Saturday, April 19th was an absolutely gorgeous day in northeast Ohio. The day started off swimmingly. I got up early, taught a spinning class at the Y, and then had the luxury of a couple of hours at home all by myself. Later, I went through the seed catalog with the husband, went to the garden center and bought topsoil and some pansies, did some yard work outside, and then around 1:05, I went in to enjoy a beer and the Indians-Blue Jays game. I figured after last night’s loss, our beloved Tribe would be ready and raring to even up the series.
Oh how wrong I was.
The Indians didn’t record any actual errors today (Yan Gomes had a passed ball), but they made enough bone-headed plays and missteps that they might as well have had half a dozen errors. The real problem was that the Indians couldn’t hit Mark Buehrle with a tennis racket. Look, I get it. I get that Buehrle is an unusually talented, durable pitcher with a miniscule .64 ERA. I get that the guy has pitched a perfect game and a no-hitter. I get it. But the Indians had 4 hits and drew 4 walks (and Jason Kipnis was hit by a pitch). Out of those 9 base runners, they couldn’t manage a single run. The Indians are .208 with runners in scoring position. You can’t win ballgames if you don’t score any runs.
Honestly, about the only positive thing I can think of to say about these guys right now is that Blake Wood has fantastic mutton chops. Since flamboyant facial hair seems to be the hallmark of closers, Mutton Chops makes a fine second option at closer. And he struck out two of the three batters he faced, so that’s something. Actually, right now the bullpen is one of the few bright spots right now. The bullpen inherited one runner this afternoon and stranded him, as they’ve done with 23 of 26 inherited runners this season. The Indians bullpen is actually 3rd in the AL (88.5% success rate) in stranding inherited runners. So there’s your bright spot. Other than that, I feel like I should have stayed outside.