August Fagerstrom's final thoughts following the Indians' 12-1 loss to Detroit in the first game of a four-game home series:
-Corey Kluber didn’t have his best stuff on the mound Monday. He didn’t have his best stuff in the clubhouse after the game, either. Despite a nearly three-hour cooling off period, Kluber was visibly agitated after the game. After a tense, brief one-minute interview in which he answered no question with more than 15 words, Kluber sarcastically told the media, “Good stuff today, guys.”
-Mike Aviles had a rough showing in the field and was removed after the third inning. It wasn’t necessarily because of his performance, though. The right fielder slammed his head on the ground while diving for a ball in the first inning and was experiencing concussion-like symptoms. He passed all initial tests and will be re-evaluated Tuesday. When asked if his dizziness played a part in Aviles’ second misplay, Indians manager Terry Francona said, “I sure don’t think it helped.”To read more or comment...
Twenty-six final thoughts as the Indians won their fourth consecutive series and five of the past six as they push for a playoff berth.
1. Carlos Carrasco is a new man. If the 27-year-old Indians right-hander didn’t know it already, he got affirmation from catcher Yan Gomes Thursday. And it seemed to mean a lot to Carrasco, whose first four starts this season were so disastrous that manager Terry Francona demoted him to the bullpen.
2. Carrasco’s nickname is “Cookie,” for the obvious reason that he loves the sweet treats. “Today Gomes told me, ‘Now you’re Cookie, you like to have fun and everything. But when you’re in the game you have a different mindset. You’re way different,’” Carrasco said.
3. Since he returned to the starting rotation on Aug. 10, Carrasco is 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA in four starts. He’s struck out 15 in his last two outings, including seven White Sox. He’s notched three consecutive quality starts. He won his first game against the White Sox Thursday after going 0-4 with a 6.81 ERA in his previous seven outings (six starts).To read more or comment...
Twenty-four final thoughts on right-hander Corey Kluber, a strange crew chief review and Kluber’s warm-up pitch issue.
1. Kluber surpassed his career-high in innings pitched in a season Wednesday with 192 2/3. But he insisted he’s not getting tired. “No, not at all,” he said. “I feel as good now as I did at the beginning of the year. Stuff-wise, I think my stuff has carried on throughout the year. I haven't lost anything. I just made a couple mistakes today.”
2. He also pitched for the second consecutive outing on five days rest and suffered his second consecutive defeat. But Kluber, known for his strict routine in between starts, said that hasn’t been a factor. “I don't think so,” he said. “I think I've had times throughout the year where I've had an extra day of rest and I've been fine. I just think, for whatever reason, I made some mistakes, kind of in some key spots. ... They took advantage of it. Even the one (Jose) Abreu hit in the (seventh), it was a good pitch. It was where we wanted it. He's just a really good hitter and he did a good piece of hitting.”
3. More of an issue may be the Indians’ lack of run support for their ace. Wednesday marked the 12th time in Kluber's 28 starts that the Indians have scored three or fewer runs. That includes six of his last seven.To read more or comment...