Doug Fister hasn’t won a game since last August, but like he normally does against the Indians, he has pitched a gem. He has been living in a rock for all this time and now that the Indians have decided to stop over to pay a visit, he thought it would be a great idea to climb out and say “Hello.”
I mentioned in the previous post what Mike Clevinger would have to do to have any chance against Boston and he did the opposite. All but one of the scoring hits were middle/middle in, where I wrote he would need to stay away from. When you do the opposite of what you’re supposed to do, you get taken out of the game before the 4th inning has completed.
Fister isn’t the only player on Boston who has befuddled the Indians. Eduardo Nunez has played the Indians for fools. When stealing 3rd base, he had already been halfway between 2nd and 3rd before the pitch had even been released without a single thought of throwing over to pick him off. I retract my viewpoint about Chicago’s win not taking anything away from Cleveland’s offensive run. The Indians were simply not in the game and it showed all the way through with the exception of Bradley Zimmer’s 2-run blast. This now gives Boston one more season win than the Tribe. Game 2 tomorrow night. Chris Sale will host Carlos Carrasco.
Carlos Carrasco will need some Red Bull to keep up with Chris Sale tomorrow. Both pitchers pitched quality starts on their last outings. Sale is among the league’s strikeout elite kings as of his last outing.
Carlos Carrasco: The bats are strong right now for the hot Red Sox. Carrasco will need to be on his A game if he wants to keep up with Sale. Unlike Sale, Carrasco needs to be spot on with his pitches. He doesn’t have room to play around the plate.
Chris Sale: Completely opposite. He can pretty much pitch anywhere he wants to and get away with it. His problem isn’t usually location as much as it is mechanics. As long as his mechanics are fine, he’s going to fool batters.