Eight final thoughts for the roughly 8,000 fans that watched the Indians lose to the Royals 8-2.
1. Danny Salazar is not the Danny Salazar of old (last year). His ERA is now 7.85. He's 0-3. He was hit hard again Tuesday night. As soon as KC got through the order the first time, it was all systems go. But after the game, he revealed something that might be a reason for some of his struggles.
2. Salazar thinks he might be tipping his pitches, namely his change up (he had one crushed for a three-run home run by Mike Moustakas). He believes that sometimes when he throws his change up he tends to open up his glove a little more than normal, thus tipping off the batter.
3. If so, maybe it explains a little. But that's not the whole story. Not when you're almost giving up a run an inning six months after being one of the most electric pitchers in baseball.
4. Between Salazar and Carrasco, the Indians are waiting on two tons of potential. The question is how long can you afford to wait and still contend this year? The AL Central looks solid. The Indians are only 9-11 so it's nowhere near close time to worry. But there might be a decision-making timeline drawing nearer each week.To read more or comment...
Danny Salazar was hit hard again, and the Royals (10-9) downed the Indians (9-11) 8-2.
Salazar lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowed five runs, four earned, and struck out six. His season ERA is now 7.85.
Royals starter James Shields shut down the Tribe. Michael Bourn had an RBI single and Yan Gomes drove in another run with a double. Other than that, the Indians' bats were quiet.
The game was played in front of 8,848 fans, the second smallest attendance in Progressive Field history.To read more or comment...
1. Aoki RF
2. Infante 2B
3. Hosmer 1B
4. Butler DH
5. Gordon LF
6. Perez C
7. Moustakas 3B
8. Escobar SS
9. Dyson CF
SP: RHP James Shields (1-2, 2.00 ERA)
1. Bourn CF
2. Swisher 1B
3. Kipnis 2B
4. Santana 3B
5. Brantley LF
6. Cabrera SS
7. Murphy RF
8. Gomes C
9. Chisenhall DH
SP: RHP Danny Salazar (0-2, 7.71 ERA)
Notes: Salazar has struggled so far this season and isn't getting an favors having to face Shields, one of the best pitchers in the division. Two things to look for: his velocity, which according to Fangraphs.com is down to 93.6 mph from 95.9 last year; and manager Terry Francona said he's looking for Salazar to attack hitters today.
Santana is back in the lineup and at third base after getting the day off yesterday. Chisenhall is back to the No. 9 spot in the lineup. After his two errors yesterday, Chisenhall was out on the field early today taking grounders.To read more or comment...