It’s early, so no one should be surprised that struggles can happen. Especially right out of the gate. Not to mention, some of the Tribes’ best players are still in the minors.
It’s hard to say that Jake Bauers is earning his spot. He went 0-3 in the series, with only three at-bats and no hits to his name. His platoon-mate, Yu Chang, also had a rough start but came on strong in game three, registering two hits and two RBI’s.
Replacing Francisco Lindor isn’t impossible, but it sure isn’t going to be easy. That’s something Andres Gimenez found out first hand. Defensively he was fine, but the 22-year-old shortstop had just one hit in 12 at-bats.
Nick Wittgren was the only reliever that had a bad outing all series long. He pitched just 0.2 IP, with three hits, two walks, and three earned runs in Game 2’s appearance. While the offense needed to step up anyway, Wittgren’s bad game cost the Indians the series.