If you haven't noticed, I've been doing these things over in the comments of the game recaps but Jay was kind enough to ask me to try posting in the FanPosts section. After a loss, it can be easy to get lost in negativity. I can be as subject to this as anyone. However, a baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. Even in the worst loss, there are many things to build on for the future. That's how I came up with this, well, defense mechanism. After the jump are 3 positives to take from today's loss to the Twins.
1. You've probably heard it by now, but Jason Kipnis is on a roll, and if this team needed anything right this second in its depleted state, it's a superstar. If you can't trade for one (and I'm not sure we can), it helps if you can make your own. Jason Kipnis may not win the balloting, but he deserves as of this moment to be the starting 2B in the All-Star Game for the AL.
2. Scott Barnes pitched a pretty good inning in the 9th, better than his slightly panicky appearance the other day. If Tony Sipp is going to be totally unreliable, it would be helpful to have another LP we can turn to on a regular basis. Hopefully Barnes can be that for not just this year, but well into the future.
3. The Indians continue to show great fight-back ability. Half our players get injured, the offense plays as well as it has all year. The pitchers get runners on base, they fight not to give in. They could have thrown their hands up after going down 0-4 in the first but they came back and tied it before, well... you saw it.
Let's hope they can pull off a series win tomorrow!