Remember last week when the Indians offense was inept, the division lead was slipping away and dramatic overreactions were rife on #IndiansTwitter?
Feels like a long time ago doesn’t it?
After a 10-4 victory on Thursday, the Indians have rattled off six straight wins since returning home and have an opportunity to sweep the home stand on Thursday afternoon against the Angels.
Wednesday’s victory was another offensive explosion, with the Tribe roughing up the Angels bullpen for seven runs in the 8th inning. They’ve now scored 50 runs on the home stand, immediately following a six-game road trip in which they scored just 16 times.
Other thoughts on notes from the game….
Carlos Carrasco gave up two runs in just over six innings pitched. He didn’t have his dominant stuff, but he got the job done and was able to hand the game over to Shaw and Miller, before Otero came on to close out the game once it got out of hand. It was encouraging to see Carrasco have success when he clearly didn’t have his best stuff, because those types of games sometimes get out of hand for him.
Bradley Zimmer went 2-4 with a home run and double, and looks like he might be starting to heat up. Realistically, he will likely continue to be streaky throughout his rookie year, but it’s obviously a great sign that he’s already capable of catching fire and having these hot stretches. On the current home stand Zimmer is batting .409 with a 1.280 OPS.
Bryan Shaw was booed while entering the game tonight, because apparently there’s a disturbingly large portion of the fan base that lacks basic common baseball sense. The scoreless inning dropped Shaw’s career ERA to 2.99—that’s pretty damn good. And when pitching in a tie game or with a lead of one or two runs, Shaw has a 2.61 ERA this season. If you’re booing Shaw or complaining about him on Twitter, you’re embarrassing yourself.