Matt Garza is one of eight pitchers in all of baseball with an ERA over 5.00, so naturally he was thrilled to get the call against the Indians. Six shutout innings later, he had lowered his era to 5.23, helping the Brewers cruise to an 8-1 victory.
Based on their struggles with Garza, I’m scared to think what Wednesday’s game will bring against Kyle Lohse, owner of an MLB-worst 6.17 ERA.
For the Tribe, Danny Salazar turned in a respectable performance, allowing three runs in six innings of work before the bullpen collapsed behind him.
I keep trying to convince myself that the Indians aren’t out of it, and technically they’re not (just 5.5 games out of the Wild Card). But teams that make late postseason runs generally do so by beating up on the bottom dwellers of the league (see: 2013 Indians). However, the Tribe is currently 3-4 in the midst of their 12-game stretch with the A’s, Reds, Brewers and White Sox. If they don’t emerge from this stretch with a winning record, it might be time to throw in the towel.
Other notes and thoughts…
- Giovanny Urshela went 2-4, collecting his first hits since the before the All-Star Break.
- The Indians starting lineup featured three players with an OBP above .300. The last-place Brewers had seven.
- The Tribe is batting .217 with runners in scoring position since June 1.
- Brewers left fielder Gerardo Parra became the first place with two triples against the Tribe since Austin Jackson of the Tigers in 2012.