Let’s start with the good.
Trevor Bauer (7.1 INN/4 H/1 ER/10 SO/3 BB) certainly did a capable job in following up Corey Kluber’s masterpiece. The Indians pitching in this series is what made them a trendy World Series contender. The Indians pitching staff gave up a total of six earned runs in the series, which in many cases means that you’re well off.
And now the bad.
But as it so often is the case with this drowning Indians team, if one thing is working, the other two components–offense and bullpen–likely aren’t. Michael Brantley supplied the single tally, his fourth homer deposited into the right-field bleachers.
It’s hard to lay all of the blame at the feet Marc Rzepczynski, being as both shoddy baserunning and pure offensive futility is the true culprit of why the Indians once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. But he had one job. And like so many times already before, this once-feared bullpen once again gagged in a big spot. Matt Carpenter just scraped the floor of the new right-center seating, evading the outstretched glove of Michael Bourn.
Suddenly, it’s 2-1. Prior to the at-bat, Matt Carpenter was 0-3 with three strikeouts.
Making matters even more infuriating is how the Indians could have made this game nothing but smooth sailing early. The Indians forced Cardinals starter Michael Wacha to throw 35 pitches in the first inning, and somehow figured out a way to not score. That should’ve been the omen of how things were going to shake out.
We keep waiting for the kick in the pants that will jumpstart this slumbering ballclub, but maybe it’s time to face the facts. This team just isn’t as good as we had anticipated it being.
W: Siegrist (2-0); L: Marc Rzepczynski (1-1); S: Rosenthal (12)