Let’s take a count of everything that the Indians did well this weekend:
1. Boog’s Barbecue was likely consumed.
2. Fooled Chris Davis on a count in an at-bat, which in turn fooled Manny Machado into thinking he could go to second, thus leading to Machado being picked off at first.
3. Jedi Mind-Tricking Detroit and Kansas City into being relatively disinterested in taking advantage.
4. Indians Twitter’s Chris Sale jokes.
Yeah, that pretty much summed up the Indians’ no good, quite awful and terrible and homesick weekend in Baltimore. From the opening Friday night, it felt like the Orioles were going to be living a charmed life. No matter what the Tribe did, the Birds did better. The Tribe pitched pretty well, but the O’s pitched better. And whatever mistake the Indians pitchers made, the Orioles mashers mashed. And even the routine double plays were anything but routine, as Pedro Alvarez hustled much like how teammate Chris Davis had done last night, which bought the Orioles a run. While it seemed like the Orioles turned them with sleek and silky efficiency, which short-circuited many potential rallies.
So, it felt almost weirdly proper that today’s game would end in Cody Allen hanging a pitch to Nolan Reimold to crush it like so many Oriole hitters would do. The Indians just weren’t getting out of here alive this weekend.
This was a weird series. An off-day is coming tomorrow before they take on the Nationals in a short two-game series. They certainly looked like they need it.
Come Tuesday, however, the Indians may have a new man in the bullpen (closer?) if reports are true. The Indians are reportedly the frontrunner” for Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman, which, apparently, just so happens to be the Nationals as well. So there could be some jockeying in the team offices just as much as there could be on the diamond.
Go ahead and accuse me of ignoring today’s events. Kluber pitched well, but a hanger to Jonathan Schoop stung. Allen’s hanger drove me to drink.
Water. Cuz it’s really hot everywhere. Cya Tuesday.
W: Darren O’Day (3-1); L: Cody Allen (2-4)