The Cleveland Indians fell short today in their pursuit of a win over the New York Yankees. Although, many reasons were why they did not win, it all leads back to manager Terry Francona.
The loss the Cleveland Indians suffered today by the New York Yankees belongs squarely on the shoulders of Tribe manager Terry Francona. It was clear that Francona’s lack of adjustments on the move when the situation called for them were reasons why Cleveland fell short.
In the eighth inning with outfielder Abraham Almonte on second base, Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes, who has been struggling came to the plate with no outs. His opposition on the mound for the Yankees was left-handed setup man Andrew Miller.
You must realize that Gomes is zero for the month of June and is simply having a terrible time at the plate. His batting average is also well below the Mendoza line (below .200).
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So why not pinch hit for him? Options were better on the bench as backup catcher Chris Gimenez has a greater average.
The players available were mostly left hand batters but that is not an ideal situation with a lefty versus lefty matchup. However, given Gomes’ struggles, he should had been replaced with a pinch hitter.
Later on in extra innings, the Cleveland Indians had a man in scoring position with two outs. Third baseman Juan Uribe was coming to the plate but he had a tough matchup with New York’s elite closer Aroldis Chapman on the mound.
Uribe’s batting average is also below the Mendoza line, yet Francona let him hit! Uribe had done nothing all game, just like Gomes, and he ultimately struck out!
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Once again, there were people on the bench with better chances to at least put a ball in play.
Francona had players playing out of position too. Almonte was out in right field, an area that he is not as familiar with, and the play at that position cost the Indians the winning run! Also, Ramirez miss played a ball off the wall in left field that also cost the Indians.
If Cleveland is going to build through the draft, then they must trust who they draft! The Cleveland Indians are left-handed hitting heavy and that needs to be fixed.
Francona is a good manager and they should not consider replacing him! That said, he must learn to stop trusting his veterans so heavily. Yes, they also still need some help in the bullpen! Hopefully Cleveland gets on that before the trade deadline.