How many shutout innings does a pitcher need to pitch before fans finally stop being so negative? Especially the fans who get extremely upset when they lose a game and think the entire season is finished because of it.
Salazar isn’t an ace, we know that. He’s still capable of throwing 6 scoreless innings and that’s what matters. You can argue that they won against the worst team. Sure you can. They’re not the worst team because of their hitting. If your pitchers aren’t doing their job, the White Sox can pack a pounding. Avisail Garcia is batting .303, Leury Garcia .298, Melky Cabrera .295, Jose Abreu .293, with a combined 198 RBIs. Salazar was able to keep those dangerous batters at bay until the 7th inning when he gave up the only 2 runs of the game. Any ace pitcher with common sense would be happy to have that type of an outing.
Salazar’s performance comes at a key time when the Indians are on a hot streak, giving them 8 consecutive wins. Corey Kluber takes the mound tomorrow looking for number 9.
Santana homers in the first inning. – MLB.com
Lindor knocks in the go-ahead run. – MLB.com
Bauer strikes out Mike Trout in the 6th inning.- MLB.com
If you’re an Indians fan, you’re probably pretty happy. The team that was 21-24 at home before winning a game has just swept their homestand, won seven in a row, and flip-flopped their home record to four games over .500. This puts their win/loss total to ten games over .500, which should be a comfortable place to rest.
But is it? Although the Kansas City Royals are two games behind Cleveland, they’re one game ahead in their win streak, technically making them hotter (at least for now). They’re no strangers to contention and they’re not going to give up. It just feels like these guys never lose games. Every time you hear something about them, they’re winning whatever it is. But even that is just a worry that Cleveland has only in their own division.
The remainder of worries lies in any other division in baseball other than NL Central. As a matter of fact, the only first-place team who has a worse record is the current MLB champions. In a nutshell, the two teams who seem to have the most attention are the two teams who played against each other in the World Series, and out of all the first-place teams, they’re both dead last in their respective leagues.
So who’s really hotter? Cleveland has won 55 games. Boston has won 56. Washington, 61. Houston, 67. LA Dodgers, a whopping 71. The Dodgers are winning in a division where the next team down (Arizona) is 12 games behind, and even they are 16 games over .500, just ahead of Colorado, who are 13 games over .500. That can only partially be blamed on the Padres and Giants.
My opinion is this: The National League has more bad teams, which makes the good teams look better, whereas the American League has more good teams, making the better teams look worse. But we all know what opinions are like, and everbody has one.
As the World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals have obviously set the 2016 standards. Out of the 29 other teams, there are four teams needing to pay closer attention than all the others. They are the Minnesota Twins, the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago White Sox, and the Detroit Tigers. All of the teams in the Central Division will be on each other’s feet throughout most of the season.
The odds of winning a World Series may possibly be more dynamic than winning the lottery jackpot. The statistical best team may not win the title because so many things can happen during each at bat. Errors, fatigue, injury, esteem, chance, etc. That’s what makes baseball so exciting. That’s what’s going to make this year’s Central Division so intense.
I’m not counting Detroit out, either. Every team has made changes, and they’re good ones, too. Detroit has been a factory of powerhouse players for decades. There’s a reason why they spend the money they spend. This may be the year it pays off for the better.