Whomever was masquerading as the Indians offense Thursday afternoon in the first game of a traditional doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field sure laid it on pretty thick.
Really, how believable did they think it would be for the Tribe to cruise to an 8-2 victory? With ace Corey Kluber on the mound, no less?
Ha. Very funny.
It had been five games since the under-performing Indians offense had mustered more than three runs for its over-achieving pitching staff. They’d been even stingier most of the season with Kluber on the mound.To read more or comment...
Here are the lineups for Game One of the Indians and Twins doubleheader Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field.
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When the Indians handed young reserve Jose Ramirez the starting shortstop job after veteran mainstay Asdrubal Cabrera was traded at the July 31 deadline to the Washington Nationals, no one was entirely sure what the Tribe had in the pint-sized infielder.
If nothing else, the second half of the season would give the Tribe brass the opportunity to access Ramirez’s strengths, weaknesses and future potential. At worse, he’d keep the position warm for two months until the Indians No. 1 prospect and former first-round pick, Francisco Lindor, was ready to resume his rightful place in the Indians everyday plans next season.
Instead, the consistent playing time has allowed Ramirez to settle in comfortably with the Indians. Not only has his active defense left very few missing Cabrera’s limited range (as expected), but his bat has become a consistent source of offense for the Tribe over the last month (not expected).
In 34 games since taking over shortstop full time, Ramirez is batting .282 with six doubles, two triples, a home run and nine RBI. More recently, the 5-foot-9, 165-pounder from the Dominican Republic has three three-hit performances over his last seven games.To read more or comment...
Wednesday night’s Indians game against the visiting Twins has been postponed due to inclement weather. It is scheduled to be made up as part of traditional doubleheader Thursday, beginning at 12:05 p.m.
Thursday’s pitching match ups are slated to be Indians right-hander Corey Kluber versus Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson in Game One. After a half-hour break, Indians left-hander T.J. House is scheduled to face Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco in Game Two.
According to the Indians, Wednesday’s ticket holders must exchange their tickets for a future game of their choice. Exchanges can be made at the Progressive Field ballpark ticket office beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday.
Wednesday’s postponement marks the first time in Progressive Field’s 20-year history that the Indians have had to play three traditional double headers. During the 2009 season, there were two.To read more or comment...
Take away a 1/3 of an inning from Trevor Bauer’s eight-inning outing Tuesday night against the visiting Minnesota Twins, and the performance would have counted as one of the best of his young career.
Heck, take away four hitters and the game would have been completely different.
Problem is, during that four-batter span coming with two outs in the fourth inning, the right-hander’s command deserted him. The result was all four of the Twins runs on four consecutive hits – three of the extra-base variety for a 4-3 victory.
Bauer’s momentary lapse was all the window the Twins needed to claim the first games of a three-game set at Progressive Field, as the punchless Indians offense scored two runs early, but only one more in the eighth inning as their late rally came up short.To read more or comment...