This club is really doing it all. They are hitting the cover off the ball, playing stellar defense, and throwing the ball better than any rotation in the bigs. And on top of that, the all-star rosters were announced. The Indians have their star shortstop Francisco Lindor representing them along with starter Danny Salazar. Carlos Carrasco had a great outing tonight, making sure he is not forgotten with Salazar being the lone all-star on the staff.
The Indians offense was the real story tonight though. The Tribe totaled 13 hits in 8 innings. Four of those came from the red-hot Lonnie Chisenhall. Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis also had multi-hit efforts. Every Indian had a hit except for Yan Gomes. It is unbelievable how well the Indians are doing offensively with Gomes not being able to hit the ball with any sort of authority. Gomes hit into a double-play late and just looked so frustrated with his offense. If he can figure something out on the offensive end, this lineup can be very potent.
Anibal Sanchez is just not the same pitcher he used to be. His velocity and movement have deteriorated. This Indians team capitalized on a pitcher that has below average stuff missing his spots. Good teams make pitchers like Sanchez pay when they miss their target. Anibal clearly wanted to establish the inside part of the plate, and when he missed, the Tribe did not miss. The Indians this year beat teams they are supposed to beat and play good fundamental baseball. They play smart, manufacture runs, and are playing very loose and confident. They have opened up a 7.5-game lead in the A.L. Central. Tomorrow, the Windians look to extend that lead as Josh Tomlin takes the mound early at 12:10 PM.