The Cleveland Indians were defeated by the Baltimore Orioles, 6-5. Despite the outcome, this game was similar to the others in the Indians hot streak as the Indians filled out their win-streak checklist.
Edwin Encarnacion home run? Check.
Jose Ramirez reaches base multiple times? Check.
Bradley Zimmer impacts the game on offense and defense? Check.
Indians get a competent start from the rotation? Nope. This last line proved to be pretty important and manager Terry Francona might have been more at fault for it than starter Josh Tomlin.
With these simple keys, Jim Pete and myself, return to the internet airways to discuss the nuances of baseball and to toss a few hot takes out as well. And no, stating the fact that Jose Ramirez should now be considered an elite player is not one of those hot takes. Facts are facts.
- A way too long discussion about Mike’s four-day shadow
- Jose Ramirez is really, REALLY good… a star-level player
- Is JRam a RICH MAN’S Ben Zobrist?
- The ceiling gap between JRam and Lindor
- Is the only thing holding JRam back the type of pedigree that Lindor has had from the start?
- Runners on first and second, nobody out, and Lonnie, Carlos and Yan Gomes up next, what do you do? Let Lonnie bunt, so they can walk Carlos, and get to Gomes?
- Fringy five starters, and why they shouldn’t likely go through the line-up more than a couple times
- Will the Indians piggy-back at any time?
- The Francona guys, and why Tito makes us hate them
- The pen is good, and the rotation is shaping up
- Is there anything to the Indians
- The Indians turned it on in Minnesota
- The Zimmer platoon
- Will the Indians make a trade?
- The Salazar conundrum
- Is Francisco Mejia untouchable?
- How do you say Bode?