Series Review: Cleveland Indians @ Chicago White Sox

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Apr 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) hits a two-run walk off home run during the ninth inning at U.S Cellular Field. the Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-3. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Bad:

  • Justin Masterson had his second bad start in a row. After getting roughed up by the Twins in 3.2 innings, Masterson failed to make it through the fifth against the White Sox. At first, the Indians had said his start against the Twins was a mechanical issue they could remedy. Well, they might need to go back to the drawing board before his next start.
  • It was bound to happen eventually, but John Axford finally blew a save opportunity on Sunday. After the Indians battled back to take the lead in the ninth inning, Axford walked the tying run on base and then gave up the game winning home run to Alexei Ramirez. A devastating blow for a team that could have used a victory.
  • Danny Salazar achieved the record mentioned earlier, but that doesn’t mean he pitched well. He still allowed five earned runs, two of which came via the long ball. Despite that, this shouldn’t be much of a concern.
  • Carlos Carrasco turned in another clunker on Friday night. Carrasco complained of fatigue and as a result will head to the bullpen for the upcoming week. That will provide him a chance to rest before making his next scheduled start.  Carrasco has also been working on implementing new mechanics. It should be interesting to see how he well Mickey Callaway can get his issues corrected.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera‘s bat seems to be coming around a bit, but he keeps finding himself heading to the plate in crucial situations. Each and every time it happens, he swings at the first pitch and either weakly grounds out or pops up. It’s almost as if Cabrera is trying too hard to make something happen rather than letting the game come to him. It’s growing incredibly frustrating to watch.
  • The double play continues to haunt the Indians’ offense. Time and time again, the double play ground ball has ended rallies.
  • Another troubling trend for the Indians pitching staff, especially for the starters, has been giving up runs in the inning following the offense scoring runs. Several times during this weekend’s series the Indians would tie or take the lead. In the following half inning they would allow the White Sox to score. This can be demoralizing to an offense as they will never feel like they can score enough runs to win a game.
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