There were a number of moments during the Indians’ Friday night loss to the Blue Jays where I felt like Vizzini in The Princess Bride, exclaiming “Inconceivable!” over and over. Justin Masterson strikes out 9 batters, gives up 2 walks, and only 1 earned run in 6.1 innings and yet the Indians still lose. Inconceivable!
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a triple. Really. He can actually run that fast? Inconceivable!
Yan Gomes makes a throwing error on an attempted pick-off at first? Inconceivable! (Actually, what’s really inconceivable is that our darling Gomes ranks 14th in the league among catchers in fielding percentage. He is, however, 3rd in caught stealing percentage.)
A team loads the bases on a double and two walks in the bottom of the 9th when they’re down 3-2 and they still can’t get the tying run over the plate? Inconceivable!
The Indians’ only runs of the game came in the 6th, when Carlos Santana got his first home run of the season. He first hit a long foul ball that landed in the seats deep into the first base line. I said to the television “Come on, Santana, straighten it out.” And lo and behold, he did, slamming the next pitch over the fence. Then Michael Brantley came up and hit a long foul ball to the first base side. I said, “Come on, Brantley, straighten it out.” And he didn’t. Clearly Dr. Smooth does not take direction as well as Santana. This became painfully evident in the bottom of the 9th, when Brantley came up with the bases loaded and the Indians down by 1 run. Everybody in Cleveland was murmuring “Please Brantley, just get a hit,” and yet he couldn’t do it. Inconceivable.
What is conceivable is that the Indians may be spending more time under .500 this season than anyone thought they would.