Why does Terry Francona insist on having Mark “Strikeout King” Reynolds in the lineup 90 percent of the time?
He had one lucky month, April. Since then, he must be hitting .150. I don’t have the statistics, but he must be leading the Tribe in strikeouts, if not the league.
Francona better cut back on the bubble gum. I think it’s affecting his judgment.
For the record, Reynolds ranks fourth in the league and first on the Tribe in strikeouts, and his batting average since April (going into the weekend) is .181.
Reynolds’ playing time has diminished the past two weeks. That is not something to necessarily cheer if you’re an Indians fan. The offense needs a productive Reynolds.
Francona’s job is to try to get Reynolds going again, not leave him on the bench for the rest of the season. Nobody is smart enough to know whether Reynolds will continue to slump or suddenly break out of it.
But keep in mind that Reynolds has a track record, and players usually don’t stray far from their normal level of performance.
I’ll be surprised if they trade farmhands for a two-month rental this year. I’m interested in the team’s prospects this winter for extending the contracts of some of their more valuable players: Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber and Justin Masterson.
That probably should be their No. 1 objective in the offseason, though they also will have to be in the acquisition business, as well.
As for making a move at the trading deadline, General Manager Chris Antonetti would love to trade a couple of farmhands from a Wayne County dairy farm for a back-end reliever.
On the Indians’ website, there is an image of Terry Francona. Below it is a likeness of a person who looks like Johnny Damon. How could that be? Do you know who it is?
The Indians’ home page might have changed since you saw the phantom photo of Johnny Damon. If you look really close now, you can see what looks like an image of Manny Ramirez picking up a paycheck that fell out of his locker.