Record Setting Indians Pitching Staff

From ESPN:

Trevor Bauer struck out nine Astros batters on Wednesday to run his season strikeout total to 102, and joining Corey KluberCarlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar as Indians pitchers in triple digits. No other team in major-league history has had four players with 100 or more strikeouts as few as 84 games into a season. Prior to this year, the fewest games that any team needed to have four pitchers accumulate 100 strikeouts was 89, by the Dodgers in 1960 (Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Johnny Podres and Stan Williams)

Right now the Indians are 40-44, three games behind the Tigers.  Hmmm, I wonder if the Tigers need to watch out below?

Indians 6 Tigers 2

Ok, so, that 1984 euphoric feeling is fading just a little.  What bothered me most about tonight’s game was JV.  He’s the Tigers Ace.  And we needed him to be a stopper tonight.  After a rough outing from Smyly last night, the Tigers needed seven strong innings from JV but didn’t even get a quality start.

What makes this more troubling is this is JV’s third non-quality start in a row.

The offense doesn’t get a free pass for tonight either.  They squandered chances to cash in runs mostly by grounding into three double plays.

So, eight games in to the road trip, the Tigers are 6-2, not bad, but avoiding a sweep tomorrow afternoon would go a long way to regaining the warm and fuzzies.

Also, I thought the strike zone was an abomination for both pitchers.  Before Verlander even took the mound I was complaining to Nebraska that home plate umpire, Gabe Morales, was squeezing Trevor Bauer.

Let’s hope Max can be the stopper.

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