In what seemed unthinkable when he made his first start in August–returning from injury–Josh Tomlin may have earned a spot in the Indians 2016 pitching rotation.
Tomlin was very good once again and the Tribe bats backed him strong, as the Wahoos won big 8-2 on Friday night. The crafty righthander had another sharp line, with just a 2-run homerun (a bomb, by the way!) to David Ortiz as the only chink in the armor: 6.1 IP 2 R 2ER 2 BB 5 K. Tomlin will finish the season 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA, somewhat unphathomable, given his first start was August 15th and the magnitude of his injury history and extended time away from game action.
Carlos Santana catapulted the Tribe to an early lead with a big 3-run double in the third inning on a very windy night in Progressive Field. Jerry Sands would provide the lumber to extend the lead, swatting an RBI double and homerun on the night.
KEY NOTES & STATS
*Elite Control: Tomlin walked two batters for only the second time in 10 starts; he’ll finish the season with 65.2 IP, walking just 8 batters, while striking out 57. If he didn’t secure a spot in the 2016 starting rotation, then he certainly built a very compelling case, as his late-season surge was huge for the Tribe.
*Sneaky Stats: With two games left to go, Carlos Santana once again puts up numbers that intrigue many GMs. Though often criticized–more by fans than MLB personnel–for his low batting average, Santana again sports an intriguing statline: .230 18 HR 28 2B 84 RBI 106 BB 120 K 11 SB 3 CS … and a .356 OBP.
*Contrary to what many Tribe fans may think, Carlos Santana has significant value–and trade value–heading into the offseason.
*With another 1.2 impressive scoreless innings, Jeff Manship lowered his ERA to 0.93. The veteran righty came out of nowhere and provided superb stability to the bullpen in the second half of the season and will now look to be a key contributor to the Tribe ‘pen in 2016 as well, something completely unforeseen when Manship debuted with the Indians in June!