Well, it was a beautiful day.
After leaving fans (and players) frustrated for the Opening Day series against the Red Sox, the weather today (and really the whole weekend) was simply fantastic: temperatures rose to summer-like levels in mid-April, and there was nary a rain cloud in sight. You would be hard pressed to find a more perfect day for baseball.
Unfortunately, the Indians played like Little Leaguers rather than professionals, as impatient at-bats and hilariously awful fielding doomed the Indians from the get-go. Corey Kluber is still looking for his first win of the season after a very uneven performance today – he allowed the Mets to score six runs in the first two innings, and that ended up being the final score. Some fans on Twitter are saying Kluber is broken or “not right,” and I don’t think it’s fair to be dismissive of him yet. He had a slow start to the 2015 season, as well, and he was mostly magnificent in his start against Tampa Bay last week. Besides, it’s hard to understate how bad the defense was today.
Remember that beautiful weather I talked about above? Well, it wasn’t so beautiful for Rajai Davis, who lost two balls in the sun in the second inning which led directly to all three Mets runs scored in the frame. Later, Marlon Byrd lost a ball in the sun, but David was there to catch it in deep right-center field. Kluber ended up going six innings, and he deserved better than the 6-run deficit he departed with. Was he Cy-Young capable today? No, but if the two balls that dropped in center were never lost in the sun, he probably ends up going 7 innings, and only allows 3 runs.
There’s nothing good to say about the offense today, though, so I won’t fluff it up. They were bad. Take the game film, throw it in the trash, and move on.
Tip your cap to Mets pitcher Steven Matz, who pitched a heck of a game, and never let the Indians even threaten with a rally.
Also, in other Cleveland Sports news, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Detroit Pistons in game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Indians are off tomorrow, and will start a three game series with the Mariners at Progressive Field starting Tuesday.
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