Lackey dominates listless Tribe
Indians hitters struggled mightily against the recently resurgent Sox starter John Lackey, who held the Tribe to just five base runners over seven frames. The Indians struck out nine times showing the sort of valley that has bared its ugly head from time to time.
Digressing from Lackey, who deserves his due as he was magnificent, it is clear that the Indians are having their first valley following a truly dominant stretch of baseball. Perhaps I am overplaying this week’s struggles, they are just 2-3, which is not distressing by any means. Maybe the fact that 2-3 is a struggle shows just how good of baseball they have played over the last 25 games prior to Tuesday.
My distaste may stem from the Tigers series, which certainly was a meager home stand but really it is just irrational fear of a large valley. This fear burgeons from watching a rotation and really pitching staff as a whole that has had a lukewarm week. With Scott Kazmir and Corey Kluber set ...