It wasn’t a good night for the Indians.
First, the result on the field wasn’t very good. Justin Masterson (8-4, 3.57) had one of his bad games, which means he gave up a lot of runs but looked surprisingly competent in the process. In the third inning, for instance, he gave up seeing-eye BABIP-elevating hits to Reid Brignac and Austin Romine, which of course led to a Mark Tiexiera grand slam. Masterson didn’t have his best stuff, but he was a few pitches away from a much better line all the same.
The middle of the order was the culprit offensively tonight. Asdrubal, Swisher, and Reynolds combined to go 0-9 with 4 Ks on the day. Carlos Santana collected two more hits, suggesting he may be coming out of his month-long slump.
Honestly, not much to say about this loss… it was a bad pitching matchup (Masterson is subpar against lefties, and Yankee Stadium is very favorable to lefties, so it’s a perfect storm) and the Yankees are a good team. Sometimes a team is going to lose 7-4 to a better team on a given night. I just know I’ll be glad when this brutal stretch of schedule is over with.
Lastly, and most importantly, Asdrubal Cabrera is almost certainly headed to the DL with some kind of severe strain and/or tear in his quad area. Cabrera came up limping while running to first, and was unable to put any weight on his leg as he was helped off the field. We won’t know what the prognosis is until tomorrow, but it doesn’t look good.
Sounds like more Aviles and maybe a roster spot for Cord Phelps. Can’t say I’m thrilled about that (Cord Phelps, not Aviles. I like Aviles well enough for a stopgap role.
We will see how the Indians respond on Tuesday night. These games are not “must-win” games, but the team is definitely feeling some pressure. Guys like Reynolds and Stubbs need to find their offensive happy place again, and soon.