The Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians opened their four-game series at Progressive Field in Cleveland last night. The Tribe opened this series with a slim win by a score of 4-3. Jean Carlos Meija was strong through 4 innings, as he allowed 2 earned runs to keep the Indians in the game. Dean Kremer was adequate, but conceded 3 earned runs in 5.1 innings to lose the battle of the starting pitchers.
The Indians were coming off a 6-2 loss on Sunday, so it was a good response for them. Logan Gilbert shuttered the door on the Indians in that game. The Indians are a fine team, but they likely just don’t have enough to keep touch with the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central. The White Sox have opened up a 4.5-game lead on the Indians for the lead in the division.
They are out to 41-25 and pulling clear, but the Indians have been holding up well at 35-28. Realistically, it looks like the Indians have a very good chance of catching on as a wildcard in the postseason. If they want to go beyond that, a deal must be struck at the deadline to improve their offense.
There is nothing wrong with the pitching staff of this Indians team. They are above average and would benefit greatly if the front office addresses the offense at the trade deadline. Losing Francisco Lindor did the offense a great disservice, but they didn’t win a World Series with him, so that’s my look as an optimist for this club.
There aren’t too many positives to win on the Orioles. They have multiple holes that must be addressed, which isn’t going to be fixed in one offseason. It’s going to be a long drawn out process for the Orioles. I’m confident the rebuild is going to go well for the Orioles, but patience is certainly key for O’s fans.
Matt Harvey is most definitely not a plan for the future. He’s a mere cheap filler piece for the rotation in the meantime. Harvey’s career was never able to get fully back on track after his injury with the Mets. If he avoids injuries in his career, Harvey might still be a reliable pitcher today. Harvey gets the starting call with Cal Quantrill scheduled for the Indians. Head below for our free Orioles vs. Indians pick on June 15, 2021.
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If Matt Harvey wants to be pitching next season, he’s doing a pretty poor job of showing that he wants a job in 2022. His career has been hanging on by a thread for more than a few years now, and if Harvey doesn’t round into shape in the second-half, it’s hard to see how he makes it to next season. Harvey enters Progressive Field with an ERA of 7.41 and 1.68 WHIP through 54.7 innings. In his previous three starts, Harvey has notched a 13.00 ERA and 2.22 WHIP.
Note that in his last five starts, he’s allowed at least 5 earned runs. He’s been at his worst on the road, where he has a 7.90 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in 27.3 innings on the hill. There might be some really desperate teams out there looking for somebody to put in their rotation, but it’s hard to see Harvey finding a job if this continues.
I’ve said the same thing since 2018, so who knows. In Harvey’s previous three campaigns, he’s posted an ERA of 7.00, 7.09, and 11.57. This is nothing new for Harvey, but how much longer can it go on for before he can’t find a rotation desperate enough for his services? He will likely have to be in top form with Quantrill going for the Indians.
Quantrill has been strong with an ERA of 3.21 and 1.37 WHIP this season. He’s been utilized mostly as a reliever, but has been solid as a starter when called on. Quantrill is in his best form at home where he owns a 1.93 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through 14 innings on the bump. He was torched for 5 hits and 5 earned runs in 1.1 innings against the O’s at Camden Yards on June 6. Back home at Progressive Field, expect Quantrill to bounce back versus Baltimore.
He may not last too long, even if he’s pitching well because of his use as a reliever. That’s fine, though, because the Indians’ bullpen is one of the better units in the major leagues. They are going well with an ERA of 3.23 for a top-5 bullpen. Conversely, the O’s bullpen has faltered with a 4.59 ERA, so there isn’t much help if Harvey falters again. I like the Indians by at least 2 runs.