Here are tonight’s starting lineups and pre-game notes for the Indians and visiting Houston Astros Saturday night at Progressive Field.
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Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts on the Indians error-filled 5-1 loss to the visiting Houston Astros Friday night at Progressive Field.
1) Errors, errors and more errors. With two more (incredibly costly) defensive errors in Friday’s game, the Indians are one away from reaching 100 with six weeks (35 games to be exact) to go in the season. Consider the club had 98 all of last season.
But add a collapse in all-around fundamentals with two base running blunders as well, and it’s hard to see this club making another late postseason push like last year.
2) “We have about six weeks left,” manager Terry Francona said. “If we want to continue to be in this thing we have to play a lot cleaner. We’re the type of team where we can’t play like that and expect to win. We need to play clean.”To read more or comment...
For anyone wondering how the Indians have become the worst defensive team in the American League, no need to look any further than Friday night’s late debacle that led to a 5-1 loss to the visiting Houston Astros.
With the score knotted at 1-1 since the fifth inning, the Indians spoiled a good chance to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth. With runners on first and second base with no outs, they promptly ran themselves out of the promising inning.
Then in the top of the inning with lockdown closer Cody Allen on the mound, two errors that pushed the club’s total to 99 on the season, followed by a Jon Singleton home run sealed Tribe’s demise.
It was the errors that set the tone, however, as all four ninth-inning runs were unearned. The defensive debacle began with one out and one on, Tribe first baseman Carlos Santana airmailed a routine throw to second base into shallow left field on what should have been a fielder’s choice at least - if not a double play - allowing Dexter Fowler to reach safely and put two men on.To read more or comment...
Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher will undergo surgery on both knees late Wednesday and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Swisher has been on the 15-day Disabled List with knee soreness since August 10 and also made an earlier DL stint with similar discomfort from May 27 through June 11.
When Swisher's knee pain persisted, he recently saw the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Rick Parker. Swisher then sought a second opinion Tuesday with Los Angeles Dodgers team physician Dr. Neil ElAttrache in L.A., who concurred with Parker that surgical intervention would be the most appropriate course of action.
An Indians press release late Wednesday afternoon stated “Dr. ElAttrache confirmed that Nick is dealing with chronic medial knee discomfort in both knees as a result of medial meniscus wear and tear.”To read more or comment...