Last Night's Game
Last night's game, as far as atmosphere was concerned, felt like the 90s, when the park was sold out every night. We've gotten used to an almost-empty Progressive Field in recent years, and it was nice to see a game played before a capacity crowd once again.
It was almost a perfect, what with the weather, Omar Vizquel's Indians Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and the performances on the field. But, like on Friday night, the Indians couldn't quite seal the deal. Trevor Bauer gave up two home runs in the seventh as he was tiring, and after Cody Allen gave up an 0-2 single to Ian Kinsler to lead off the tenth, it seemed inevitable that either Miguel Cabrera or Victor Martinez would once again make the Indians pay. The Indians played well, but just not well enough to win.
I think even the most jaded Tribe fan would admit that the Indians have done a great job connecting the present day team with the past. It started with Heritage Park and the re-introduction of the Indians Hall of Fame, and has continued with bringing back former stars to the park. Even Albert Belle, who left the club under rather nasty circumstances, has returned to visit, and it's just a matter of time until he has his own induction ceremony.
Omar! talks about his special night.
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GIven how badly Mike Moustakas started the 2014 season, what he's done since coming back from Omaha has been seen as a huge improvement. But perhaps Moustakas at his best isn't going to come close to the expectations placed on him when the Royals draft him.
Rienzo is headed to the bullpen after another poor start. That's been a trend lately in the AL Central, with Wade Davis, Carlos Carrasco, and now Rienzo headed to the 'pen after not cutting it in the rotation.
There's been bad flooding throughout the Midwest this week, but Minnesota's had it the worst. So this is quite a timely story.
McCoy was a minor-league signing after spending seven seasons in the Washington organization.
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The Indians will be going with a four-man rotation and a nine-man bullpen through most of their West Coast trip thanks to two off days surrounding the Arizona series (yes a two-game series played under a dome needs extra off-days for potential makeups). I would guess at this point Mark Lowe would be the one optioned down when Zach McAllister's turn in the rotation comes up again.
Outman is still in DFA limbo, and I'm hoping that's because the Indians are in trade negotiations with a couple clubs. Outman hasn't been great this year, but at the same time, I didn't think he deserved to be cut loose. But with Crockett coming on the scene and three left-handed relievers being too many in a bullpen, I suppose it was going to happen eventually.
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Clayton Kershaw, who has long been the best pitcher in baseball, now has a no-hitter to his credit, and what a performance it was: 107 pitches, 15 strikeouts, and 0 walks.