The Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays game on Thursday night looked more like the Home Run Derby in July than a game in the first few days of the season. The bats were awoken in the final game of the series, with the Blue Jays out-slugging the Tribe, 10-to-8. Let’s take a look at what we were watching for in this game.
Will the Indians starting pitching continue to be strong?
To answer quickly, no. Brett Myers pitched like the guy throwing batting practice for the Blue Jays, giving up four long balls. Two of them to catcher J.P. Arencibia. This is not a good start for Myers, with the question marks already being there for the starting rotation.
Will the offense produce more runs?
As predicted, Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana continued their bashing of Mark Buehrle. Swisher started early with an RBI double in the 1st. Santana hit a bomb in the 4th inning, and added a double on top of it. Santana went 3-for-5 on the night. Overall, five Indians had RBI, and really showed the potential of this new lineup. They showed the ability to score quickly, and only one Indian went hit-less.
Will the “Bullpen Mafia” continue their dominance?
Chris Perez, Joe Smith and Vinny Pestano all had work in the first two games. And without a day off for two weeks, Terry Francona couldn’t overwork them. Cody Allen gave up a long ball and Matt Albers had some control issues, but this shouldn’t be anything to worry about in the young season.
Indians 8, Blue Jays 6
Author’s Note: I will continue to do the What to Watch For posts as the season goes on. I will try to do at least one every series.