Game 160: Indians 7, White Sox 3

 

The Indians won their seventh in a row, the first they've done that this season. Does that signify something, or is it next to meaningless given the state of the teams they've played? The Indians do have a lineup full of call-ups, but unlike their competition, they've been playing those call-ups since August, so it would make sense that the Indians' group of youngsters would have an advantage over the other guys. The pitching has been excellent, led by Fausto Carmona, who finished his season on a roll.


Fausto Carmona struggled in the first couple innings, but got on track and finished his comeback season with  a fine capper. He went six innings, struck out seven, and walked one, breezing through a lineup full of call-ups after initial problems. Carmona gave up three of his five hits in the first inning; he was leaving his sinking up in the hitting zone, and he didn't get much help from his defense either. After Mark Teahen hit an opposite-field double, Dayan Viciedo grounded a ball up the middle that Luis Valbuena should have knocked down, but the second baseman missed it, and Teahen would score from second. The play wasn't ruled an error, and thanks to a double later in the inning the run would be earned anyway, but Valbuena, with present competition and more coming needs to be making every play he can.

Tony Pena, who has pitched in relief most of the season, made the start, and was smacked around from the beginning. Michael Brantley led off the game with a double down the right field line, Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a double of his own, and Shin-Soo Choo hit a hung curve over the right field fence for a three-pointer. The Indians scored three more in the third thanks mainly to walks and a wild pitch.

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via www.fangraphs.com

 

Highest WPA

Lowest WPA

MIchael Brantley
.150
Luis Valbuena
-.033
Fausto Carmona
.082
Lou Marson
-.030
Shin-Soo Choo
.114
Matt LaPorta
-.026
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