Behind Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians bats awoke to thump the Reds, 13-0.
1. Jose Ramirez belted two home runs from different sides of the plate–in the same game–for the second time this season!
Not sure what was affecting J-Ram in the first half of 2019, but the player were used to seeing is back. Even when the Tribe’s bats couldn’t hit water on Lake Erie, Ramirez, who had some down moments, too, was the Tribe’s most consistent hitter.
J-Ram became the first player in MLB history to homer from both sides of the plate twice within his team’s first 15 games of the season, according to STATS.
2. Now, all Ramirez has to do is go prime Carlos Baerga and crack two jacks from different sides of the plate in the same inning.
3. The Indians are 10-8. Better than 8-10, but one can’t help but think about all the pitching they wasted. The mark should be more like 12-6.
4. Entering the Friday night finale, the Tribe’s entire staff ranked first in ERA (2.09) and second in K/9 11.07 and second in BB/9 (2.09).
5. Carlos Carrasco won the Comeback Player of the Year award after the 2019 season as he worked his way back onto the field while fighting Leukemia.
Carrasco deserves the accolade again because not only is he starting starting again, he’s been downright excellent. He pitched six-innings of one-hit ball while striking out eight against the Reds…a lineup that’s supposed to hit in 2020.
6. I once asked Reds great Barry Larkin if hitting was contagious, and I remember the Hall of Famer being adamant that is. Too long ago to remember the quote, but I remember Larkin talking up the confidence that can be built up when even jut a couple start knocking hits.
In the 13-0 victory against the Reds, every one of the players to start the game had a hit, with the exception being Carlos Santana.
7. It was a rough go things for a while, and now the Tribe gets two against the White Sox and two against the Cubs.
8. After that, the Tribe plays three against Detroit, three against Pittsburgh and then three more against the Tigers before the Twins roll into town. The Chicago teams aren’t any pushovers, but once those games are done, the Tribe has a real chance to add important wins to the victory column.