Just one week ago, the Cleveland Indians were 9-7 and seemed poised to have their first winning month to start a season in years. Fast forward through a week of blown leads and tough losses, and the Tribe enters May with a 10-11 record and have fallen five games behind the Chicago White Sox in the Central Division Standings. Is this a disaster? Obviously not. If there’s one thing we know about baseball, it’s that the regular season is a marathon, and time is always on your side. Especially in April and May. That being said, it wouldn’t hurt to see the Indians start to turn things around soon.
That turnaround could start today as Danny Salazar takes the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies. Salazar has had a good start to the year, but will be looking to bounce back from a rough outing against the Minnesota Twins in which he gave up three runs while lasting just 4.2 innings. He’ll have to be much sharper against a Phillies team that is off to a very good start this season.
The Tribe will have their work cut out for them against Vince Velasquez, who comes into the game at 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA, not to mention a miniscule WHIP of 0.87. Velasquez has come back to earth a bit over his past two starts, but that doesn’t mean things are going to come easily for the Tribe.
Today’s game has a rather odd start time of 2:35, so don’t forget to tune in to cheer Our Tribe on and share your thoughts here at It’s Pronounced Lajaway!