Over the last two games, Indians starting pitching (Kluber and McAllister) put up this combined line:
15.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 21 K, 3 BB
The Indians are 0-2 in those games.
Yesterday, John Axford gave up an inexcusable home run that cost the Indians the game. Today, he again coughed up a game-winning homer.
Yesterday, I was understandably upset with Axford’s performance. Today, I cannot find the energy to blame the right-hander.
The home run tonight was given up to Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar, a guy who has 23 combined home runs in his entire 8-year career in the minors and majors. That’s over 3100 plate appearances. Also, the wind tonight was knocking down all sorts of fly balls, so you kind of understand if Axford wanted to make Escobar put the ball in play. If he hit a double, so be it, but you can’t expect a home run.
Anyway, that’s enough about Axford. He bears the loss in this game, but he was not the reason we lost.
The offense is atrocious. It is a mess upon a mess upon a mess. Let me count the ways:
-Nick Swisher has an OPS of under .600 through one month.
-Asdrubal Cabrera isn’t much better at .607.
-Carlos Santana is slugging under .300 (.299).
-Jason Kipnis is hurt.
-2013 supersub Ryan Raburn is barely OPSing .400 (.417, not a typo).
-Mike Aviles, who brings almost nothing of note to the table, continues to get at bats and starts over Jose Ramirez.
It’s a mess, and to be honest, it doesn’t figure to get better.
That’s all I have tonight — this game was not really watchable, and the Indians never really threatened. Axford will be the talk of the town tonight, but we should all be focusing on the disaster of a lineup that hits that field day after day after day.