The final score of this game is not an accurate representation of the game that was played on the field. The 11-4 score belies a much closer affair that was marred by errors and sloppy pitching… so, I guess, maybe 11-4 is fair… but it doesn’t really describe this game.
The Indians started Carlos Carrasco, who, dare I say (as the leader of his bandwagon), needs a little extra break going into the postseason. I’d probably sit him aside for his regularly scheduled bullpens and such, if I had any input. Since Cookie’s domination of the White Sox just a couple weeks ago he has labored against the Royals and labored again tonight.
I know, it sound silly, given that he went 5.2 innings allowing only 1 run and earning the win… but Carlos, for his second straight start, wasn’t great. He seemed honestly apprehensive to throw some of his pitches, as if he knew they weren’t at 100%. There’s the honest chance that he just didn’t have his best stuff in two straight starts, but there’s also a real chance that some extra days off would make him fresher for the postseason. When he’s healthy, Cookie Carrasco is one of the best pitchers in baseball, but when he’s off, he’s merely mortal.
Merely mortal can win a playoff game or two.
Paul Byrd won the Indians a playoff game or two a decade ago — merely mortal is below what Carlos Carrasco can provide.
The actual game itself was pretty boring, to be honest. The Indians raced out to an early lead on Frankie Lindor’s lead-off home run (his 33rd(!) of the year) and the Indians scored a bunch of runs off of errors and bloopers. The Mariners committed five (!!!) errors in this game, and generally seemed uninterested in winning it.
The playoffs start in a couple weeks — until then, let’s hold on to the best AL record, okay?