Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts after the Indians committed three more errors in a 6-2 loss Saturday at Progressive Field to the visiting Oakland A’s.
1) Errors kill a team - every time. The Indians committed three of them again Saturday, the third time they’ve racked up a trio in a game already this season. That gives them a Major League leading 43 errors this season – one for each game played so far and have accounted for 27 unearned runs.
2) The Tribe committed 98 errors last season. At their current pace of 43 this year, they’ll reach a whopping 150 errors for the season.
3) “You can't feel sorry for yourself,” said Indians manager Terry Francona, whose squad has been taking extra fielding practice for the last two weeks. “You try to go out and work the proper amount and just try to keep going out there showing energy. You cannot point fingers and run away. We have to be strong enough to get better because there is no other alternative.”
4) Saturday night, even Francona seemed exasperated with the careless play. “When you sit in my seat, you concern yourself with everything.” he said. “But it certainly makes it harder to win. The thing that is kind of perplexing is it’s something different each time, it’s not a similar play…we talk not only about errors, but giving (opponents) extra opportunities - and it is making it harder for us.”
5) How bad have the Tribe’s individual players been? Let us count the numerous ways: Catcher Yan Gomes leads the way with nine errors, although his case of the yips behind the plate seems to have subsided recently. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is next with six. So far, 16 different Indians players have made an error and only one regular in the lineup doesn’t have one (yet) – right fielder David Murphy. (I know, automatic jinx).
6) Carlos Santana may still be struggling at the plate, but at least he’s playing surprisingly good defense at his new position at third base, right? Well, except he’s committed an error now in each of last three games, giving him a total of five to tie with first baseman Nick Swisher.
7) Indians left-handed pitcher TJ House made his major league debut in the ninth inning. He became the third Indians rookie to do so this season, all in a recent span. No offense, kids, but that’s never a good sign. It means something has gone wrong, which of course has – in this instance pitching. Two of the team’s pitchers who opened the season a month ago in the starting rotation are already gone – Carlos Carrasco to the bullpen and Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus. The Tribe is also playing without the aid of closer John Axford, who’s fixing a mechanical flaw while pitching in non-pressure situations.
8) With Saturday’s disheartening loss, the Tribe (19-24) dropped to 9 ½ games behind the division-leading Tigers. It may be kinda early for scoreboard watching, but that number will only get worse until the Indians start to clean up their play.