So the season is 10 days old and the Indians have only four victories. Sounds like a return to their habit of starting poorly, right?
Thanks to bad weather, things are not as bad as they seem. At 4-3 after Thursday’s 6-0 victory of the Tampa Bay Rays, the Indians are about where we might have hoped they would be. The only downside is the team will have a busier summer because of makeup games. One of the rained (snowed) out Red Sox games has been rescheduled for Aug. 15.
Danny Salazar was sharp again today, pitching six scoreless innings. The batters managed to score a bunch despite continuing to perform poorly with runners in scoring position. Even Tyler Naquin contributed, gained his first major-league RBI. All this and everyone got the game over before supper. Such is the delight of winning a day game.
Also worthy of note is that Yan Gomes and Juan Uribe got days off. (Yan and Juan, sounds like a new-age comedy team).
Perhaps most significant, Brian Shaw looked sharp, lowering his ERA from 27.00 to 16.88. Are April ERA’s irrelevant? Of course, but there is assurance in knowing the setup man had a bad outing, not a bad month.
Things are so bright, we can even look forward to a home game with good weather. Temperatures might be in the 60s tomorrow, although cooler temperatures are in store by the time Cody Anderson and Bartolo Colon start laboring at 7:10 p.m. It makes you wonder how cool is must be before Colon no longer needs to sweat.
You might remember that Colon once pitched for the Indians until he became expensive and the Indians realized he would bring a nice return in trade. You do agree with the “nice” tag on Brandon Phillips, Cliff Lee and Grady Sizemore, right?
And to cap it all off, you don’t often a curveball as good as the one Bauer threw to finish the game.
For extensive notes on Thursday’s game, see the game recap and go below the lineup display.