Carlos Santana is on fire, and that’s downplaying what the switch-hitter is doing with his stick.
Santana, who hit two homers Sunday, has crushed six moonshots since Tuesday, which is more than 21 MLB teams. After a miserable start to the season, Santana is 9 for his last 15 with five walks, one strikeout, five homers and eight RBIs. His OPS is up .827 OPS after sinking to .571 May 21, and his 20 homers tie his total from a season ago.
Santana struck fear into the heart of Kansas City’s pitchers, while the Royals took two of three from the Tribe. Unfortunately, the Indians wrapped up their 11-game road trip with a 5-6 mark, which can be looked on as huge disappointment, considering the Tribe started their second half by taking three of four games from the Tigers.
One would have to think Santana is a lock to win the AL Player of the Week. Jason Kipnis napped the award last week.
Despite this road trip being a certified bummer, the Indians are only 3 1/2 games out of the final wild card spot. The Indians now trail Detroit by 6 1/2 games. Six AL teams are within five games of the final postseason spot.
• Asdrubal Cabrera was back in the lineup Sunday, so let the speculation continue on whether or not he’ll be moved before baseball’s July 31 trade deadline.
According to Indians Analyst Jensen Lewis, Cabrera has value because of a lack of quality middle-infiedlers, but Cleveland.com columnist Terry Pluto sees it another way.
Pluto believes the Indians will shop Cabby, but doesn’t expect the franchise will get much in return.
“They are not likely to receive much in return for the 28-year-old veteran. Cabrera is hitting .247 (.699 OPS) with nine homers and 39 RBI. He’s tied for the league lead with 14 errors at short, and his range is way below average.”
Pluto also wouldn’t be surprised to see Justin Masterson dealt, although the team would prefer the free-agent-to-be to finish on a positive note.
• Training camp is pulling people to Berea, like gold moved the prospectors to the west.
As the national media uses statistical analysis to try and figure out when Johnny Manziel will start Brian Hoyer may remain the league’s best kept secret. This story explains how Hoyer ended up in Cleveland with an unknown ceiling of ability.
• The biggest story of Day 2 had to be the buzz Charles Johnson was generating at receiver, via Dawg Pound Daily. ESPN Cleveland writer Tony Grossi wrote an excellent feature introducing the former Packer practice squader to his new fans.
• Lineman Jason Pinkston is still missing from practice, and nobody is explaining why.
• Browns owner Jimmy Haslam addressed Manziel’s off-the-field behavior and didn’t pull any punches. Jimmy basically played Grandpa on this one, and nobody should be surprised by his responses.
• LeBron James will wear No. 23 next season. While it’s good to know because now the team shop can start cranking out jerseys, most fans wouldn’t have cared if went Robert Parrish and slapped the 00′s on his back.