About last night:
The four-game winning streak came to an end in Baltimore by the score of 8-4, as T.J. House was overmatched in his first MLB start. The bright spots were Jason Giambi, who hit his first home run of the season and became the ninth player in MLB history to be intentionally walked in his age-43 season, and Lonnie Chisenhall, who picked up his 12th and 13th doubles of the season (giving him the team lead), boosting his OPS to 1.006.
Other Tribe items:
Trevor Bauer is comfortable, and he's pitching like it - Zack Meisel at Cleveland.com talks with Trevor Bauer and Mickey Callaway about the young pitcher's performance and personality. Meisel uses the word introvert, while Callaway describes Bauer as a... "robot."
Klubot and the B-1000 are taking over the world!
Speaking of Kluber...
August Fagerstrom has a great look at the Tribe ace up at FanGraphs. The article shows that Kluber has been nearly identical to a certain Cy Young winner who's set to land more than $100 million when he hits free agency at the end of next season, the article shows that Kluber's cutter is one of the absolute best pitches in baseball, and the article includes some very pretty GIFs of Kluber making hitters look silly. Check it out.
The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation has announced the 11 MLB nominees for this year's honor (including Nick Swisher). The 11 of the may very well embody the values of the greatest player in Indians history, I don't know. What I do know is that all of them are white guys, which seems off, and feel like a reminder of the worst thing about MLB during World War II.
Matt Garrioch of Minor League Ball has released his top 350 prospects for the 2014 MLB draft. I was interested to see that Carlos Rodon, the NC State southpaw who seems like the consensus #1 pick, is at #3 on the list.
Ichiro Suzuki would love to get the chance to pitch in an MLB game. He was a pitcher in high school, and says he has a good fastball and slider, but that "like all Japanese pitchers, the splitter is my bread and butter." Yankees manager Joe Girardi says that in an emergency, he'd consider bringing him in. I for one will be rooting for the the Indians to take another 22-0 lead on New York and create that emergency.
Ken Rosenthal reports on a in-depth research project into Tommy John surgeries (which have felt like an epidemic of late), looking at what percentage of players from various countries have the operation, what age pitchers have it at, and the average recovery time.
At Sports on Earth, Eno Sarris says that in order to better sustain pitchers' health, MLB should adopt what is already done in Japan, where there are fewer elbow injuries for pitchers, the 6-man rotation.
This week's off-topic topic:
I often look to the biggest new movie release to help me come up with a topic/list, but this weekend's top movie will be X-Men, and I feel like I've covered superhero stuff semi-recently (though you're welcome to discuss it). The other wide release is Blended, which lends itself to a "top Adam Sandler movies" list, except I'm not capable of making such a list, because despite being the same age as a ton of big Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore fans, those movies never did it for me, nor did most of his others. The only one of his movies from the last decade I've even seen was Funny People, notable for not really being an Adam Sandler Movie™.
Bill Murray and Tom Hanks have been in the most comedies that I really like, followed by Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin.
Which comedic actors are most likely to get you to see a movie?