When the Cleveland Indians opened up their 2017 season, I couldn’t help but think about Terry Francona’s Aprils of the past. For those counting at home, April is certainly not Tito’s best month. Prior to this season, his overall record in the month of April is by far the worst, coming in at 38-56 overall. Francona’s Indians generally limp out of the gate. His best April record came in at 10-11, and that was the opening salvo to last season’s run to the playoffs.
In the latest EHC Podcast, Mike Hattery and I dive into the early stories of the spring, ponder a Francisco Lindor leap, and opine on a potential Cy Young run for what should be the story of the past couple of years in Carlos Carrasco.
And yes, I don’t say the name of a certain ridiculous utility player that just won’t go away.
And now he’s a pitcher. There’s nothing good that comes from that. Nothing.
Here’s the lineup:
- The Francisco Lindor power surge could take him to the next level
- Jose Ramirez and Frankie Lindor have impressive bathead control (barreling for those that care!)
- A Lindor deal, and the ridiculousness that it could reach, if you let your head wander
- Edwin Encarnacion is struggling with the K
- Let’s hug Yan Gomes—he needs it
- Overreaction Theater with Corey Kluber
- Cy Young arsenal for Carlos Carrasco
- How did Carrasco turn it around?
- Bauer vs. Salazar–Is Bauer more stable on the mound?
- JRam’s elite defense at second, and how this year could be a pre-cursor for next year and beyond
- Naquin sent down…Almonte stays up, and it’s the right move!