What an epic mess of a series. The Athletics outscored the Indians 30-6 during the three-game sweep, the fourth worst run diferential for the Tribe in a three-game home series. Here are the details of all four:
2002 vs Angels – outscored by 32
1930 vs Yankees – outscored by 26
1987 vs Athletics – outscored by 25
2014 vs Athletics – outscored by 24
I hate to keep ripping on Justin Masterson, as I’ve done all season, but he just makes it too easy. Masterson walked five batters on Sunday, the 19th time he’s walked five or more. You have to go all the way back to Rick Waits (1975-83) to find the last Indians starter with as many five-walk games.
The Indians fourth-round pick from 2013, Kyle Crockett, made his debut on Saturday. Crockett is the first member of the 2013 MLB Draft class to make his major league debut. He was rushed to the big leagues due to a 0.45 ERA in the minor leagues over this year and last.
Carlos Santana was robbed three times on Sunday, but it doesn’t change the fact that his batting average is dropping to historically low levels. Over the last 100 years, no Indians player with at least 150 plate appearances through the teams first 44 games has posted a batting average lower than Santana’s .152.
Santana has some work to do if he’s going to avoid becoming just the second player in franchise history to enter the All-Star break below .200 (min. 250 PA). That distinction is currently held by Dave Duncan, who entered the 1974 break batting .191.
Josh Tomlin has the 12th lowest WHIP in franchise history (minimum 50 starts) and the 6th lowest among those in the post-WWI era (yes, World War I). Of the post-WWI guys ahead of him, three are in the Hall of Fame (Dennis Eckersley, Bert Blyleven, Gaylord Perry). The others are Sonny Sibert and Luis Tiant. As I’ve said before, when all you do is throw strikes, it pays off.
It’d be easy to blame the Indians offensive funk on the loss of Jason Kipnis. And while it certainly doesn’t help, it’s tough to make that argument when Mike Aviles currently leads the majors in batting average by a second basemen. In games when Aviles has been in the lineup at second, he’s batting .343 with .405 OBP and a 1.010 OPS.