Last Night's Game
Can you believe that next Sunday is September 1st? I can't.
When all phases of the team is going good it makes for great baseball. Of late the starting pitching has been excellent, the bullpen has been mostly good, but the offense hasn't done its part. But last night everything was working, thanks partly to Liam Hendriks, but still it was nice to see.
It's looking more and more like Ryan Raburn will need to go this Disabled List. He was out again last night, and with only two healthy players on the bench, it's going to be hard for the Indians to manage that much longer. The problem is that there isn't much help on the 40-man roster, with Tim Fedroff the only outfielder available. In retrospect it would have been a smart move to claim David DeJesus on waivers from Washington, as he would have fit perfectly into the outfield rotation. A straight platoon and DeJesus and Stubbs would have made right field a much better offensive for the Indians, and DeJesus is a better defender. And because the Indians had (and have) a worse record at the time than Tampa Bay, their claim would have trumped the Rays'. Oh well.
The Indians could add David Cooper to the roster, but that still doesn't really solve the outfield depth problem, as I don't think the Indians want to be playing Nick Swisher there every day. I think if Raburn goes on the DL, the Indians are making a trade.
Speaking of outfielders, here's a quick interview with Drew Stubbs.
Kluber is going to complete a bullpen session tomorrow, so it looks like the rehab is going well. And if there's no setbacks [insert snark here], he could still help the Indians in the regular season.
Some thoughts from Al.
AL Central News
The Royals are making the Indians' offensive struggles look insignificant. They've now lost seven in a row and are all but eliminated from contention.
The Twins are going to have lots of position player talent at the big league level soon, but don't have much in the pitching department. Alex Meyer is the best pitching prospect in the system, but he's struggled to stay healthy.
Today's Classic Clip
Lou Piniella makes a home run-saving catch in the 1977 World Series. And yes, that's Keith Jackson doing the play-by-play.