking. I miss Sippy-Cup and Raffy Left. And they weren’t spectacular. Yikes.
Despite not playing their best during this stretch, they’re still nipping at the Tigers’ tails. So things aren’t all that bad in the big picture. I’m just done with the wet stuff for now. I’m pretty sure they would agree with me.