Indians Saturday news and notes: Injury updates on Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher

Jason Miller

Love for Corey Kluber, MLB's strikeout leader, along with injury updates on Santana and Swisher, and attendance...

About last night

The Indians took the series opener against Colorado. Why? Because Corey Kluber was on the mound, and he is awesome. Kluber struck out 12 last night and leads all pitchers in Ks, which is something no Indian has done since Sam McDowell in 1970. He's also struck out 8+ in six consecutive starts, something no Indian pitcher had done since... Sam McDowell in 1970. I heart Corey in a big way right now.

If you're interested in the offense, Michael Bourn, Jason Kipnis, and Lonnie Chisenhall each had two hits, while Asdrubal Cabrera homered. Bourn has been hitting really well of late. Over the last ten games he's batting .395 and is 2 for 2 on stolen base attempts. Hopefully that's a sign that he's feeling healthy, and hopefully that good health lasts.

Oh, and if you're interested in defense, the Tribe didn't make any errors. Huzzah!

Let's Go Tribe recap (Phil Kehres)

MLB.com recap (Jordan Bastian)

Cleveland.com recap (Dennis Manoloff)

Other Tribe items

Zack Meisel's Friday notes at Cleveland.com - Injury updates: Carlos Santana is feeling better, but hasn't resumed baseball activities, and it doesn't sound like he'll be back until at least the middle of next week. Nick Swisher is doing exercises in the pool. I didn't realize until now that this is his first DL stint since 2005.

Jordan Bastian's Friday notes at MLB.com - Michael Brantley has now hit safely in 19 consecutive home games, which is a record for Indians players since Jacobs/Progressive Field opened in 1994. The overall franchise record for consecutive home games with at least one hit is 27, set by Miguel Dilone in 1980.

The objectively most glorious pitches of the week - Carson Cistulli at FanGraphs has determined the best pitches of the week, and the list is topped by Justin Masterson (with GIFs). So he's got that going for him (you can finish the line for me).

Elsewhere around MLB

Looking for reasons for the attendance gap - Joe Posnanski points out that (as of Friday) the seven lowest average attendance figures in baseball belong to American League teams (with the Indians in dead last), and that the NL has generally dominated in attendance for going on a decade. His final theory on why is an interesting one, and gives us another thing to blame on a couple teams we're happy to blame things on.

Game and series win probability - Steve Staude at The Hardball Times has put together a probability system for determining the likelihood of a team winning a game or series. It's somewhat math intensive, so certainly not for everyone, but for the right crowd, it's neat stuff.

ESPN Home run tracker - Miami's Giancarlo Stanton hit a 450-foot home run Friday night. He's a long-ball marvel, as this is already his fifth home run to travel at least that far this season. That's as many as all American League players combined.

This week's off-topic topic

This weekend brings two wide releases to theaters. Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie as the villain from Sleeping Beauty. A Million Ways to Die in the West stars Seth McFarlane as a guy who probably doesn't die in the West.

My favorite Jolie movie is... I don't know, there's not really anything that jumps out at me. What am I missing?

My favorite Western is Unforgiven, but the last decade has also produced two of my all-time favorites in the genre, neither of which was seen by many people: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which stars Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, and The Proposition, an Australian Western written by musician Nick Cave and starring Guy Pierce and Ray Winstone. There are some good old Westerns too, of course. What are your favorites? (from any era)

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