Things that I would’ve preferred to do other than watching this raging dumpster fire:
1. Shaved with a rusty lawn mower blade while it’s spinning.
2. Clean my bathroom with my tongue (hat-tip to “Weird Al” Yankovic).
3. Swim in a sewer.
This was the kind of game that always seems to be the prelude for a “Players Only Meeting.” Because one doesn’t deserve a whole lot of attention.
Josh Tomlin (4.1 INN/6 H/8 R (7 ER)/5 SO/2 BB) was his new normal, which is awful. He gave up a pair of three-run homers, which made this game all but a formality since the Indians’ offense has been mostly invisible since the White Sox series. Cole Hamels, in turn, had a nice and leisurely picnic of an outing as he went eight while giving up just two harmless singles.
The defense certainly did not do any favors, either. Roberto Perez, who is now a liability in all phases of his game, could have easily thrown out Jonathan Lucroy on a wild pitch and the throw was high. Make the play and the game is still scoreless.
The next pitch was to Carlos Gomez, who was making his Rangers debut and who needed all of one swing to effectively end this game in the second inning.
Mike Napoli compounded the problem in the fifth, as he air-mailed a throw into the outfield which then set up Adrian Beltre to blow it wide open.
Zach McAllister allowed Rougned Odor to deposit one in the eighth inning.
Ugly. Gross. Putrid. And all the predictable hot-takes on top of it.
On to tomorrow.
W: Cole Hamels (14-4); L: Josh Tomlin (11-8)