Eighteen final thoughts as the Indians failed to close out their first four-game series sweep of the season.
1. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com was in Detroit for much of the series and reported the Indians are looking for a top of the rotation starter to pair with right-hander Corey Kluber before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. He said talks with the Tampa Bay Rays are continuing about David Price, but a Rosenthal source put the Indians’ chances of landing Price at less than one percent.
2. It’s easy to see why General Manager Chris Antonetti is exploring the market. At the moment, the Indians have Kluber and Trevor Bauer and no one else dependable in the starting rotation. (Raise your hand if you thought coming out of spring training that Bauer’s name would have been mentioned in that sentence.) Their roster for the Tigers’ series had three starters (Kluber, Josh Tomlin and Bauer) and 10 relievers.
3. Justin Masterson is either hurt, distraught because he’s losing millions in his contract year or feeling the burden of what the Indians’ two- or three-year offer in spring training (reportedly about $14 million per year) would have meant not just to his family, but to the charitable causes he supports. He’s on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation and pitched Sunday evening for Triple-A Columbus. He could have pitched his way out of the Indians’ future plans, unless he’s found to have a serious injury.To read more or comment...
DETROIT: Coming into Sunday, right-hander Josh Tomlin’s career ERA against the Detroit Tigers was the third-highest of any major league team he’s faced.
Unfortunately for the Indians, that trend continued.
Tomlin went jut 4 1/3 innings and surrendered four runs on six hits, including a two-run home run by Torii Hunter in the fourth, as the Tigers prevailed 5-1.
The Indians took the four-game series at Comerica Park 3-1 and headed to Minnesota as a three-city, 11-game road trip continues. The Tribe has yet to sweep a four-game series this season, but is 7-5 against Detroit after going 4-15 last season.To read more or comment...
Indians manager Terry Francona laid out the starting rotation for the next five games, starting with a three-game series that begins Monday in Minnesota.
Left-hander T.J. House will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to pitch Monday against the Twins, followed by right-hander Danny Salazar (also to be called up from the Clippers) and right-hander Trevor Bauer. Right-hander Corey Kluber will open the three-game series in Kansas City Thursday, followed by right-hander Justin Masterson or right-hander Zach McAllister.
Masterson, on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation, is pitching a rehab start today for the Clippers. McAllister was optioned back to Columbus after Saturday night's start in Detroit.
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Twenty-three final thoughts after the Indians recorded their first doubleheader sweep in Detroit since 1966.
1. Judging from the reaction after I posted that fact on Twitter, the magnitude seemed almost unfathomable to fans. In 1966, the Indians’ leading hitters were Rocky Colavito, Leon Wagner, Max Alvis and Vic Davalillo. That’s not just a generation ago, but another era of baseball.
2. The Indians have swept the last four doubleheaders between the two clubs. The Tribe (50-47) improved to three games above .500 and moved into second place in the AL Central Division, 4.5 games behind the Tigers.
3. Is the tide turning against a team that dominated the Indians last year, going 15-4? This season the Indians are 7-4 against the Tigers, 4-1 at Comerica Park.To read more or comment...