Is the Tribe done?
It’s only May 8, but how do they rebound from this?
With Friday’s 9-3 loss to the Twins, the Indians fall to 10-18 overall, the worst record in the AL. It’s a rough look for the early season, but certainly a hole that can be climbed out of in theory.
What worries me more than the overall record, however, is the 6-15 record against the AL Central.
With the Royals and Tigers unlikely to collapse, and the Twins surprisingly showing some early-season fight, there’s simply too much competition within the division for the Tribe to claw their way back if this hole gets any deeper.
The issue on Friday was Trevor Bauer, who was roughed up for five runs in five innings of work.
Bauer got our hopes up with a dominant start to the season, but in hind sight it’s hard not to wonder if it was simply a product of the competition.
Through his first three starts against the Astros and White Sox (twice), Bauer was 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA. In three starts since against the Twins, Royals and Blue Jays, he’s posted an 8.22 ERA.
With the way the lineup is performing, the Indians simply can’t compete without solid outings from the starters, which they have not received lately.
Other notes and thoughts…
- Despite the loss the Indians are 7-5 with Bauer and Carlos Carrasco on the mound. Entering the year, I think we would all have accepted that. What we didn’t expect was an 0-7 mark behind Corey Kluber.
- With four hits, Torii Huner passed Ivan Rodriguez for fifth place on the all-time list for hits in Progressive Field as a visitor with 92. Paul Konerko holds the record at 121.
- Hunter also hit his 19th career home run in Progressive Field. Only Miguel Cabrera has more as a visitor (23).
- Michael Brantley hit his 49th career home run. 31 of them have come in Progressive Field.
- The Indians are now 1-9 when Anthony Swarzak pitches. But that has absolutely nothing to do with Swarzak’s performance. In fact, he’s been extremely value for eating up innings when the starters fall flat and exit early. He tossed two shutout innings against his former team on Friday.