Josh Tomlin struggled and the Indians failed to score en route to a 4-0 loss to the Twins.
The Indians’ home woes continue, as they fall to 15-20 at home with Sunday’s 4-0 loss to the Twins (they’re 24-15 on the road this season). I spent the majority of this afternoon cataloging all of the things I could be doing, rather than watch this lousy game. I could go for a walk, I could get some work done, I could clean my house, I could take a nap…all of these would’ve been far better uses of my time. I probably could’ve even spent the afternoon driving hot needles under my fingernails, and it still would’ve been a better use of my time.
Assume Indians weekend homestand position… pic.twitter.com/1fJ5SKaVlZ
— Bryan (@NachoHelmet) June 25, 2017
This Tweet perfectly summarizes my feelings
So at the risk of wasting more of my time by breaking apart this game, I’m going to summarize. I apologize for this fact, but I’m really modeling my writing approach after the Indians’ approach to today’s game (and this entire weekend series).
- Josh Tomlin was subpar again, surrendering 4 ER on 9 hits over the course of 5.2 innings. He even walked three batters today, something he’s avoided for a very long time. Say what you will about Tomlin, he rarely walks hitters; he often gives up more homers than walks.
- The offense went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, stranding 10 on base. Six of those stranded were abandoned by Yan Gomes alone, who struck out three times today. Francona sticks him 9th in the lineup to minimize the damage he could do, and he still manages to do a lot of damage.
- The Indians actually managed 9 hits today, as Jose Ramirez went 2-for-4 and Lonnie Chisenhall went 2-for-3. It didn’t matter.
- The Indians were shut out twice this weekend, and outscored 13-2.
- Over the course of this three-game series with Minnesota, the Indians went 1-for-23 with runners in scoring position, and stranded 30 men on base.
- Matt Underwood provided this stat at the end of today’s game: the Indians have lost 13 of their last 14 at home when they trail after just 2 innings. So over the past several weeks, if the Indians are behind at the end of the second inning you might as well give up, turn the game off, and go enjoy your day/night.
- Heading into Friday’s game, the Indians had scored 5 or more runs in 9 straight games. On their 8-game road trip, they outscored their opponents 68-23. They answer that by scoring 2 runs over the course of the entire weekend.
- The Indians have 14 games left before the All-Star break; 10 of those 14 will be played at Progressive Field. If they can’t figure out this home field mess soon, it’s going to be a long couple of weeks.
- Austin Jackson left the game with a quad injury; he’s going to be reevaluated tomorrow.
- Last but not least, Michael Martinez is back! The Tampa Bay Rays designated him for assignment earlier this week, and the Indians grabbed him and sent him to Triple-A Columbus. Maybe he could take Tomlin’s spot in the rotation?
Next up is a 4-game series with the Texas Rangers, who have been playing well lately. Over the course of that series they will see both Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish (I mean, the odds were obviously good since it’s a 4-game series). This does not get any easier moving forward. The Indians need to start playing better at home, and need to find a way to keep the game from essentially ending if they get off to a bad start.