The drop-off in production serves as cold, hard slap in the face reminding the Indians of who they lost over the winter.
Bryan Shaw signed a lucrative deal with the Rockies.
Joe Smith used a stellar two months in a Tirbe uniform to sign a lucrative deal with ***.
These were huge pieces of a bullpen corps that played an instrumental part during the Tribe’s 22-game win streak last season.
Shaw had his critics in Cleveland, but if you don’t miss him now, something’s wrong. Shaw posted a 3.11 ERA between 2013-2017 and was an innings eater. It didn’t matter how many games Terry Francona summoned him to pitch because the skipper could usually rely on his effectiveness.
Shaw led the league in appearance during the 2014 (80), 2016 (75) and 2017 (79) campaigns.
Now with the Rockies, Shaw has been excellent on the road, however, he’s had difficulties pitching in the thin air at Coors Field.