Ho hum, another losing effort.
On Friday night, the Indians lost 3-2 to a superior baseball team in the Seattle Mariners. Yes, I mean that: the Mariners are a better team than the Indians.
The Mariners, boasting a lineup of Robinson Cano and 8 guys you’ve probably never heard of, are now 43-37 on the season, while the Indians are headed in the opposite direction at 38-41.
How did the Indians lose? Well, it’s a simple recipe really: Trevor Bauer allowed 11 total baserunners in 6.1 innings (3 runs), and the Indians offense never really got going. It was a quality start from Bauer and a worthy effort — the kid is not an ace yet, but he is rarely putrid on the mound. He didn’t have lights out stuff, but there’s nothing to be ashamed of about a 6.1 IP, 3 ER effort.
No, this loss falls squarely on the shoulders of the Cleveland offense, who failed to mount any sort of a sustained attack against Mariners starter Chris Young and the surprisingly decent bullpen brigade of the great Northwest. Of the team’s 7 hits, 3 went to Michael Bourn and 2 went to Jason Kipnis (who seems to be starting one of his patented offensive tears, with 7 hits now on this 3 game road trip). It is exceedingly hard to string hits together when your entire offense comes from one or two guys.
Nick Swisher did take a walk and hit a nice single in the 9th inning, but his average is still below .200, so he still has a long way to go to respectability.
Vinnie Pestano has been very respectable since returning to the major league roster last week — he helped get the team out of a jam in the bottom of the 8th inning that could have seen the score spiral out of control.
David Murphy is now 1 for his last 39 (I believe) — and as his slump reaches Mark Reynoldsian levels the goodwill he established with a torrid April is quickly fading.
At some point the Indians need to put a good effort together for multiple games at a time. We have seen some crazy stuff in Cleveland over the past year and a half, but I fear this team is digging itself into a hole that it won’t be able to pull its way out of. The Indians absolutely have to finish this road trip strong against a shockingly decent Seattle team and a dangerous Dodgers team.
Tomorrow’s game is at 10:10pm EST, where Josh Tomlin will square off against some guy you haven’t heard of (Roenis Elias, who has a 7-4 record on this, his rookie season).