Stream of consciousness as Indians push back Bartolo, Twins

Despite not being a poet or visionary such as Jon, Mike Hattery included his immediate thoughts and the thoughts of others in a stream of consciousness throughout Tuesday night’s Indians game.

8:01: Sitting down to the trusty two lap top layout for the purpose of reviewing tonight’s lineup:

The Indians, specifically Francona decided to continue the practice of Jason Kipnis hitting in the Top 3 despite his offensive malfeasance.1

An important point before first pitch process is more important than outcomes in a limited sample. Making proper decisions is often not rewarded in single game samples, over the course of a season, with variance removed, making the proper decision is rewarded. For this reason, process or the basis of the decision is more important than the outcome of that decision in a single regular season game.

8:05: Is there any way Goslings Ginger Beer can sponsor WFNY? Who cares, free endorsement, it is awesome.

8:07: Rick Manning and Matt Underwood come one which means it is time for mute and a spotify playlist. For Danny Salazar, music that is enigmatic is preferred, a Nina Simone lede.

8:12: Lindor leads off the game for the Indians with a single in an 0-2 count. Beautiful swing to flip it the opposite way into left field.

8:15: The always agile Colon trips over his back foot attempting to throw to first forcing a balk.

8:16: More bad contact from Jason Kipnis

8:19: Soft contact from Ramirez and Encarnacion strand Lindor in scoring position.

8:25: Salazar requires the first two hitters with ease but the high end-velocity has not been wielded yet.  Everything 93-94 with the fastball.

8:28: The Salazar split-change, a plus offering gets mediocre first baseman Joe Mauer to chase for strike three.

Your musical interlude:

8:31: Jay Bruce hits a missile of the fence in right-center. The exit velocity was a robust 98.7 MPH.

8:34: Santana adds a walk to an .858 OPS in the second half.

8:35: An infield single loads the bases up with no outs for the stone cold Bradley Zimmer

8:36: Zimmer fouls off fastball up, whiff on changeup down but uses superb disciple to square the count 2-2.  Colon got Zimmer with a changeup down. The sequencing for Colon was outstanding going up and down, in and out against the frustrated slugger.

8:39: A shockingly quick strikeout from Gomes made it two outs. Gomes got destroyed upstairs with an 88 MPH fastball. Absurd.

8:41: Lindor pops up to shallow center and Bartolo escapes. Indians .246 batting average with runners in scoring position gets worse.

8:45: 2-2 slider whiffs Sano. Salazar’s slider has nice shape and is being leveraged better of late.

8:47: Salazar tapping into more velocity with a runner at second and one out, running it up to 96.

8:48: A Byron Buxton single gives the Twins a 1-0 lead.

8:55: A leadoff walk for Jason Kipnis provides a ray of light.

8:59: Edwin Encarnacion needed assistance to remember that ball four occurred.

9:00: A Jay Bruce double-play make the offense all the more infuriating.

9:12: Salazar cruises through the third without a tremor of danger.

9:15: Santana hits one of the longest home runs of the Indians season. Santana hit the ball out of Target field. Exit velocity on that home run 109.9.

9:18: Austin Jackson with another hit. Both of which had a hit probability of less than 55%. Jackson has been fantastic for the Indians in 2017, rebuilding his value as a platoon killing fourth outfielder. The cost of his next contract will be very interesting.

9:20: Zimmer strikes out again. The natives are restless and would like a blood letting.

A musical interlude:

9:31: Jason Kipnis gives the Indians a 2-1 lead with a home run to right-center.2

9:32: But a moment later:

9:46: Salazar has transitioned to terminator mode commanding every pitch and dominating hitters.

9:49: Zimmer walks. A positive, even in his slide Zimmer is posting a walk rate over 12%. Nice to see his willingness to take a walk remain.

10:05: Salazar posts his 9th strikeout, his 3rd against Joe Mauer this evening. This is particularly impressive because Mauer is one of the 10 toughest hitters in Major League Baseball to strike out.

10:09: Edwin Encarnacion hits another home run but it is stolen by the talented huckster, Byron Buxton.

10:30: Salazar went seven strong innings with 10 strikeouts no walks and one run. Perhaps more important, he held and even raised his velocity as the game deepened.

Courtesy of Baseball Savant

  1. With that offensive criticism at the outset, a Kipnis breakout is wholly expected. []
  2. I am eating crow in a nice duck sauce at the moment []