The playoff odds are slim, but if the Indians are going to keep their improbable hopes alive they’ll need some September stars to emerge from nowhere. And since returning from DL, Josh Tomlin has done just that.
Tomlin went the distance against the Tigers on Friday night, allowing just one run and scattering four hits.
In five starts since his return, Tomlin is 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA and a ridiculous .708 WHIP.
I’ve contended for a long time that Tomlin is the ideal fifth starter due to his ability to consistent go at seven strong innings, which has always been possible due to his ability to avoid the free pass (he has just three walks since returning). Certainly this stretch is unexpected, but Tomlin has shown before that he is capable of stringing together some impressive starts.
Even if the Tribe falls short of the Wild Card, Tomlin’s finish to the season could be something to give the team more hope heading into 2016.
Other thoughts and notes on the game…
- The Indians are 4-9 against the Tigers this season. If that number had been reversed, the Tribe would be .5 games out of the Wild Card. If they’re going to compete in 2016, they’re going to have to find a way to beat the Tigers.
- Francisco Lindor went 2-5, raising his average to .310. He has a chance to become the first Indians rookie to hit .300 with at least 300 plate appearances since the legendary Chico Salmon in 1964.