Sometimes in life… things don’t work out the way you plan.
I planned to watch this game, I planned to observe every minute detail and give you folks the best recap I could offer to you. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always play along, and when someone came calling with free Lake County Captains tickets and then dangled an impromptu road trip into my night, well, I didn’t catch much of the Indians game past the gamecast on the MLB app.
I also haven’t slept since Thursday night and it is currently 7:41am on Saturday.
So let’s delve into the box score of this game and figure out what the heck happened and what the heck went wrong.
-Trevor Bauer was subpar, but really, he was okay. He did allow four early runs, yes, but he fought his way through 6.1 innings and limited the damage to four runs. He is not a finished product, and if this is what qualifies as a “bad” start by Bauer, I will take it.
-I really hope we see less of Mike Aviles in the coming weeks now that Santana is back in the fold. I saw someone on Twitter suggest Aviles was better in the lineup than Santana or Asdrubal and… come on, folks… just no. Aviles has a <.660 OPS, and an average glove at best — he’s not a guy you want playing every day. I love his attitude and his grit, but give me Santana’s .160 average and godly OBP every day of the week.
-Chisenhall hit a huge 3 run homer and drew a walk. I don’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said — he looks great, it looks like he’s for real even though he’s been the beneficiary of some good BABIP luck thus far. He’s not a >.300 hitter, but he is this year. Could a blistering June propel the Chiz Kid to the all star game? Unlikely, but you never know.
-Michael Bourn looked like the 2013 version with an 0-5 and 4Ks. Nick Hagadone didn’t want Bourn to feel left out and also put in a vintage 2013 performance, walking the only batter he faced on four pitches.
-I give the Indians credit because they scored 4 runs on Yu Darvish, but failed to tack more on at any point in the ballgame. It was a great start but a disappointing finish for the offense.
-The Indians defense committed another error. Things have been looking better of late defensively, but it was back to the sloppy defense on the road. The Indians have the worst road record in the American League, largely due to their defense and lack of offense away from home.
Things were looking up after the sweep of the homestand, and they are still looking up on Saturday morning. Friday night’s game was a game the Indians wanted, and the offense showed up against one of the best starters in the game… but sometimes things don’t work out the way you planned them.
The only thing you can do is get back on the field tomorrow… today… and try to do it all better.
Today’s game is at 4:05 EST. Josh “Little Cowboy” Tomlin will face RHP Nick Tepesch in Arlington.
Addendum, now that I’ve had some sleep and can be coherent:
As some commenters have noted, Aviles’ excuse for a sore toe on that embarrassing GIDP looks flimsy at best. I didn’t see him come up lame, but I am not a doctor. It would be really weird if he eased off running to first because he saw Santana’s slide, but it was a very curious action all around. I completely agree with the notion that Aviles is best when his playing time is managed carefully and he dances around matchups. He’s been a great piece for this team, but he is best served coming off the bench once in a while.