Stop me if you heard this one before. A soft tossing lefty who hasn’t been great, sees the Indians and turns himself into the second coming of Sandy Koufax. Toronto’s JA Happ made his third start of the year. The last time out, he didn’t make it out of the third inning, giving up four runs on seven hits, including two homers in a 5-3 loss to the Angels. Naturally a night after destroying Jays pitching for 15 runs on 22 hits, Happ held the Indians down to one run on six hits in six innings in a 4-2 Blue Jays win. Only a homer by David Murphy staved off the lefty holding the Tribe scoreless.
Baseball is such a crazy game. The last time the Indians scored double figures was two weeks ago at home against the Chicago White Sox. The 12-run outburst was followed by five runs in three games. The soft tossing lefty Happ started yet another offensive skid. The big difference between the 2013 92-win club and this year’s version of the Tribe is the way they handle left-handed pitching. The magic of guys like Ryan Raburn, Nick Swisher, Yan Gomes, and Carlos Santana in their handling of southpaws has all but disappeared. It is not a good sign when your three (Raburn – who should never be hitting third) and four (Santana) hitters are hitting .181 and .158 respectively. The Indians have now been worked over by Erik Bedard and Happ in the same week. Ouch. [Read more...]