Ben Gamel has zero hits, three walks, and a run to his name so far in 2021. It’s pretty obvious that the Indians should’ve used the money they spent on him to keep Tyler Naquin. Both men are on the same exact deal but Naquin is playing well. Gamel isn’t. Made even more mind-boggling is the fact that Jordan Luplow is able to do work, yet he only played one game this series. It’s not even a matchup issue at this point, as the first two games of the series featured the Tigers throwing out lefties.
Putting a .190 hitter in the lead-off spot in game three was certainly a decision. Gimenez went 2-10 on the series but did have a good game two. He hit a two-run home run and scored a second time that game. Not the worst outing for the series but we needed names for this section.
Jake Bauers played in games one and three of the series and went 0-6, with an RBI and two strikeouts. He’s now batting .077 on the season. Yu Chang is able to do some work when he’s worked into the lineup, but Bauers is clearly struggling. It’s way too early to give up on him, but if he’s still hitting under .200 come May 1, then it would be time to at least pursue the idea of calling up Bobby Bradley.
While it seemed like everyone was feasting on awful Tigers pitching, Jose Ramirez was oddly quiet. He only went 2-10 for the series. Officially he hit .200, with no RBI’s, one run, and three walks. Not terrible by any means, but when you see the series Franmil Reyes had, you’ll see that Ramirez needs to up his game.