This road trip just can’t end soon enough for the Tribe. They’ve lost (and lost) on the field and yesterday’s game even included the unwanted bonus of Jason Kipnis going out with an abdominal strain. The irrational, cynical part of me says, “Well, they lost five in a row with him, so what does it matter?” That’s really just mean and probably stupid too, but I’d be lying if I didn’t start to get angry when the Tribe appears to be this listless. Kipnis’ injury might not be all that serious as Terry Francona said after the game, the team hopes it’s more like cramping than anything else. In the end, the Tribe dropped their second game against the Angels 6-4 last night, and they have one more on this road trip before they get to turn the calendar to May.
They can hopefully forget about April quickly. The Tribe is 11-16 heading into the final game of April. A season ago they finished April 11-13, which is good to remember. Of course it would be better to just start hot and playing to your greatest potential. The Indians surely were supposed to be prepared to do that coming off a playoff run with a chance to capitalize on that momentum. It’s disappointing that they’re scuffling like this, but they’re not doomed just yet.
Speaking of capitalizing on momentum, Corey Kluber was unable to do that either. Coming off his complete game, getaway masterpiece last week, Kluber was battered for 4.2 innings. The Angels have a powerful lineup, but after watching the video this morning, it felt more like a scrappy bunch of guys were slapping the ball all over the field against Kluber. Consider that the Angels scored six runs against the Tribe by scoring in five separate innings and doing so without a homer, double or triple.
On the bright side for the Tribe, Carlos Santana continued his hot hitting with another homer. This time it was a no-doubt shot. Two games in a row, from different sides of the plate, Santana hit home runs. Here’s hoping that is a sign that the catcher-turned-third-baseman is locked in and ready to help carry this team offensively. Even with the last two games, Santana is looking to raise his average from 0.156 with an OBP of 0.321.
The Indians will turn to Zach McAllister to try and get them out of L.A. and this entire West Coast road trip with at least one win. He faces C.J. Wilson and thankfully the game is at 7:05 EASTERN time this evening. So, maybe the Indians can give us a game worth watching when it’s also occurring at a time more of us can stay awake to see it.