The Indians try to avoid a sweep by the Giants; the last time the team visited San Francisco in 2011, they were swept. They turn to Danny Salazar to stop the bleeding, and I don’t have a lot of confidence in his ability to do so. He gave a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde performance his last time out, but by the time he was pulled there was more bad than good. Plus there’s the fact that outside of the home opener, Salazar has yet to last past the fourth or fifth inning. This taxes the bullpen, and leaves an anemic offense struggling to make up the difference.
When I lived around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for six years, I one day struck up a conversation about baseball with my neighbor. She was pretty knowledgeable, and toward the end of our talk she said something along the lines of “I love talking baseball. My grandson plays.” I fully expected her to say that he played for a local high school, maybe a local college. When I asked where he played, she responded “Pittsburgh. For the Pirates.” Her grandson was Ryan Vogelsong, today’s starter for the Giants. After his struggles with the Pirates, it looked like he may be out of the game. He reinvented himself as a starter with the Giants and has seen a relative amount of success. He’s had a rough start to the 2014 season; in fact, some of his recent games look almost like a Danny Salazar stat line. On April 21 against the Rockies (in Colorado) he lasted just 1.1 innings and gave up 5 ER on 6 hits. He had a decent start against the Dodgers on April 16 (1 ER on 4 hits in 6 IP), but other than that he’s given up four or more earned runs in each start.
The Indians need to kick a guy while he’s down today, and hope that they can score enough runs to give Salazar a cushion. Hopefully a rather large cushion. I keep thinking this could end up like a football score today, but because I keep thinking that, it will probably be like 2-1 or something.